OK, Quilters! Start Your Sewing Machines!

One of my sons loves to race cars. So I’m kind of comparing this “start” to one of his races. Of course this is not a race! But even if he has no chance of winning he still loves to race just for the fun of it. I have to admit that I’m a proud mama and over the years he has had his share of trophies. And some of us do the same. Some enter their quilts to win a prize and some enter knowing there is no chance to win. Most of us quilt just for the fun of it! I’m one of those. I rarely submit my quilt in a show. I love seeing when one of you do and get a ribbon! My heart says “Yayee!” I have to say doing this mystery quilt every year has been just fun for me. So now I say………well before I say that, I want to welcome all the new comers to this site! I guess some might say I’ve been discovered! Ha!Ha! Scary thought! It took about seven years to reach 1000 Facebook followers to the beginning of last December. However, about 250 people have jumped on this bandwagon in the last month! I don’t know how you found me but come on in and join the fun! Welcome!!!

OK, so now I can say it………..Quilters! Start your machines!!! Go Scrappy Quilts!! The 2020 Scrap Fantasy Medallion Mystery Quilt is about to begin!!!

Before we begin I am going to repeat the instructions from the last post about fabric/color/pattern selection:

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!!!

2020 Scrap Fantasy Medallion – Clue #1

Finished Size which includes a 6″ border is 83″ square.

For the confident beginner to intermediate quilter

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

Clue #1

  1. Using 1 – 3″ colored square and 1 – white 3 3/4″ square that has been cut on both diagonals. Sew one white section to each side of the colored square as shown. Press. Trim off dog ears and square to 4″. Make 4.

2. Using one set of matching 2 1/2″ x 4″ rectangles, sew one 2 1/2″x 4″ to the top and bottom of the above unit as shown. Sew one 2 1/2″ colored square to both ends of the 2 remaining rectangles. Sew to opposite sides as shown. Press and trim to 8″ squares. Repeat with the other 3 square in a square units.

3. Using 4 matching 3 1/2″ colored HST (Half Square Triangles) Sew to 4 Inside Background 3 1/2″ HSTs. Press and trim to 3 1/4″ square as shown. Make 4.

4. Using 8 matching 3 1/2″ HSTs. Sew one to each side of the colored HST as shown. Repeat with the remaining three.

5. Sew one section to each side of the above block as shown. Press and trim to 11″ square. Make 4 blocks. Set aside.

TIP: Fold the block in half and finger press to give placement for the center point.

6.  Using 4 1/4″ colored squares, sew 1 – 3 1/2″ inside background HST to opposite sides as shown. Press to the outside.  Sew additional 3 1/2″ inside background HSTs to the remaining two sides to make a square in a square block.  Press and trim to 5 3/4″ if needed.  Make 24.  Set aside.

That’s all for now! Have fun! See you next month! The next clue will be on Feb. 12th sometime when I get to posting! LOL!

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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Written permission is required to copy and/or distribute copies of this pattern whether or not you profit from it.


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