I have always wanted to make a medallion quilt, so when I made a cutting mistake in one of the Violets & More blocks (cut on the square, not the diamond), I decided to make lemonade, and from the ashes came this great lap or wall quilt.
Finished size of quilt – 43.5” square
All seam allowances are ¼”
The Medallion Quilt
- 1.5m black homespun
- 14” square piece of fusible pellum
- 14” square piece of batting
- Embroidery Threads – Mettler
- 0453 – Medium Yellow Green
- 4644 – Dark Blue Green
- 5664 – Medium Blue Green
- 3045 – Lavender Mauve
- 0660 – Pale Butter
- 0520 – Medium Yellow
- 0506 – Pale Orange
- 2905 – Dark Purple
- 2830 – Medium Purple
- 0310 – Bright Yellow
- 2300 – Bright Pink
- 0221 – Lime Green
- Bobbin thread
- Embroidery foot for your machine
- Free motion quilting foot for your machine
- ¼” sewing foot for your sewing machine
- Quilting ruler, matboard, rotary cutter
- Template for block 5 square.
- 3 x 1.5” strips of pale mauve fabric
- 95 4×2” strips of multi coloured fabrics for 3rd border.
- Print a template using design “block 5”
- Violets & More Embroidery Collection by Julie Hall Designs
- Free Auxiliary Designs from Julie Hall Designs
- Take the black homespun and cut off a 14” strip
- Cut the 14” strip to form a 14” square
- Take the fusible pellum and iron on to the wrong side of the homespun square.
- Take the template and place over the square.
- Using a chalk pencil, mark the position of the design.
- Transfer the designs for block 5 onto your embroidery machine.
- Using the numbered template to show you the stitching order, hoop with tear away stabiliser, and embroider each of the designs, pressing the back of the work between each embroidery.
- Once complete, remove all of the excess stabiliser and press.
- Trim the block to 12 ½” square.
Take the three 1.5” strips of pale mauve fabric, and stitch together to form 1 long strip. Press
Using your ¼” foot, stitch the pale mauve fabric to the 12 ½” block, beginning with the top and bottom, and then the two sides.
The second border is where all of the embroidery takes place. You will need the auxiliary files, and the medallion border templates (available for two weeks as a free download)
- Cut 4 x 7” strips of fabric, and attach to the square, beginning with the top and bottom, and then the two sides.
- Take the medallion border templates, and mark the centre of the template by folding in half length wise.
- Position the template over the border, aligning centre of the template with centre of the border. (Don’t worry if it appears there will be a 1 – 1 ½” gap at the edge, we will cover that up in the final step.)
- Using the hooping sequence marked on the template, embroider each of the designs in turn on the border.
- Repeat for the other two sides of the border.
- Using the medallion border bow template, embroider the bottom edge of the quilt.
- Take the individual violet design and place over the gap in the border to join (if you still have a small space, use the satin stitch on your machine to join).
- Trim the border down to 6½”.
- Take the strips of fabric, and join together in no particular order, to form one long strip.
- Attach the strip of coloured fabric to the top/bottom, then sides of the quilt.
- Cut 4 x 6” strips of fabric, and attach to the square, beginning with the top and bottom, and then the two sides.
- Using the single frangipani designs, mark up the corners, and centre points of each border.
- Hoop the fabric using the markings made in step 2, and embroider the frangipani to complete.
Quilting & Binding
- I have quilted my medallion quilt using the following method, in the following order.
- Pin the entire quilt, using quilt top, wadding and backing.
- Stipple quilt the middle medallion
- Ditch stitch the one inch border
- Echo quilt the 2nd border, following the embroidery
- Ditch stitch the 3rd border
- Stipple quilt the 4th border and bind to complete.