Check One Off My Bucket List

Well, have you never made a medallion quilt? Me neither! So what better opportunity is there for me to force myself to make one than with this years mystery quilt! Yup, this year there may be a somewhat different format than the previous mysteries that I have done. Although I haven’t quite decided how the clues will progress. Should we just make the bones of this quilt first or should we put it together as we go or a combination of both? I guess you’ll just have to wait until January to find out! Hee! Hee! My devious methods should still keep you guessing…….what is she up to!!???!!

And so, my Scrap Fantasy Medallion 2020 mystery was born! I hope you all read this all the way down and don’t just skip to the “recipe” because there is some info that you might find helpful.

First, I want to welcome the newbies that have joined my site both here and on Facebook. My main object is to have fun with scraps and make something interesting and useful out of bits of fabric that would just otherwise go to waste. I try not to make this rocket science but if you have a question please feel free to post it on Facebook – MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte. I check there just about every day.

As some of you know, I save/collect a multitude of scrap sizes……both squares and half square triangles. Designing this quilt gave me an opportunity to set down with my 3 1/2″ bin and sort through it. Our poor scrap piles don’t get the petting and love that our fat quarters, yardage and bolts get. So I took some time sorting and remembering, petting and smoothing those poor little squares and HST’s that have been languishing in their little bin just waiting for a chance to make the big time and be in a real quilt.

I chose a light gray blender for my inside background fabric and charcoal gray blender for the outside background. Any two background colors will work if you like them together…….even prints, I suppose, as long as they aren’t too busy. Contrast is important. Make sure your piecing colors are intense enough so you don’t lose the pattern of the block. I used white to accent and bring focus to the block itself. Other colors could be used depending on your choice of inside and outside background fabrics.

You are going to need 24 sets of 4 – 3 1/2″ colored squares cut on one diagonal. Each set should be of the same color and value. So………that means each set may consist of 4 – 3 1/2″ squares all the same fabric or different fabrics…….or made up of different half square triangles…..8 to be exact. Or any combination of the above. I have some with all the same fabric, some with a couple fabrics, some with multiple sets of different half square triangles. What an opportunity to use all those odd balls! The only real importance is that they all be the same color and value. And, no, I don’t mean they must all (24 sets) be the same color. Have a wide range of colors……assorted colored sets – the more the merrier and scrappier!! OK, let’s go!!!

Scrap Fantasy Medallion

Fabric Requirements:

White Fabric:

  • 4 – 3 3/4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 16 – 4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 32 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 32 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal

Assorted Colored Fabrics:

  • 16 – 4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 80 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 4 matching sets of 4 – 2 1/2″ squares
  • 4 matching sets of 4 – 2 1/2″ x 4″ rectangles
  • 12 – assorted 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 4 matching sets of 2 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 24 matching sets of 4 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal (see above for explanation)
  • 24 – 4 1/4″ squares
  • 4 – 3″ squares

Inside Background ( 3 yds.)

  • 4 – 3″ wof (width of fabric) strips at least 44″ long
  • 48 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 68 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 80 – 3 1/4″ squares
  • 20 – 6 1/2″ squares cut on both diagonals

Outside Background (3 yds. includes plenty for border and binding)

  • 8 – 1 7/8″ wof strips at least 44″ long
  • 2 – 8 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 16 – 8 3/4″ squares cut on both diagonals

Sew! Enjoy the Holidays! January and the first clue will be here before you know it………..Happy Quilting!

As usual, PLEASE do not post these instructions on Facebook.  I ask that you send people here to the website for information.  If you have not joined in the fun on Facebook, check me out at MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte. I love seeing all your hard work and getting to chat with you a bit.


Please feel free to direct others to this website for the information and clues. 


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  • Colleen
    October 22, 2019

    I have never made a medallion quilt either, so I’m looking forward to this! I have a confession though. I’m not done last year’s quilt yet. I have started quilting it, so I’m close.

  • Nonnie
    October 23, 2019

    QUESTION about your cutting directions;

    You said …..

    Squares cut on both diagonals … does that mean cut them into smaller quarter triangle patches ???

    Squares cut on one diagonal …. Does that mean cut them into half square triangle patches ????
    This is always a confusing aspect for me when I read directions… my brain is sometimes too old for this…

  • Jonnie
    October 24, 2019

    Sounds like fun! Never tried a medallion quilt.

  • Marcia Petty
    January 7, 2020

    Getting excited…when do you expect to begin?

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      January 7, 2020

      Hi Marcia, The first clue will be out on Jan. 14th.
      Happy Quilting,

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