Busy Body Medallion Quilt Along – 1st Border...

Busy Body Medallion Quilt Along – 1st Border Quilt Block

Today we will be sewing the first quilt block of the last border on the medallion quilt.

There are two quilt blocks in the border- the one we will be stitching is the 9 patch.  It’s a super simple block!

The thing that makes it a little bit of a challenge is we will be putting it on point when it’s sewn together.

Because you are cutting a square into triangles for the on point part- please make sure you don’t pull those.  There is a bias edge that is exposed and will warp and stretch, so make sure you don’t go all crazy with the ironing and pulling it into a mess!

medallion quilt along busy body quilt

9 Patch ~ Outer Border:
Darker fabric:
70 – 2 1/2” X 2 1/2”
56 – 2 1/2” X 2 1/2”
28 – 5 1/2” X 5 1/2”

9 Patch Quilt Block Instructions:

1) Sew three rows alternating the background and dark fabric squares
*There will be 5 color squares and 4 background squares per block

1st block templates 1

2) Sew the three rows together
3) Repeat for a total of 14 quilt blocks
4) Cut the 5 1/2” X 5 1/2” square in half once from corner to corner
5) Sew one triangle to each side of the 9 patch. This will put the 9 patch on point

6) Square up to 9 1/2″ X 9 1/2″

border block 1 busy body quilt along

busy body quilt along border block 2

Liz (who has been super helpful this round with testing the pattern- thank you!)  has come up with an alternative way of laying out the quilt blocks in the border. I simply put them in an every other pattern…that’s the top layout image below.

IF you’d like to make your corners the same block, you can do this by doubling up the center of the border row….so in the bottom image you’ll notice that in the corners are all blocks A and then in the center of the row are TWO block B’s.  This will put your numbers off of what you are sewing- you’ll need 12 Block A and then 16 block B.  Make sense?  Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

bb qal month 4 and 5 variation

If you are sewing along and would like to help spread the word– here are some blog buttons you can post and share on your site.

link the following blog buttons to:

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Skill level: Beginner – Confident Beginner. I really am kind of a lazy stitcher.  I’m not a huge fan of difficult or brain thinking quilt blocks, so for the most part they are simple and a great place to start. Because of the community atmosphere, you are able to get help if you are stuck, ask questions and share a hint.

Technique: There are a few paper piecing blocks, but mostly their is patchwork.  The blocks aren’t too difficult- that is why the beginner skill level.

Price: free!

Pattern Format: blog post format.  You have the option of using the print option at the bottom of the post if you would like a paper version of it.


Materials List

May 2 – Center Block

June 5 – Flower and Stem Border

July 3 – Flying geese and Scrappy Border

August 1 – 1st border block

September 4 – 2nd border block

October 2 – Final Layout

November 6 – Quilting & Binding Chat

If you are sewing along- make sure you post your progress in the quilting fb group.  Can’t wait to see it!

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  1. Julie

    2 August

    Good Afternoon, i could not print the print button, so i could print out. is there a PDF verson.

  2. Lynda Bee

    3 August

    What is the difference between Block A and Block B? Color placement of the lights and darks in the 4 patch?

  3. Becky

    3 August

    block a is a traditional 9 patch set on point. Block b is a stretch 9 patch on point. Just a little bit different. 🙂

  4. Susan

    5 August

    The title says this is the first border, but I though we already did a first border. Also, I haven’t seen a print button anywhere on the page for any of the QAL parts so far.

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