A Medallion in Solids

Tuesday I delivered a finished quilt and a top to one of my favorite quilt shops, Inspirations in Hills, IA. I’ll be teaching a five-week class there beginning October 16. The pieces I delivered will serve as samples, and hopefully will attract a few more students to join the fun.

My original design incorporates some great basic lessons in some simple blocks. We’ll make puss-in-the-corners, snowballs, flying geese, half-square triangles, and variable stars. Combined with reinforcement on that 1/4″ seam, cutting and pressing, and careful construction, the students can look forward to success.

Unquilted sample

Here is the EQ7 drawing I used to plan this one:

EQ7 drawing

Take another look. The half-square triangles are placed differently in the drawing than in the fabric sample.

And the other, quilted sample, with a completely different look:

A more modern take

One of the lessons for students will be trying those triangle squares a number of different ways before sewing them together. It’s a good design lesson, along with those in construction.

I’m looking forward to this class, and seeing how different these quilts will turn out given different colors and patterns.

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12 thoughts on “A Medallion in Solids

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      It’s a pretty simple design, but enough “meat” on it to teach some good construction lessons. If we have time, I’ll also talk to them about WHY I designed it as I did.

      Thanks for taking a look.

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      I do find it useful. For what I do, it’s reasonably intuitive, I think. But there are a lot more functions I don’t use. A goal: learn more, use it more completely. It is like other gadgets and tools, though. If it isn’t used, it’s a big waste of money. I’d recommend trying it on someone else’s computer if you’re able, to see what you think.

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  1. snarkyquilter

    I think you have a variety of quilting tastes covered in your 2 class samples. Glad you went the extra mile to make two. I know it’s hard for students to envision how a pattern will make up differently than the class sample.

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Thanks. They are quite different, and the one I’ll make up for teaching IN class will be a different look than either. One of the things I think is good about the design is it is appropriate for any fabric style, including juvenile novelty prints! But only if they can envision it, too.

      thanks for taking a look.

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  2. bermudagirl

    Melanie, I still love it! Really the colors of the top version, are so bold and the design is fantastic. I think the changes you made with the half-square triangles, assist with it making the center design pop, better than the original plan. Great work!
    Jodie

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  3. Thread crazy

    I love the third version as the outer border is somewhat softer, allowing the center to stand out boldly. For quilting, maybe use a variegated thread that would blend in with your fabric.

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