Saturday, 28 June 2014

Mini Medallion Quilt a Long - part 1

Yesterday as I was going through my daily feed on Bloglovin, and I noticed Staci of The Confused Quilter was doing a mini medallion quilt a long. I followed her links and found that Clover & Violet were running the quilt a long.

my centre block
I read all about it, and decided a little 32" x 32" medallion quilt would be fun to make. It would also provide me with a few more tips and tricks on borders for the Possum Magic round robin.

The quilt needs 10 fat quarters and 2 half yards. I like to know I've got all the fabrics I need before I embark on these types of things. Then I can balance the fabrics and not end up having to add a totally new fabric on the final border.

Back in May I won 5 Michael Miller fat quarters during the Sew Mamma Sew Giveaways.  They are teal which is a colour I like, but not one that I've used a lot. I do know it's very popular at the moment, and it would look nice in my family room if I decide to turn the quilt into a wall hanging.

the fat quarters I won in May
I decided to visit my local quilt shop to buy 5 more fat quarters to complement the ones above. There were so many options in teal. I ended up buying a yellow / mustard one just to provide a 'pop' element. I already had 2 larger pieces at home that are suitable for the background fabrics. (Yes, that's more than 10 fat quarters, but always better to be on the safe side!)

fabrics for mini medallion quilt a long
So knowing that I had all the fabrics I needed, it was safe to start. I made my little centre block in less than 2 hours, and am quite happy with how it turned out. It's ages since I've done flying geese, so it was worth it for that alone.

Fortunately I don't have to wait long for July's instructions to arrive. That's the beauty of joining in a bit late!


Liz said...

I think it's a great start to the medallion, and I really like the addition of the mustard yellow to break up all the blues. Nice job!

Staci said...

LOL! Hey, Wendy! Nice to see you coming along on the medallion quilt journey! Your fabric collection is marvelous, love that pop of mustard with it, makes the group really sparkle. Just a few days and we get to see what the first border will look like! I'm so excited and betting you are, too!

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

I like your additional pull of fabrics to compliment your Michael Miller bundle; the pop of yellow with and the lighting bugs are fabulous!

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

That yellow is scrumptious! I'm following along with this one in spirit ... no time for another project just yet ..

margaret said...

what a lovely selection of fabrics you have here, now popping over to look this medallion quilt up

Gina said...

I love the fabric in the centre of that block. I really wish you hadn't posted about this. I'm a sucker for QAL's and will just have to join in now xx

Lin's Quilts said...

I really like the addition of the yellow with the blues. Have fun!

Granny Maud's Girl said...

Secretly, you just wanted an excuse to buy more gorgeous fabric, right?