Busy Body Medallion Quilt Along – Center Blo...

Busy Body Medallion Quilt Along – Center Block

Today we are starting the medallion quilt!  So totally excited.

We will first be working on the center block and then moving outward in borders from there.   Today is the center block.  There is a little quicker method for the hour glass block so it’s not too difficult.

I am using a mix of background fabrics….so go ahead and mix it up.  You are not required to go with one fabric for the background.  This quilt is perfect for using your scraps.

Shall we begin?!

medallion quilt along busy body quilt

Busy Body Medallion Quilt Along

finished size: 72″ X 72″

From your materials you will need to cute the following:

Center Star Block:
Darker fabric:
4 – 4 1/2” X 4 1/2”
4 – 7 1/4” X 7 1/4”
2 – 7 1/4” X 7 1/4” (different color than previous dark)
1 – 6 1/2” X 6 1/2” center square

2 – 7 1/4” X 7 1/4”
8 – 4 1/2” X 4 1/2”

center quilt block

Star points:
1) Lay right sides together 7 1/4” dark with background 7 1/4” there will be 2 dark that match up together, make sure they are different fabrics
2) Draw a line from corner to corner on the wrong side

center block step 13) Sew 1/4” seam on either side of the drawn line
4) Cut on the drawn line
5) Lay the new sets together, opposite each other – mix and match them
6) Draw another line from corner to corner and repeat step 3 and 4 (the drawn line will go opposite from the seam you can see)

center block step 2
7) Square up to 6 1/2” X 6 1/2”

Corner blocks:
1) Cut background 4” square in half diagonally
2) Sew triangles to each side of the dark 4 1/2” squares
3) Square up to 6 1/2” X 6 1/2”

center block step 3

1) Lay the pieces out – 2 rows- corner block, star points, corner block
Center row- star points, center square, star points
Sew together the rows: Block should measure 18 1/2” X 18 1/2”

For those of you who’s eyes are going crazy with the non value in the center block– here is the one from the digital form.   I made my center block the same as the corner squares, but really feel free to do whatever you’d like.

busy body quilt along pattern

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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.

finished size: 72″ X 72″


Materials List

May 2 – Center Block

June 5 – Flower and Stem Border

July 3 – Flying geese and Scrappy Border

August 7 – 1st border block

September 4 – 2nd border block

October 2 – Final Layout

November 6 – Quilting & Binding Chat

There are a few who are sewing along just a little bit sooner than everyone else so we can see their progress!  They are so wonderful!  Check out Rene and Joyce quilt blocks.

joyce block rene block

If you are on Instagram- we’ll be using the hashtag #patchworkquiltalong and you can follow on Instagram.

Just because this is all on the blog, I get it.  You might forget.  Things are busy in your sewing room!

So- if you’d like you can sign up for email reminders here:   Busy Body Medallion Quilt Along email reminder list.

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Here are my favorite quilting supplies, just in case you are looking for new rulers, mats, or cutters.

For previous round robins you can find them here:  Patchwork Posse Round Robins

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  1. Mel

    3 May

    Why do the directions say to cut 10 six and a half inch squares? I did that first and now it looks like I won’t be using them for this block. I guess I’m confused.

  2. Becky

    3 May

    Mel- sorry about that! I have updated the pattern.
    You will oonly need one 6 1/2″ square for the center. I had it in there twice and I had a 0 after the 1!!
    Thanks for picking up on that. Save the pieces for later- I’m sure they will come in handy!

  3. Dee

    31 May

    I have just done the first block and I love it! Looking forward to next month! Dee x

  4. Becky

    3 June

    Awesome Dee!!!

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