On the Blog: April + May Medallion Quilt Along Instructions!

April 26, 2016

We’re heading into both the midpoint of the medallion borders and a very busy time of year for many of us! Keep plugging away at your own pace, and know that there’s some time built into the Quilt Along in the fall for finishing up. 

To view previous month’s tutorials – 

Once again there were some beautiful quilts shown at the April meeting! You can see that we’re all at different stages of this creative process. ????

This month we’re introducing both the April and May instructions to help you play catch up and to balance the making of one easy border and one border that’s more time consuming. 

With permission from the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, here are the instructions for the April border:


Here are a few notes for April to help you get started:

  • Note the starting size at the top of the instructions. This may not be your quilt’s size, which will be okay, but you may want to square the quilt up at this point to help with additional borders. 
  • To see quilts with the 2 color/contrasting light and dark fabrics, check out #seamqgbom on Instagram. 
  • You  may need to adjust the width of the strips depending on the starting size of your quilt. 

And the instructions from Seattle for the May border:

may bom

Some notes for May:

  • The raspberry kiss block instructions are found by following the link to woodenspoonquilts.blogspot.com
  • There are 3 alternate block versions given, and many other blocks could be substituted if you choose. Just be sure the block is 4.75″ unfinished/4.25″ finished. 
  • Some/many of the Seattle members did not add the spacing strips as shown in Step 2. You may need to adjust the width of the April border depending on the size of this border. 
  • You may choose to make a cornerstone block that is different from the other border blocks. Again, see #seamqgbom on Instagram for ideas. 

image courtesy of Sarah Shulman – thanks Sarah!

Please bring your medallions in progress to the May meeting for show and tell! Happy medallion-ing!

– written by Sarah S. and Holly H.
– edited/posted by Erin D.

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Photo: Triangles quilt by Erika Mulvenna