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Medallion Quilts

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34 ½ X 34 ½ Wallhanging

What is a Medallion Quilt?

A Medallion quilt refers to a quilt with a center motif or block that is surrounded by multiple blocks and/or borders. When you design your own mediallion quilt you can decide if the center of the quilt block will be pieced or appliqued. You will also decide you if the surrounding blocks and borders will be either applique, pieced or a combination of techniques. You will be able to find the blocks and the borders in the program library.

Quilt Pro Medallion setting allows you to add up to 10 rings of blocks and 10 borders to a quilt center that includes 1 or more blocks.

Designing a Medallion Quilt

From the Layout menu select Quilt. A Quilt Layout dialog box appears. The quilt preview will show the default quilt layout in the upper right hand side of the dialog box along with the quilt measurements for this setting. For this exercise do not pay attention to the measurements until you are done with the quilt.

Adjusting Center Block and Medallion Rings: This quilt will have the center block and two medallion rings. The center block(s) is the "first" ring and because Quilt Pro allows you to use as many blocks, in the center, as you desire the program does not automatically reduce the Center Ring to 1 block. The settings have to be adjusted manually. Make the following changes for our quilt:

To adjust the Center Block:

  1. Select Medallion from the Layout arrangement box.
  2. Change the Block Count to: Across 1, Down 1
  3. Change the Block Size to: Width 14", Height 14"
  4. Change the Block Setting to: Single
  5. And change the Center Arrangement to: Straight

To add and adjust the Medallion Rings:

  1. Click the Add a Ring button (current ring is now "2")
  2. Change the Horizontal and the Vertical Fittings settings to: Specific Count, Width 1", Count - 1
  3. Click the Add a Ring button (current ring is now "3")
  4. Change the Horizontal and the Vertical Fittings settings to: Specific Count, Width 4", Count - 4.
  5. Change the Block Setting to: Single
Note: The "count" and width of third Ring is a design decision made in order to have square blocks in the ring. The length of the horizontal edge of the quilt, before the third ring is added, is 16 inches. Four blocks, 4 inches wide, were used. Another option would have been two blocks eight inches wide or eight blocks 2 inches wide. Since the quilt is square only one side had to be computed.

To add Borders to the Quilt:

  1. Select the Borders tab and border settings appear.
  2. Add borders to your quilt by clicking on the Add Borders button until the dialog box indicates Quilt has three borders.

To adjust Borders:

  1. Select 1 in the Current Border box.
  2. Change the Border type to: Corners
  3. Change the Horizontal and the Vertical Fittings settings to: Specific Count, Width 1", Count - 1.
  4. Select 2 in the Current Border box.
  5. Change the Border type to: Corners.
  6. Change the Horizontal and the Vertical Fittings settings to: Specific Count, Width 4", Count - 4.
  7. Select 3 in the Current Border box. This border is to allow you to see what the quilt will look like with a binding.
  8. Change the Horizontal and the Vertical Fittings settings to: Specific Count, Width .25", Count - 2.
Note: The "count" and width of second Border is a design decision made based on the look I wanted to achieve for the triangles used in the pieced border.

To remove Sashes:

  1. Select the Sashes tab and Sashes settings appear.
  2. Press the Clear all Sashes button.
  3. The height and width will be grayed out.

The quilt should now measure 34 1/2 inches high by 34 1/2 wide. If the measurements in your quilt are the same click the OK button. The blank medallion layout will appear, as shown below.

 

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Adding Blocks and Borders to the Medallion Grid  select.gif (978 bytes)( Select Tool )

Now that we have a Medallion Grid on the screen, we can add our blocks and borders to the quilt. We will use two blocks, one in each ring. Then we will add a pieced border to complete our design. Use the Illustration above for the directions below.

  1. Using the select tool place your mouse cursor over the blank center block (MR1 in the Illustration above) and click the right mouse button.
  2. From the pop up menu select Open Block. The open block dialog box will appear.
  3. From the Circle folder choose the Liberty Sun block or the block of your choice.
  4. Place your mouse cursor over the blank block in the square medallion ring (MR3 in the Illustration) and click the right mouse button.
  5. From the pop up menu select Open Block. The open block dialog box will appear.
  6. From the Miscellaneous folder choose the Log Cabin Variation block or the block of your choice.
  7. Place your mouse cursor over the blank border (Bdr2 in the Illustration) and click the right mouse button.
  8. From the pop up menu select Open Border. The open border dialog box will appear.
  9. From the border folder choose the Half Diamonds border or the border of your choice and click the Ok button. The border 2 fittings dialog box will appear. Click the Ok button without making any changes. You may increase or decrease the number of repeats in the border at a later time, if you desire.

Saving your Quilt design

  1. From the File menu select Save As. The Project Save as dialog box appears.
  2. Type a name for your quilt inside the box named "File Name:" The name should be 8 characters or less. Add a Title for your quilt, if you desire.
  3. Click the Save button.

Repaint the Blocks and Borders  paint.gif (972 bytes)  ( Paint Tool )

Now you have blocks and borders in the quilt but the colors may not be to your liking so let’s repaint the quilt. There are three options for changing the color used in the quilt:

Affect all: From the Layout Menu, select Affect All. If you see Affect Individual instead, it means that Affect All is already selected. Click the Paint Brush Tool and click on a color or fabric in the palette. Then paint a patch in one of the blocks. All of the corresponding patches in the other blocks paint at the same time. This is especially noticeable in the third medallion ring and the second border.

Affect Individual: From the Layout Menu, select Affect Individual. If you see Affect All instead, it means that Affect Individual is already selected. Click the Paint Brush Tool and click on a color or fabric in the palette. Then paint a patch in one of the blocks. Only one patch at a time is painted.

Note: Although two colors may be so similar they look identical, one color may have come from a different location on the color palette. You can determine the location of the near identical color by using the Paint Brush Tool. Click the Paint Brush tool, then right mouse click the "near identical" color. The position of the color will be highlighted on the color palette.

That's is the end our lesson on Mediallion Quilts.  Before you close your project be sure to save your project if you want to keep the new color changes you made.

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