Friday, September 7, 2018

2018 Sew Your Stash Quilt Along!

2018 Medallion Sew Along (c) BTQ 2018

I am the BOM (block of the month) person for my guild this year and we've decided to a sew along!

I asked for opinions (when will I learn !?! LOL) and it was decided that the guild did NOT want to do a block exchange, and they did NOT want to do a mystery, and they did NOT want shop for lots of fabric and they did NOT want to be surprised or confused.

They DO want to sew their own step each month, and they DO want to be able to color plan the quilt in advance, and they DO want to use fabric in their stash. And they DO want to get to decide how large the quilt is. ALL of which I think are great ideas!

So I designed a Medallion Quilt Sew Along for the group. And since I'm sharing it with my guild, I thought I should share it with you as well. You're welcome. 'wink'

Here's the instructions that I gave to the guild:

Sew Your Stash Quilt Along 2018

1. Instructions for each step will be given out monthly. You can pick up a copy of the pattern at guild meeting or it will be available on the guild website. The coloring sheet is provided to show you the complete quilt and allow you to test color options. Make copies if you want to try more than one.
2. Sew at your own pace, we are not swapping or exchanging, so everything you sew will be in your quilt. The quilt will finish at queen size. If you prefer a smaller quilt, simply stop when you have reached the size you prefer.
3. We highly encourage you to use your stash! Make do with what you have if possible. If you want to have one consistent background fabric throughout the quilt, 2 ½ yards should be enough (no guarantees depending on the sewing methods you choose!)
4. Feel free to use which ever method works best for you. Directions will be printed using traditional strip piecing methods when practical. Other options will be demonstrated at meetings. We highly encourage you to make changes or modifications according to your personal preferences. Feel free to substitute any step. We will be offering suggestions for alternatives.
5. Bring your progress to share at show and tell. It will be fun to see how similar/different our quilts are. Feel free to send your questions or compliments to the committee!
Thanks for sewing along with us!   


The Center Block 12” (with sashing 15”)
Cutting for strip piecing method:
Background fabric            cut 4 strips 3 ½’’ x 6 ½‘’ for the flying geese
      cut 1 strip 3 ½‘’ x 7’’  8 1/2'' for corner triangles
      cut 1 square 4 ½’’ for star center small triangles
Corner triangle fabric       cut 1 strip 3 ½‘’ x 7’’ 8 1/2'' for the corners
      cut 1 square 4 ½’’ for star center small triangles
Star Point fabric                cut 8 squares 3 ½‘’ for the flying geese
                                          cut 1 strip 3 ½‘’ x 7’’ 8 1/2'' for star center triangles
Sashing strips                    cut 2 strips 2’’ x 12 ½’’, cut 2 strips 2’’ x 15 ½’’

Make 4 center units
Layer the background 4 ½’’ square and the corner triangle fabric 4 ½’’ square right sides together. Cut in half diagonally from corner to corner, repeat in the opposite direction to make 4 triangles. Sew the triangles sets together along the short side (using a ¼ ’’ seam). Press toward the darker fabric.

Using the right angle ruler, cut 4 triangles from the star fabric 3 ½‘’ x 7’’ strip. Layer these, right sides together, with the units from the previous step. Sew them along the long edge (using a ¼ ’’ seam). Press toward the star point fabric. Trim these units to 3 ½‘’ square.

Make 4 flying geese
Use your favorite method for making flying geese units 3 ½’’ x 6 ½‘’.

Make 4 corner triangles
Use your favorite method for making half square triangles 3 ½‘’ square.

Assemble the block (make 1)
Arrange the units as shown in the diagram and sew the block. It will be 12 ½‘’ square.
Sew a 2’’ x 12 ½’’ sashing strip to opposite sides of the block. Press toward the sashing strip.
Sew a 2’’ x 15 ½’’ sashing strip to remaining opposite sides of the block. Press toward the sashing strip.

Highlight, copy and paste the information you need into your documents program. If you would like to share this with your group or guild, please email me at and I will gladly send you the documents for the coloring sheet and the steps that are ready for printing. There is never any charge, but if you would give me credit, that would be awesome! If you would prefer to run it as a mystery for your group, we can make that happen as well. I've enjoyed sharing my sew alongs with guilds in the US and Canada, and would be thrilled to share it with yours!

Click HERE for download copy of pattern.
Click HERE for download copy of coloring page.

Click HERE to see the Sunflower Sew Along.
Click HERE to see the Medallion Sew Along.
Click HERE to see the Scrappy Star Sew Along.
The other sew along has been removed because it will be appearing in my next book. 

I hope you will sew along with us. Please let me know if plan to and I would love to see photos!
Enjoy every stitch!


  1. Thank you for sharing this. I face similar constrictions from my guild members too. Good for you to rise to the challenge and meeting their requirements.

  2. You are killing me! I love this idea, but can't take on one more thing right now. I do look forward to watching all your progress. Have fun!

  3. This looks like so much fun!! Thanks for including your blog followers!!

  4. Oh man! I am still dedicated to doing some more finishing before I start another quilt - but this is soooo tempting! Maybe I'll just make the first block and see what happens...

  5. This looks like fun! I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a long time! What is your idea of “queen”? Mine will finish out at at least 100” x 100” so I’ll just add accordingly. Already got my fabric picked out! Lol!

  6. This looks great Diane! Am I correct to assume when the directions say, for example, make a 3.5" x 6.5" flying geese unit that means a flying geese unit that will finish at 3" x 6" ? Thank you for offering this to guilds. I am the block of the month person, and will propose something new (this!) next week at our guild meeting. Thank you!!

  7. Oh Diane what a temptress you are! I saved the instructions and with football season going full force may just get started on this one. Thank you for sharing!

  8. I love this. My group did something similar this year. We wanted to use our stash and sew along. We did rows of different blocks and a quilt as you go. The only 'mystery' is which blocks we would be doing for that month. It was fun to see what everyone came up with!

  9. Great idea! It certainly looks doable in small increments. I may be missing something here... I see the image in gray scale detail for the quilt top. Is there a simple line drawing image of the quit top without shading for coloring? Do I download it or request that it be sent to me?


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