Monday, September 19, 2016

Planetary Mini Medallion Quilt Tutorial (Luna Sol Blog Tour)

Planetary Mini Medallion Quilt Tutorial by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt with Luina Sol Fabric

***Giveaway now closed -- congratulations Sarah@123quilt!***

Last spring I was so happy to help out my friend Felice with her Quilt Market booth by making a mini medallion quilt using her Luna Sol collection. These prints just glow with saturated colors, astronomical wonders, and the cutest little bunny rabbits you've ever seen.


I promised that I would release a tutorial for that quilt, and here it is, ready at last -- just in time for her official fabric release tour!

Planetary Mini Medallion Quilt Tutorial by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt with Luina Sol Fabric

If you've never tried making a medallion quilt before, this is a great way to get a feel for the style without committing to a full size quilt. The blocks are simple to make, and you can finish this project in a week or less depending on how much time you have to sew. Wouldn't this make a fun quilt for a little one? I used to let my baby girls play on small quilts about this size when they were tiny. How long ago those days seem now!

I would love it if you would share photos on Instagram if you sew one of these. Tag me @fabricmutt and tag your quilt #planetaryminimedallion. It's always so fun to see what people make from tutorials!

The best news, of course, is that Windham is giving away a fat quarter bundle of Luna Sol to one of you -- so exciting! Just leave a comment below on this post, and I'll pick a random winner on Thursday.

Okay, let's sew!


Planetary Mini Medallion Quilt
by Heidi Staples               


Finished Size: 36 1/2 x 36 1/2’’


Fabric:
For:
Cutting:
Fat quarter orange moon phases
Center star
Planet Blocks
Cut 4 squares 2 1/2 x 2 1/2’’
Cut 2 squares 6 1/2 x 6 1/2’’
Fat quarter gold space bunnies
Center star
Planet Blocks
Cut 4 rectangles 2 1/2 x 4 1/2’’
Cut 2 squares 6 1/2 x 6 1/2’’
1/2 yard white solid
Center star background


Planet blocks background
Cut 4 squares 2 1/2 x 2 1/2’’
Cut 4 rectangles 2 1/2 x 4 1/2’’
Cut 64 squares 2 x 2’’
Fat quarter dark blue bunny field
First border
Cut 4 strips 2 1/2 x 8 1/2’’
Fat eighth dark blue comets
First border corner squares
Nine patch corner block
Cut 4 squares 2 1/2 x 2 1/2’’
Cut 1 strip 2 1/2 x 11’’
Fat quarter orange space bunnies
Chevrons


Nine patch corner block
Cut 4 rectangles 2 1/2 x 4 1/2’’
Cut 8 squares 2 1/2 x 2 1/2’’
Cut 1 strip 2 1/2 x 11’’
3/4 yard orange floral
Chevrons


Binding
Cut 8 rectangles 2 1/2 x 4 1/2’’
Cut 16 squares 2 1/2 x 2 1/2’’
Cut 4 strips 2 1/2 x WOF
Fat quarter yellow bunny field
Chevrons
Planet blocks


Nine patch corner block
Cut 8 rectangles 2 1/2 x 4 1/2’’
Cut 16 squares 2 1/2 x 2 1/2’’
Cut 2 squares 6 1/2 x 6 1/2’’
Cut 1 strip 2 1/2 x 11’’
1 1/2 yd. yellow moon phases
Chevrons


Quilt Backing
Cut 4 rectangles 2 1/2 x 4 1/2’’
Cut 8 squares 2 1/2 x 2 1/2’’
Cut 1 square 40 x 40’’
Fat eighth aqua moon phases
Corner 4-patch blocks
Nine patch corner block
Cut 2 strips 2 1/2 x 11
Cut 1 strip 2 1/2 x 11’’
Fat eighth aqua floral
Corner 4-patch blocks
Cut 2 strips 2 1/2 x 11
Fat quarter pink floral
Second border
Nine patch corner block
Cut 4 strips 2 1/2 x 20 1/2’’
Cut 1 strip 2 1/2 x 11’’
Fat eighth pink moon phases
Second border corner squares
Nine patch corner block
Cut 4 squares 2 1/2 x 2 1/2’’
Cut 1 strip 2 1/2 x 11’’
Fat quarter orange comets
Planet blocks
Cut 2 squares 6 1/2 x 6 1/2’’
Fat quarter yellow floral
Nine patch corner block
Cut 1 strip 2 1/2 x 11’’
Fat quarter purple moon phases
Planet blocks
Cut 2 squares 6 1/2 x 6 1/2’’
Fat quarter purple floral
Planet blocks
Cut 2 squares 6 1/2 x 6 1/2’’
Fat quarter purple comets
Planet blocks
Nine patch corner block
Cut 2 squares 6 1/2 x 6 1/2’’
Cut 1 strip 2 1/2 x 11’’
Fat quarter purple bunny field
Planet blocks
Cut 2 squares 6 1/2 x 6 1/2’’
Fat eighth aqua space bunnies
Nine patch corner block
Cut 1 strip 2 1/2 x 11’’


Notes
All seams 1/4’’ unless otherwise stated.
Press seams toward darker fabric unless otherwise stated.
RST = right sides of the fabric together
WOF = width of fabric


Make the Center Star




1. Place an orange 2 1/2’’ square on top of the right end of a gold 2 1/2 x 4 1/2’’ rectangle RST. Use a pencil to trace a diagonal line on the wrong side of the orange square from the lower inside corner to the upper outside corner. Sew on that line and trim off a 1/4’’ seam. Repeat with the other 3 pairs of squares and rectangles.


2. Place a white 2 1/2’’ square on top of the left end of a gold rectangle RST. Use a pencil to trace a diagonal line on the wrong side of the white square from the upper inside corner to the lower outside corner. Sew on that line and trim off a 1/4’’ seam. Repeat with the other 3 pairs of squares and rectangles.



3. Sew a white 2 1/2 x 4 1/2’’ rectangle to the 4 1/2’’ side of a star rectangle which is half orange and half gold. Press the seams open. Repeat with the other 3 pairs of rectangles.



4. Sew the four star units together as shown in the photo above.



5. Sew 2 of the blue 2 1/2 x 8 1/2’’ border strips to the right and left sides of the star block.



6. Sew the 2 dark blue 2 1/2’’ squares to either end of one of the blue border strips. Repeat with the other remaining pieces. Sew these strips to the upper and lower edges of the star block.


Make the Chevron Border


1. Draw a diagonal line in pencil from corner to opposite corner on the wrong side of each of the squares that will be used in making the chevron blocks or simply fold the squares in half diagonally, pressing a fold line that you can use as a stitching guide.



2. Lay out your rectangles and squares as shown in the photo above. The squares paired with each rectangle will be the same fabric as the rectangle above it.



3. Sew flying geese blocks with each rectangle and pair of squares. Place a square on the right side of a rectangle RST and stitch along the drawn or folded line, trimming the seam to 1/4’’. Press the seam toward the square. Repeat with the other square on the left side of the rectangle.



4. Sew the the 6 flying geese blocks together as shown in the photo above. Use the remaining rectangles and squares to make 3 more units like this one.


5. Sew a chevron unit to the right and left sides of the center star piece, one pointing up and the other pointing down.



6. Sew a 2 1/2 x 11’’ aqua moons strip to an aqua floral strip along a long edge. Subcut the resulting strip into 4 units that measure 2 1/2 x 4 1/2’’.


Sew the pairs together to create 4-patch blocks as shown above.



7. Sew a 4-patch unit to each end of the remaining chevron units as shown in the photo above. Sew these units to the top and bottom of the center star piece, paying attention to directionality as shown in the photo.



8. Sew a pink 2 1/2 x 20 1/2’’ floral strip to the right and left edges of the quilt.


Sew a 2 1/2” square pink moon phases block to the right and left sides of the remaining floral strips and then sew these to the top and bottom edges of the quilt.


Make the Planet Border



1. Place a white 2’’ square in the corner of one of the 6 1/2’’ planet squares, tracing and stitching a diagonal line to cut across the corner. Trim the seam to 1/4’’ and press away from the corner. Repeat with the other 3 corners.



2. Repeat step 1 with the other 11 planet squares and 44 white corner squares until you have 12 planet blocks.



3. Arrange the planet blocks in rows of 4 and sew them together.


Sew a row of four blocks to each of the left and right edges of your quilt.


Make the Nine Patch Corner Blocks



1. Arrange the 9-patch strips into 3 groups of 3 and sew them together along the long sides.



2. Cut each 9-patch slab into 4 pieces, 2 1/2” wide.



3. Arrange the pieces into 4 9-patch blocks and sew together.



4. Sew a 9-patch block at the each end of the remaining 2 rows of planetary blocks, and then sew those onto the remaining top and bottom edges of your quilt.


Finish the Quilt


1. Make your quilt sandwich by stacking in this order from bottom to top: quilting backing (right side down), batting, and quilt top (right side up). Baste together with pins or adhesive basting spray and quilt as desired. Trim off excess batting and backing.

2. Bind your quilt (see my links page if you need help with this step), wash, and enjoy!


Be sure to check out the other stops for the tour this week:


Sept. 19 - Fabric Mutt
Sept. 20th - Bryan House Quilts
Sept. 21st - Stars & Sunshine
Sept. 22nd - Modern Sewciety
Sept. 23rd - Sew Scatterbrained

Happy sewing!

89 comments:

  1. What a fun colorful quilt! Thx for the give away!

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  2. I love this mini quilt - so bright and happy!

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  3. Fun quilt, & beautiful fabrics. Thanks for the lovely giveaway

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  4. Being a science teacher this appeals to me immediately, of course. And I have a new grandbaby on the way...due in early December. Wouldn't this be an amazing baby present for that granddaughter? To infinity and back!

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  5. Love your mini medallion quilt. I've only made one so far - I might have to try another. Thank you for the tutorial!

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  6. Oh, this is gorgeous! And I love the fabric, too!

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  7. Oh, this is gorgeous! And I love the fabric, too!

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  8. I love the quilt, but I really love the excellent tutorial on how to make the blocks. Very well done!!

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  9. The Mini Medalliol Quilt is gorgeous, the fabric is amazing, and the tutorial is exquisite!

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  10. The Mini Medalliol Quilt is gorgeous, the fabric is amazing, and the tutorial is exquisite!

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  11. Your mini quilt is awesome! It does a great job of showing off the bold fabrics without being overwhelmed by them. Fabulous work!

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  12. That is such a cute little quilt! And I really love this fabric line too.

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  13. Perfect pattern for those bright fabrics. Thanks!

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  14. Very pretty and colorful, thanks for sharing and the giveaway!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  15. I love all the bright colors that Felice chose! They work together so well in your mini medallion quilt, and thank you so much for the tutorial, you are lovely and generous to share this great design!

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  16. You're right -- those hopping bunnies are adorable. I love the mini medallion! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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  17. i love the colors of these fabrics and your quilt is great. thanks for the tute and the giveaway.

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  18. I can't wait to get ahold of some of this fabric! The colors are absolutely beautiful and your medallion highlights it perfectly!

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  19. Thanks for sharing your medallion quilt and the fantastic instructions. Really love the "snowball" blocks on the outer edge.

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  20. Nice tutorial with great pictures. Wonderful colorful collection! 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  21. Very colorful mini quilt. I love it. I will definitely be making this medallion mini as well as following along with the blog hop. Thanks for the tutorial.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  22. Adorable fabric. Thanks for the pattern!

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  23. What a great pattern! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  24. Such a fun quilt! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  26. Got to love auto correct! Trying again here. I was thanking you for the tutorial! The pattern is very nice- lots of fun blocks and cool angles are incorporated! Pinning to the 'endless list of projects I would love to make'!

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  27. Those deep, vibrant colors are beautiful. And the bunnies are adorable, especially comet bunny!

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  28. I like the gold bunny and especially the dark blue comet falling star fabric

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  29. Thank you for this amazing tutorial, the instructions and photos are so clear, I feel like I could tackle this one! Thanks for sharing. I love the fabric, the colors are so rich and the motifs are adorable, love the bunnies!

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  30. You're right, the bunnies are really cute; makes me want some of this fabric! Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  31. The fabric's so cute and the tutorial clear and fun - thanks.

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  32. I love this quilt! We have a new nephew and I'm wanting to make him a quilt that is his size but not "babyish". Yours has a carefree feel, which is just right for a little guy who has the whole wide world ahead of him. :) Thanks for sharing.

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  33. What an adorable quilt! Thanks for the tutorial :-)

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  34. I love this quilt. Thank you so much for generously sharing how to make it!
    Thank you so much

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  35. This is a fun looking quilt..Any child would love it ...I love it....tytyty for sharing.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  36. I have done medallion quilts in a "round robin" quilt group and loved doing it! Thanks for showing this one.

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  37. I'm in love with this quilt! The oranges and yellows. And purples and blues! Adding to my to-do list!

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  38. How good of you to share with us such a detailed tutorial. Thank you so much

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  39. What a beautiful mini from a beautiful collection!

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  40. I love this line! The snowball planets really show off the cute prints. Great design!

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  41. Asteroid bunnies and moon phases... And great tutorial!

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  42. My baby girl spent lots of her first six months lying on a mini medallion quilt too! Love Luna Sol and would looooove to get my mitts on a FQ bundle! How exciting!

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  43. Great tutorial. You broke down the steps very nicely.

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  44. I've wanted this fabric since the first time I laid eyes on it!

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  45. Gorgeous! I love this fabric collection - especially those rabbits!

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  46. This is perfect! I've been wanting to try a medallion quilt and my friend just had a brand-new baby girl. I know when I'm doing this weekend! Stunning pattern - thank you!

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  47. I love the bunnies fabric!!! Thanks for sharing this tutorial.

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  48. Just wonderful Heidi. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial too - you are so generous with your patterns and tutorials - I really appreciate it and I am sure so many others do to xx

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  49. HELLO, THANKS FOR YOUR BLOG,THIS PATTERN-SO NEAT! THANKS TO YOU+WINDHAM FOR A NEAT GIVEAWAY TOO! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  50. Thanks for writing up the tutorial! I've loved this little quilt since I saw it in Felice Regina's both at Market. ��

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  51. Beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway!!

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  52. Such happy colors! Love the quilt!

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  53. I really love the bright colors mixed with the bunnies!

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  54. I've never made a medallion quilt before. Yours looks wonderful and the tutorial is great. Thanks for the chance to win the fabric!

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  55. This is so super cute! I really like this line - I'm drawn to the orange color for some reason

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  56. So pretty!! thank you for the tutorial!

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  57. Great tutorial! Love these bright happy prints.

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  58. The colors in the Luna Sol fabric collection are so vibrant. Just love the colors. Thanks for the quilting pattern. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  59. Such vibrant colors and I love the quilt pattern . Thanks so much!

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  60. I'm looking for a pattern to get my feet wet with modern quilting and this pattern looks amazing! I'm going to give it a try! Thanks for your give away too!

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  61. Thank you so much for sharing such a lovely tutorial and this fabric line has me drooling!! How cute is it!! I have got to get a hold of a fq bundle some how, some where. Thanks again!

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  62. Thank you so much for sharing such a lovely tutorial and this fabric line has me drooling!! How cute is it!! I have got to get a hold of a fq bundle some how, some where. Thanks again!

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  63. How cute is this? Cannot wait to make this!

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  64. This fabric line is so great. Can't wait!

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  65. I absolutely love this fabric line, and feel like I've been waiting forever for it to be released. Love your little quilt also. So cute!

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  66. The colors in this fabric line are so bright and beautiful - absolutely stunning combinations. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  67. Thank you for such a Super tutorial!! Your Quilt is beautiful...such happy fabrics & design! :)

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  68. Beautiful mini quilt and awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

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  69. Beautiful mini quilt and awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

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  70. I love the pattern! Great way to try out a medallion-style quilt! And I love all the bunnies and oranges in this fabrics line. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  71. Thanks for the tutorial. The bunnies fabric so pretty!

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  72. This fabric line is adorable! Love the bright colorful mix. Both the fabric and the pattern would be a pleasure with which to work.

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  73. I've been wanting to make a medallion quilt, I love this one!

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  74. This line is so bright and cheerful and who doesn't love a medallion quit?

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  75. I agree, the bunnies are fabulous. Thanks for the chance to win. momoftana at yahoo dot com

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  76. Great pattern for these wonderful fabrics And your tutorial is excellent!

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  78. What great colors and I like what you made with them.
    Nancy
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