Looking through my stash of fabrics this summer, I found a lovely set a fabrics which had been a gift from a friend. There was a jelly roll of 2 1/2 inch batik strips and two 1/2 yards of coordinating fabrics. I also found 1/2 yard of a novelty print with inhabitants of both North and South Poles which was a perfect match for the watery/icy colors batiks in the jelly roll. I also pulled out some coordinating Kona® cotton solids to add to my collection of fabrics.
I decided to use them to make a medallion quilt. A medallion quilt has a central focus block and strips of fabric or strips of blocks are added concentrically until the quilt is the final desired size. It sound simple, but it's actually rather challenging. It that QUILT MATH THING! I've written previously about Designing Medallion Quilts.
I also wanted to use the book. The Fussy Cut Sampler, by Nichole Ramirez and Elisabeth Woo, published by Lucky Spool Media 2017. I picked "block 32, four-way prints" on page 96 of the book as my central feature block in the quilt.
In the next several posts, I will post step-by-step instructions, with measurements, on how I made this crib sized quilt. It's not a tested pattern but it should work if you want to make a similar fussy cut medallion quilt using a jelly roll. The finished quilt should measure approximately 44 x 52 inches. (I haven't quilted it yet so don't know the exact completed dimensions).
- 1 jelly roll or 2 1/2 inch strips cut the width of the fabric. About 30.
- 1/2 yard of 2 coordinating patterned fabrics
- 1/2 yard of 2 coordinating solid fabrics
- 1/2 yard of a novelty print, with some motifs that are not larger than 2 x 2 inches
- Fabric scraps
STEP 1: Make the Central Medallion Block
- Make a 9 1/2 inch unfinished quilt block with a complex pattern or interesting pattern.
In the next three posts, released each Thursday, there will detailed photos and information for each set of concentric strip sets to make a similar quilt.
Hunt through your stash if you have one, find some great fabrics, and sew along!