Mini Medallion Quilt Tutorial + Sew-Along

on April 17 | in Contests & Giveaways, Sew-Alongs, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns, Spring Quilt Sew-Alongs | by | with 32 Comments

Corey Yoder from Little Miss Shabby, is the author of the new book Playful Petals: Learn Simple, Fusible Appliqué. Corey recently shared her Big Stitch Quilting + HST Pillow Top tutorial and we were thrilled when she designed this Mini Medallion Quilt for our Spring Sew-Alongs! This is the first part of Corey’s tutorial; the second set of instructions will follow next week.

Sew in April and May, selecting either our DYO Sampler Quilt or the Mini Medallion.

Share progress pics and updates now through May 31 via your blog with a link in the comments below, or share on social media with #dyosampler and #minimedallion. Any photo or post showing progress on either quilt qualifies you as a participant. We’ll randomly select winners to win lots of fun prizes on June 1 from our sponsors, Threadbias, Aurifil and C&T Publishing/Stash Books!

Hello! My name is Corey Yoder and you will usually find me blogging over at Little Miss Shabby. I am excited to share Part One of my Mini Medallion Quilt Tutorial!

Medallion Quilts have always been a popular quilt design and in recent years their popularity has increased. My mini medallion quilt is a great scrap buster and skill builder. It’s a great way to whip up a cute medallion quilt in no time at all.

So grab some of your favorite fabric scraps and a bit of yardage and let’s get started!

For the prints in my medallion I chose a number of small scale prints that I had handy in my stash. When working with small pieces, scale plays an important role in fabric choices. Keep in mind that some of the pieces we will be working with are as small as 1 1/2″ square and choose your fabrics accordingly.

In addition to the print fabrics you will need the following:

  • 1 yard Background Fabric(I chose a white solid)
  • 1 yard Backing Fabric
  • 1/4 yard Binding Fabric
  • 30″ x 30″ Piece of Batting
  • Coordinating Thread

Cutting Instructions:
(WOF=width of fabric, based on 42″ usable width)
Cutting instructions given are for the entire medallion.

From the background fabric cut:
– 1 strip 1 1/2″ x WOF, cut into (4) 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles & (4) 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles
– 5 strips 1″ x WOF, trim selvages and sew end to end, cut (2) 1″ x 19 1/2″ strips, (2) 1″ x 20 1/2″ strips, (2) 1″ x 24 1/2″ strips, (2) 1″ x 25 1/2″ strips
– 1 strip 2 1/2″ x WOF, cut into (4) 2 1/2″ squares
– 11 strips 1 1/2″ x WOF, cut into (308) 1 1/2″ squares
– 3 strips 2″ x WOF, cut into (44) 2″ squares

– From the backing fabric cut (1) 30″ square.

– From the binding fabric cut three strips 2 1/4″ x WOF, trim selvages and sew end to end to form continuous binding.

Center and First Border:
For the portion of the medallion we will be making today, three prints are needed.

– From Fabric A (in my medallion, the light blue floral) cut: (1) 2 1/2″ square and (8) 1 1/2″ squares
– From Fabric B (in my medallion, the red floral) cut: (12) 1 1/2″ squares, (4) 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles, and (4) 2″ squares
– From Fabric C(in my medallion, the pink floral) cut: (20) 2 1/2″ squares

For the portion of the medallion we will be working on next week you will need the following:
– For the Friendship Star Border, from each of 20 different prints cut: (2) 2″ squares and (1) 1 1/2″ square
– For the Skinny Print Border cut: 2 strips 1″ x wof, trim selvages, sew end to end and cut (2) 1″ x 18 1/2″ strips and (2) 1″ x 19 1/2″ strips
– For the Square in a Square Border cut: (44) assorted 2 1/2″ squares

Center Star Construction:
Note: Use a scant 1/4″ seam allowance.

1. Use (2) 1 1/2″ Fabric A squares, (2) 1 1/2″ Fabric B squares, and one 2 1/2″ white background square to make a square in a square unit.

To make the square in a square units, use the stitch and flip method to sew a Fabric A 1 1/2″ square right sides together to both top corners of the white background square. In the same manner sew a Fabric B square to both bottom corners. Make a total of four units.

Note: Because of the small pieces and numerous seams, pressing open will result in a beautiful block with less bulk than pressing to one side.

2. Use (1) 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ Fabric B rectangles and (2) 1 1/2″ white solid square to make a flying geese unit.

Use the stitch and flip method to complete the flying geese unit. Make a total of four flying geese units.

3. Use (1) 2″ white solid square and (1) 2″ Fabric B square to make two half square triangles (HST’s). Trim each to 1 1/2″ square.

Make a total of eight HST’s.

4. Sew together a square in a square unit and a flying geese unit. Make a total of four units.

5. Sew together two of the units made in Step 4 and the 2 1/2″ Fabric A square as shown.

6. Sew together two HST’s, (1) 1 1/2″ white solid square and, (1) 1 1/2″ Fabric B square as shown. Make a total of four units.

7. Sew a white 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ white rectangle to the left side of each unit made above. Sew a white 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ white rectangle to the top of each unit.

8. Sew together one of the units made in Step 4 and two of the units made in Step 7. Make two units.

9. Sew together the units made in Step 8 and the unit made in Step 5 to complete the center star. The block should measure 8 1/2″.

I forgot to take a picture of the completed star center. This is an EQ mock-up of what the center star should look like. Fabrics used are from the April Showers collection by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics.

We will now add on our first border.

1. Use the (20) 2 1/2″ Fabric C squares and (40) 1 1/2″ white solid square to construct (20) 2 1/2″ blocks as shown.

2. Sew together two sets of four blocks and sew these to the sides of the center star. Sew together two sets of six blocks and sew these to the top and bottom of the center block. Be sure to pay attention to the orientation of the blocks when sewing them together.

The center portion of our Mini Medallion is now complete! The neat thing about this is that it measures 12 1/2″ and works great as a fun quilt block by itself. Take a look at this block as part of a quilt!

Be sure to stop back next week for my Mini Medallion Tutorial Part 2!

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32 Responses to Mini Medallion Quilt Tutorial + Sew-Along

  1. Melissa says:

    Would it be possible for someone to share how much of each fabric I would need to purchase? I am a beginner and do not have piles of fabric scraps. Thanks!

  2. barbe says:

    almost done, just the last border of square in square. its so cute and tiny, i’m loving this mini

  3. Trudy says:

    This is so sweet! I have not participated in a ‘sew-along’ before, but you have inspired me to try! I don’t know how to post a picture, but I will find some young(!) help. Thank you for the great ideas. Trudy

  4. MrsM says:

    I shared on Pinterest. How can we see everyone’s work?

  5. jo says:

    Hi there, Is there anyway we could see the other ladies/gents quilts???? It would be nice to see how the different fabrics etc turn out

  6. Kay Aycock says:

    I love this and want to sew along. Could you PLEASE make some kind of PDF file so we can print off the directions without printing the entire page? It would make it so much easier if we had a Printer Friendly page to go to. THANKS!!!

  7. maria says:

    me encanta participar en este “mini medallon”

  8. mary says:

    Hi I did my first block. Im no computer lit. Were can I get steps to post pic. I think I put it on twitter but not sure, I dont have a blog.Im would like to see other peoples block.

  9. Debra says:

    Evelyn – I opened it in my browser and bookmarked it so I can find it to do later. I’m working on a quilt right now, but have so many scraps I’d like to use.

  10. Leslie says:

    Hi! Thank you for the great Medallion Sew Along! I want to get started, but I was wondering if you could add a printer friendly link or PDF file to print without pages of the advertising, links or comments? If I use my IPad, the screen goes black between checking my ruler and cutting!
    Thanks, take care, Leslie

  11. Liz M says:

    I did the first two colours tonight – a real test of my precision sewing but i think I only lost a couple of points! Now to cut a load more 1.5″ squares! My progress is on Instagram #minimedallion as Harrysmum2
    Thanks for sharing such a gorgeous pattern!

  12. Lisa says:

    Will there be a way to print this out? At least the directions part? I need to have paper directions in front of me?

  13. Lesley says:

    Part one completed! May repeat in a totally different colorway. Watch this space!

  14. Graciela says:

    Hi! I translated the tutorial to spanish. It is available in my blog if any spanish speaking quilter wants to have it. My blog is I have also opened a group in facebook and there is a large group of people sewing the mini medallion. You can search the group. It is called ¿Cosemos juntas? This is the link It is an opened group, anyone can visit. Thank you so much for the tutorial Corey, we are having so much fun doing it and sharing our work!

  15. Lindsey says:

    This is so cute! I’m hoping I’ll be able to get started tomorrow. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  16. barbe says:

    Sew perfect, been wanting to do a medallion quilt but not a big one, just finished fussy cutting a bunch of Pam kitty fabric all ready to start sewing Sunday. Thanks for doing this.

  17. barbe says:

    I find using starch before cutting really helps with little pieces

  18. lattegirl40 says:

    have part one complete and posted pictures via instagram!! I’m thinking of adding an extra border to bump it up to a baby size quilt!!

  19. Lisa Acevedo says:

    This is wonderful and may I say perfect timing. I was just telling my daughter that I need to find a project that I can hang in my sewing room and help me with my over abundance of scraps! This is perfect. Thank you. Can’t wait for the next tutorial.

  20. Evelyn says:

    Wish I could print so I could save to make later, tooooo cute. Love your color and choice selection.

  21. sablon kaos says:

    I myself just learned it does look difficult, but I will keep trying

  22. Wonderful! I am a scrappy quilter and really like this one. I will be joining your tutorial. – Connie

  23. Jo says:

    Lovely quilt, must have a go at this one

  24. This is great! I’m going to join in. I always plan to but never do, so this time I am!

  25. Cynthia says:

    Hi Corey, I love your mini medallion quilt! I want to follow along, but was wondering where I post my finished blocks to be entered for some of the gorgeous Aurifil prizes. Thank you 🙂

    • Beth says:

      Cynthia– Just add a comment on the post with a link to your photo or blog post, or share via social media using #minimedallion! You can even share progress photos for a chance to win (so it doesn’t have to just be a finished block).

  26. elsa says:

    Oh, I love it! going to have to pick out fabrics to make it ~ thanks for such a lovely tutorial!!!

  27. betz2u says:

    Corey, you have done it again. Love it. Can’t wait for tutorial #2. Oh so excited about this. Digging in stash now to blast off on this. You are so talented. Thank you for sharing. Betty

  28. Kandy says:

    This is SO CUTE! I am going to try it, but I am a little intimidated by the tiny pieces. I will at least do one for my sewing room art. 🙂 I am fairly new to sewing.. To make this bigger, like a 30″ block do I just add inches to cutting instructions? Like add 6″ to each of your sizes? If I add the same 6″ to what you have listed would that work? …. Um, new to sewing and mathematically challenged. Thanks!

  29. Diana Nelson says:

    Thanks Corey for your great tutorial. This sew along should be lots of fun.

  30. Leona Rego says:

    Yayyyyy!!! Can’t wait to start this little beauty. I have some mini charms square that are just calling to be in this beautiful creation, Thanks LMS!!!!

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