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!
9 Patch ~ Outer Border:
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
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″
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!
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: http://www.patchworkposse.com/medallion-quilt-along
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.
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.
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!