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!