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Size Matters Medallion Layout

Size Matters Medallion Layout

Written by: 
tvonderschmitt
Welcome to the last day of the 
Moda Designer's Size Matters 
blog hop.
I wanted to give you a few extra block 
patterns just for making it all the way to the end. 
Feel free to use any of the following 
quilt blocks interchangeably.

A great block for a border or sashing from Tim & Beck.
American Jane does not have a blog, but she does have a doughnut block.
If you were not able to download Barbara Brackmans block, here is a link.
Last but not least a block from Lauren and Jessi Jung available here.
And here is one more a zig zag block, click here

Now on to the businees at hand.
 I want to introduce you to a new member of the 
marketing team, Tammy Vonderschmitt. 
You may recognize that name from the 
In From the Cold blog post
Tammy will be a columnist on the moda blog 
as well as working behind the scenes to 
help create a myriad of projects.
So, here's Tammy.....

Now that you have a billion different combinations, 
let me show you one way to put the "size matters" blocks together.

I'm Tammy Vonderschmitt and have been working at 
Moda for a little over a year. 
 Can I just say I love my job.  
When I was handed the task to come up with a quilt using “size matters” blocks, 
the challenge was to take the 28 blocks from all our designers 
and work them into a pleasing quilt. 
Size was not on my mind. 
 As you know our designers are quite different and it would be hard to put the 
bright whimsy of Me and My Sister in with a 
reproduction from Barbara Brackman
or earthy tones of Kansas Troubles.  
Being an over achiever from birth, first born of course.  
I was up for the task.  
First choosing a wonderful paisley border print, 
the other fabrics were just pulled to match or that kind of went together 
and had a vintage look to them.  
I started with Layer Cakes.
Layer Cakes are wonderful for scrappy looking quilts, 
you have several different sizes you can cut 
out of the 10" square and you have 
40 different prints in each one.
I started making 6” blocks and kept saying these would 
be so cute smaller, 
so I also made them in 3” blocks.  By the way, I love miniatures.
Medallion quilts are beautiful and would be a perfect match 
for the 
different type and sizes of blocks.  
You can use the smaller blocks in borders and focus on a bigger block in the middle. 
 Have I ever made a medallion quilt?  
 No, I’ll just read up on them and start sewing.  
After finding the book Liberated Medallion Quilts by Qwen Marston 
and skimming through Pinterest I was ready.  
How hard could it be, ha!  
Did you know Martha Washington, our first first lady, made medallion quilts? 

Don't you just love the way the small blocks bordered with the black
 stand out and allow you to fudge at the corners if you have to.  
The four corners needed applique or something 
to soften the black blob.  
My four favorite things came to mind, 
Faith, Family, Friends, and Fabric.  
My life revolves around these things and I need all of them in my life to function.  
Yes I need fabric.
I need to touch it, smell it, organize it, iron it, cut it and sew it to be happy.    
Deadlines are great decision makers, 
if I had all the time in the world this quilt would still be on my 
cutting mat laying there with all kinds of possibilities 
but no commitment to any.  
That sounds very similar to life.    
Anyway,  I would make changes to the quilt now 
that it is done, 
but I am very happy with the way it turned out.  
The angled borders are shown different in 
the pattern than they are in my quilt.  
It was late the night before it was due and I just could not figure 
out the borders on the bias. 
For the center medallion I used one of my 
grandmothers hand crochet doilies adding a touch of my family to this quilt.
Then I added a little bit of applique of a heart and hand 
that a dear friend had drawn from me years ago for a craft business.  
I hope you love this layout and want to do all the different block in the different sizes.  
Size does matter, 
but is all the little things in life that  when you put them together make a
 great quilt, I mean life.....

Here are the directions for the medallion layout.
Click here for pattern instructions.
Visit the Moda Cutting Table to see the entire list of designers
and their quilt blocks.
NOTE: Not all the designers were able to participate in this blog hop. To see the 
entire list of moda designers, please click here. 

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