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Friday, 28 October 2011

Spontaneous medallions Instructions

My medallion quilts are not very formally planned rather I just make them up as I go along. Most of the sizes of strips and triangles are determined by the amount of the particular fabric that I have - not anything more significant ..... this is a stash busting pattern.
Finished flimsy - on a breezy day - it is actually square.
 However this time I will take you on the journey.



ALL MEASUREMENTS INCLUDE THE SEAM ALLOWANCE OF 1/4". This means the 1" strip  make a half inch piece in the final quilt.

Choose the center - in this case it is a panel.
Choose 1 or 2 fabrics to be the inner triangles after the switch from Diamond to square and visa versa.


I frame the picture with borders. 1" white, 2 1/2" marble green, 1 1/2" cream. This makes the central panel 28 1/2" square - which is less that half of the width or height of the finished quilt. the finished quilt will always be at least 2 times bigger. Note if the panel is not square adjust boarder widths to produce a square.



What I have learned through my various experiments is that it is important for the last row of border (before a change of direction) be distinct color or the whole thing looks messy.


To make into a diamond.

1. Check the existing panel is square.
2. Cut 4 triangles. In example: TWO 10" squares of yellow floral cut in half along diagonal.


3. Continue to built up the triangles until the diagonal is bigger than the edge of  the central panel. I prefer to add the strips to the triangle and then trim the 45 degree angle using the markings on my cutting board and ruler.  In this case I added 2 1/2"  light green , then 3" mid green, 2" dark green.

TIP: when adding a bias edge to an edge in the straight of grain sew with the bias up and the straight of grain against your machines feed dogs.

The following 3 steps are for the Y shaped join at the shares point (alternative join in next section)



4. Match the center of the triangle diagonal with the center of the side of the square the triangle will hang out over the ends. make sure the amount of over hang is even... Pin. Sew 1/4 inch seam -leaving the last 1/4 inch of square side un-stitched.
5. Do all 4 triangles








6. Fold center square along its diagonal. Match up the triangle over hangs at each end. (Hopefully they match up - if they don't do the best you can and trim the sides of the finished new square straight. ) Sew down to the edge so that the seam is at right angles with the outer edge. Check it sits flat. If it does not do not panic work out if it is too tight or loose unpick and restitch accordingly. trim off excess.
7. Straighten new diamond and add sashing . ( 2" yellow).



To make back into a square.

1. Check the existing diamond is square.
2. Cut 4 triangles. In example: TWO 12 1/2" squares yellow fabric.and then cut them in half along their diagonal.
3. Continue to built up the triangles until the diagonal is bigger than the edge of  the central panel. I prefer to add the strips to the triangle and then trim the 45 degree angle using the markings on my cutting board and ruler.  In this case I added  3 1/2"  light green , 4" mid green (I needed 5 width of fabric(WOF) strips and had to join to get the required lengths),  then 4" dark green (Probably easiest made from 8 (WOF) strips - I would have cut 5" strips but did not have enough fabric)



The following steps are for the diagonal join at the tip of the diamond. (Alternative Y shaped join see previous section)
 4. Match the center of the triangle diagonal with the center of the side of the square the triangle will hang out over the ends. make sure the amount of over hang is even... Pin. Sew 1/4 inch seam to the end of the diamond.
5.Sew on the other triangles sewing right out to the edge of any triangles already added.


7. Straighten new square and add sashing. (4 1/2" very dark green)

2 comments:

  1. Love those quilts!
    ... the instructions look ok to me - but then I have already done stuff like this so I already knew how ;-)

    btw ... that last photo - with the seam, in the dark fabric, at the corner - on the quilt I did that has a corner like that (that pokes into the border behind it) I did it without having a seam in that border - so in case you/someone wants to have a go at doing it that way, I will try and explain it here, using that bottom photo - if you leave/cut that dark border all as one strip, you should be able to sew it to the light green one, if you fold the light corner out of the way and leave that little bit not sewn - you will probably need to press the seams to ward the light fabric rather than the light green, and you can press the edges of the corner under while you are at it - then applique the corner down onto the dark strip. I hope that makes sense? (maybe I should do a blog tutorial on it? ... or if it didn't make sense - maybe not? ;-)

    btw - I just noticed, in your profile, that you are in Naracoorte - I grew up there! ... well - from about the age of 10 - I did the last half of primary school and all of high school there ... I finished year 12 in 1979, then my parents moved back to Adelaide a year later (and to NSW then QLD a few years after that) and I have not been back since then - so I probably wouldn't recognise the place! lol

    btw - tried to post as my blogger/google ID but it wouldn't let me ... seems to be some glitch in blogger because that has been happening with a few blogs I have tried to comment on lately ...

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  2. Wonderful instructions. I hope to try them soon.

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