Thursday, August 28, 2014

Medallion Along: August/Round 7

Robert Kaufman sponsored guild quilt made with Carolyn Friedlander's Botanics fabrics

Instead of a Block of the Month this year, we are doing a Medallion Along! Join us each month as we introduce a new round. We will introduce new rounds through September and hope that gives people time to finish their quilts by December's meeting, where we will have a mini exhibition of them. The completed quilts should finish around 68 inches square.

Before beginning, your medallion should measure 52.5 inches square.

This month, we're using strip piecing to create our round. Alternating squares of strip pieced blocks with rectangles creates the look of a stitched line.

Step 1:
For Strip Sets
Cut (4) 1 inch strips Width of Fabric (about 42") for center strip fabric (contrast fabric)
Cut (8) 2.25 inch strips Width of fabric (about 42") from background fabric
Cut (32) - 4.5 inch x 2.5 inch rectangles from background fabric 

For Corner Stones:Cut (4) - 2.5 inch squares from contrast fabric 
Cut (8) - 4.5 inch by 1.5 inch rectangles of background fabric
Cut (8) - 2.5 inch by 1.5 inch rectangles of background fabric
Step 2:
Sew a 1 inch strip between two 2.25 inch strips, ironing seams open.  Repeat 3 more times, creating 4 strips of 4.5 inch by 42 inch strips that have a line going down the middle.  From each of these strips,  cut (9) 4.5 inch by 4.5 inch squares.  You should now have (36) 4.5 inch by 4.5 inch blocks with a line going down the center.  
Step 3:
For each corner stone, sew a 2.5 inch by 1.5 inch rectangle of background fabric on either side of 2.5" square contrast fabric.  Press seams to the center square.  Sew 4.5 inch by 1.5 inch rectangle of background fabric on remaining sides, pressing seams to the center.

Step 4:
For each side of the medallion, you will use (9) - 4.5 inch square line blocks and (8) - 2.5 inch by 4.5 inch rectangles of background fabric.  Start with a lined block and alternate sewing together a lined block and a rectangle, pressing seams to the rectangle side. Sew four strips. Take two of these strips and stitch to the top and bottom of your medallion. Press as you like. (I generally press in towards the center of the medallion). Sew a cornerstone to each side of the remaining two strips, and then sew them to the left and right sides ot the medallion. Press as you like.

Your medallion should now measure 60.5 inches square. Only one more round to go!

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