Choose Your Own Adventure QAL

Have you ever made a medallion quilt? I’ve had it on my quilting bucket list for awhile, so when I found out Moda Bake Shop was hosting one this summer, I was so excited!

The quilt along features seven designers. Each round of the quilt has two options, so you can really customize it to fit your style. I’m using this project as an excuse to explore my creativity — and I’m finally cutting into some favorite fabrics! (I broke into my Cotton + Steel fat quarter bundle!)

I chose Path A for the center block. The block is designed by Mary Andra Holmes. Her design was a Dresden Plate appliquéd on a background square. I was incredibly inspired by the promo image for the blog and couldn’t get the twist for this block out of my head (see it below). I used the same color palette, which reminds me of a sunset on the beach.

I really liked the idea of offsetting the block so it looked like a sunset. Instead of sewing the tops of the wedges together to make points on the plates, I sewed them together as is.

Then, I cut it to a 10.5″ square and basted 1/8″ around the outside to hold the seams in place. (This is half the size of the original block.) Since I’ve made a lot of throw quilts recently, I’m totally fine shrinking the pattern to make it smaller.

I added an appliqué circle to the center with fusible and blanket-stitched it in place using matching thread.

Since I’m altering this project from the original size, there’s a lot of math happening to make all the rounds fit. I had to make the first border slightly larger than they called for (1-3/8″-wide instead of 1″) so the next round can line up correctly.

Are you participating in this quilt along? I’m excited to continue exploring my creativity with this project!

Thanks for joining me for “happy hour,”


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