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It is with great happiness that I show you the finished center block for my medallion quilt! I did struggle a bit putting together the eight slices of the block, but in the end I'm reasonably pleased with how those seams came together. With 88 pieces in the one 12.5 inch block, I can not expect every seam to be nice and crisp.
As you may remember, I'm following the Medallion Sew Along instructions to create this quilt. My first center block should be 15 inches (finished), so I added in an orange Half Mood Modern scissor print to bring it up to size. I then decided to set it on point with a texty print background fabric. So far so good!
This week our challenge was to add our first border to our (rather large) center block. My border needed to bring the final top size to 24 inches. I want this to be a scrappy quilt, so I brought in
several all new fabrics, but tried to keep with saturated, somewhat monochormatic fabrics that "read" as a solid color.
Now here's the rub. I made the border 2 inches wide, thinking I'd just trim it down to the 24 inch center block that I need for this step in the QAL. Otherwise, because I set my 15 inch block on point I had to add a weirdo border of 1.3 inches to all sides. Yes, trimming would be easier. The only problem is that I misinterpreted the (very clear) instructions....it's not 24 inches UNFINISHED (what I now have) but 24 inches FINISHED. Stinker. I will have to unpick my border, add on another two inch border and instead trim to 24.5 inches. I'm a bit mad at myself, but it is easy enough to fix...unless one of you has a great idea that doesn't involve a seam ripper? I'm open to suggestions!
No matter what solution I/we come up with to get this block up to 24.5 inches, I'm quite pleased with how its coming along. I've started in on my next border. I'm enjoying the process of making it, but I'm not sure it really "sings" with what I have so far. I will show you more later this week and you can tell me what you think :)