Medallion Lessons

Looking for information on making a medallion quilt? You’ve come to the right place! Under this tab you’ll find a growing list of links to help you create a medallion of your own design. You can choose a center block, and design borders to enhance it and each other. Learn about design concepts such as unity, proportion, balance, movement, color, value, shape, and line.

Some links will be replaced over time, as I develop better ways to illustrate similar concepts. The replaced posts will remain published, though, in case you have them bookmarked individually.

Have questions about medallion topics you don’t see covered? Drop me an email — I’ll either point you to existing posts or perhaps write one to address your question! You can find me at catbirdquilts at gmail dot com

OVERALL DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
Medallion Quilt Rules
How I Design Medallion Quilts
A Look at Some Medallion Quilts
Design Process — Another Way to Go On Point
The Queen’s Medallion
Design Process — EQ7 and Medallion Quilts

DESIGN ELEMENTS AND PRINCIPLES
Proportion, Part 1
Proportion, Part 2
Proportion, Part 3
Finding Value
Playing with Color and Value Placement

CENTER BLOCKS
Lessons: Starting a Medallion Quilt
Lessons: Medallion Center Block Considerations
Medallion Process — The Center Block
A Center Block for a Medallion Quilt
Make A Block With Me
More 15″ Blocks
Straight or On-Point Setting?
How to Set a Block On Point

BORDER DESIGN
Medallion Process — First Borders
Pieced Borders
Design Process — Playing with Ideas for First Border Set
Design Process — Ideas for Second Border Set
Design Process — Ideas for 3rd Borders
Sawtooth Borders
Around the Corner
Around the Corner — Flowers for Kate

BORDER CONSTRUCTION
Design Process — Border Size Problems and Solutions
Calculating Borders to Fix Size Problems

REFERENCES AND TUTORIALS
Lessons: Medallion Books Review
Lessons: Border Books Review
Lessons: Round Robin Books Review
Accurate 1/4″ Seams
Fraction Conversions
Lessons: Rectangles Include Squares

ROUND ROBINS
Round Robin Rules
Round Robin with My Sister
Round Robin Quilts Are Just Medallions
Round Robin Challenges
Lessons: Round Robin Books Review

Favorite quilt history links for more inspiration:
International Quilt Study Center & Museum
The Quilt Index
Rocky Mountain Quilts
Barbara Brackman’s Material Culture

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