On the Blog: March Medallion Quilt Along Border 2

March 25, 2016

We have some amazing medallion quilts being created!

It’s great have so many of you participating and see the progress each month. Our show and tell at the meeting was fantastic! There was also a flurry of medallion work at the retreat this month, adding to the inspiration we’ve seen so far on Instagram. (#chicagomqgmedallion)

 This month’s border includes both a solid strip to increase the block size and an improv triangle border.

With permission from the Seattle MQG here are the instructions for the March border:

 Here are some examples of this border:

image courtesy of Seattle Modern Quilt Guild
image courtesy of Sarah Shulman

Some helpful hints on this month’s instructions:

Step 1: The first strip of the border is not pictured on the coloring sheet. You may choose to use it or not, but read the note at the end of the instructions.

 Step 3: When sewing the 3.5” small squares to the 6” squares, make sure your corner square will extend over the corner of the 6” square after it is stitched and pressed. A 6” or 6.5” square ruler really helps to resquare the corners.

 Step 5: Use the 45 degree line on your cutting mat to help line up the triangles for trimming.

use your 45 degree line on your cutting mat as a reference line when cutting

Step 6: When sewing the triangles together offset the seams by 1⁄4”.

 Steps 7 & 8: The bias edges are both a help and a hindrance in these steps. Use the bias to help ease the seams to match, but be careful not to stretch the seam too much. For the inset seam, backstitch the seam at each inside corner. When sewing all borders, mark and match the centers, then the ends, then ease as needed to match the rest of the seam.

 As always, we are offering a new step each month, so please join in and work at your own pace, make adjustments if you’d like, and have fun! Remember to share your progress on Instagram using #chicagomqgmedallion. Bring your medallions to each month’s meeting where we’ll have a show and tell and continue to inspire and encourage each other.

Here are some pictures from this month’s meeting with participant’s medallion progress:
(images courtesy of Emily Lang):

Lots of gorgeous medallions – and remember – everyone is working at their own pace, so if you haven’t started and want to, jump in at any time!

– written by Sarah S.
– edited, formatted, posted by Erin D.
– special thanks to Emily L. for taking photos of all of the medallion participants!

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Photo: Triangles quilt by Erika Mulvenna