Today’s Topic: How to Make a Posy Medallion Quilt
Welcome to Week Five: Better Machine Quilt-a-long based on my book 25 Days to Better Machine Quilting.
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Good Morning, Quilters!
Today we are making a Posy Medallion Quilt. This quilt is easy to make and is a great way to practice hand position.
Most importantly, the posy medallion is a basic design recipe. It can be used to fill square blocks and borders in YOUR collection or to create a wide variety of small quilts.
Mark the Quilt Sandwich
In the center of a quick quilt sandwich, mark a six inch square with a 2 inch border.
The square is easiest to mark if you have a six inch square ruler. If YOUR ruler is 6-1/2 inch square–use it and mark a 6-1/2 inch square instead. The size is not important so make it easy!!
Doodle The Messy Spiral
Practice doodling the Messy Spiral in clusters. Add simple leaves.
Using contrasting color thread, stitch the posy in the center square.
Try to fill in as much of the square as possible.
Knot off after completing the posy.
Stitch the Marked Lines
The hardest thing to machine quilt is a long straight line. Any time your design calls for a long line, consider stitching it as a wavy line so you can free motion quilt it. If you really want a straight line, either switch to machine guided quilting or ruler work quilting.
For this practice, I recommend stitching a wavy line around each square. Stitch the inner square and echo stitch the line and knot off. Stitch the outer line and closely echo stitch the line.
Sign and BIND your mini-quilt!
Change the Basic Recipe
To create your own version of this quilt, use the basic formula: Posy in the center and a border around.
For example, change the flowers, use a straight line border, and add handwriting:
Change the flowers, and add messy spirals for the inner and outer borders:
Piece the border in a different color:
Did YOU practice good hand position?
Are YOUR shoulders down and relaxed or hunched?
R-E-L-A-X (easier said than done!)
How many variations did YOU doodle?
Can you add a posy medallion to a block in one of your current quilts?
We’d LOVE to hear!
Your quilting garden fairy,
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