Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Work in Progress: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Block of the Month Medallion

Come meet my current favorite Work in Progress. I had never seriously considered following along with a Block of the Month series until I heard that the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s 2015 BOM challenge was also going to be a medallion quilt. One border a month seemed more than manageable, so I was excited to dive in. Over the past few months, I have amassed quite the collection of Cotton + Steel fat quarters, so I plan to use up some of them in this project. I’m really enjoying this quilt so far. It is challenging me on several levels, but in nice small chunks. 

For January, the assignment was to choose a center block. Since I did not participate in the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild BOM last year, I liked the suggestion of using one of 2014’s BOM blocks as the center for this quilt. After reviewing all the options, I decided on a churn dash block. Even though it’s a simple block, I stalled while I contemplated my fabric choices. One day, I realized that the mustang from Melody Miller’s fabric was the perfect size for the center of the block. After I figured that out, I was on a roll!

For February, I simplified the assigned border. I just was not feeling the 1.5” squares for my version, even though I like it in other people’s quilts.

For March, the border consists of improv triangle blocks, which I have been struggling with. The tutorial is easy enough to follow, but I’m questioning whether my blocks are too wonky or not wonky enough. I also ran into an issue because I am using fat quarters for this project, and to make all the blocks the same, this border requires yardage. I decided to go the deliberately scrappy route and hope to have this border finished before the next one is announced in April. Depending on the pattern for that border, I might have to break down and buy some yardage. So far, I love this quilt and plan to keep it for myself.

If you’re interested in more examples of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Block of the Month Medallion quilt, check out the #seamqgbom hashtag on Instagram, or the relevant posts on A Quilter’s Table and I’m Feeling Crafty.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.


  1. This is looking beautiful. I like the scrappy border and these colours are fantastic.

  2. It looks fantastic and I like it scrappy just like Leanne said!

  3. Very cool! I've been wanting to make a medallion quilt too. I love the colors you're working with; navy is one of my favorites right now.

  4. What a fun way to do a block of the month. Looking great so far!

  5. SO nice! Your need to go scrappy on this round may have been just the perfect thing. I really like where your medallion is going...........