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XOXO top. Sixth Medallion Sew-Along Track 1. 48″.

This is a UFO created last year with my Medallion Sew-Along. I started six projects using Track 1 (prescribed border widths) and have finished five of them. This is the sixth, not yet quilted.

Why did I give up on it? Because I wasn’t happy with the pastel half-square-triangle border. It seemed too wimpy to me, compared to the strong star in the middle. Once the blue-with-circles border was on, I put the project away.

But I’m a finisher. So I took it to my Medallion Improv class last month and asked the students for ideas on the 2″ border. They suggested turquoise or teal, to echo the first border. When I looked through stash, I found the turquoise with lavender butterflies and yellow dots. Adding that re-enthused me.

The final border in the Sew-Along template was 6″ wide. I already planned the Xs and Os border but wasn’t sure what colors to use. Inspiration struck and I decided to use all of them! I pulled more than 20 fabrics for the 28 blocks, ultimately using 16 of them.

The background fabric was a small problem, but solved when I used a very sweet mid-blue and turned it over. The color nearly matches the background of the center blue. Remember, you own BOTH sides of your fabric. Sometimes the back is just right.

This is a very happy top, and once quilted and bound, it will be a very happy quilt.

What’s the last UFO you finished? Why had you stalled on it? What inspired you to finish? Were you happy with it? Who got it?