Introducing the Pixie Medallion Quilt Along. Here we sew!
I have seen some photos popping up on Instagram that some of you are choosing your fabrics and getting ready. It is so exciting to get us going with fabric and sewing the center medallion star in October. I want to emphasize a few important things before we start cutting:
- Read the entire first section of instructions and familiarize yourself with the process we are going through to cut and sew the star pieces and half-square triangles. Some piecing and cutting is directional.
- Check your seam allowance and make sure you are using an accurate 1/4″ and keep it consistent throughout the pattern. There are some places along the way we can make up for some variation, but cut and sew as accurately as you can so your borders fit.
- Pay close attention to the written instructions, there is a lot of illustrations, but there are some things in the words you might miss if you only look at the pictures.
Now for the fun part! For fabric, I am shopping my stash. You know that collection of fabric you are hoarding for the perfect project? the one you kind of hate to cut up? Well, that’s what I am using…my stash of Avante Garde by Katarina Roccella (Art Gallery Fabrics) is starring in my Pixie Medallion. I love the colors, the prints, everything about it. Of course, I am adding a bunch of coordinating fabrics from my entire Art Gallery Fabrics stash so I can use as many pretties as possible (-:
When you decide on your fabrics, make sure you have a strong neutral so your piecing pops. I am using a clear white solid for the most part, but other good options are navy, black, or another solid color that contrasts with your main fabrics. My co-host for the QAL, Wendy (The Next Stitch) is going scrappy with a variety of light prints (“low volume”) for the neutral pieces. I seriously can’t wait to see it.
Once you have your fabrics planned, cut and sew your star pieces according the pattern instructions. Here I have an important tip: Make sure you start cutting your star points as close as possible to the end of your strip set. See in photo above, how my first cut (near the end of the rotary cutter in photo) is snug against the end of the strip. That will ensure you have enough room to get all your pieces cut from the strip set.
If your strips are less than 42″, you will want to stagger your strips slightly rather than sewing them with the ends all lined up like mine. This will give you some extra length to make your angled cuts.
Here is what my star is looking like so far. I decided to throw a little curve ball and use two different prints for the dark center strips. I am pretty happy about this!
Make sure you use #greatpixieqal on instagram and tag me (@colorgirlquilts) and Wendy (@thenextstitch) so we can see what you are doing. If you prefer Facebook, post on my Color Girl Page. Feel free to email me directly (colorgirlquilts (at) gmail) with questions or for specific assistance.
Happy Sewing! I will be back soon to talk about the half-square triangles.
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