Christmas Medallion Quilt


  • 75cm (7/8yd) of cream sprig (C1)
  • 50cm (5/8yd) of red sprig (R1)
  • 30cm (1/2yd) of red pattern fabric (R2)
  • 50cm (5/8yd) of green sprig fabric (G1)
  • 50cm (5/8yd) of green pattern fabric (G2)
  • 40cm (1/2yd) of pale yellow fabric (Y1)
  • 30cm (1/3yd) of gold flower fabric (Y2)
  • Fat quarter of patterned fabric (PA)
  • 75cm (7/8yd) of cream and gold (C2)
  • 50cm (5/8yd) of cream with red flowers (CF)
  • 40cm (1/2yd) of stripe pattern (PS)
  • 1.25m (1 3/8yd) of cream with small floral for backing
  • Foundation paper
  • Freezer paper

Finished Size

106cm (42in) square

Skill Level


You can download a copy of the original magazine pages for this project here, Christmas Medallion Quilt

If you are not feeling Christmassy, this hanging would look equally stunning in a range of blues and greens or even autumnal colours. For a smaller project stop after you have made the sawtooth borders!

Mariners Compass

  1. This is foundation pieced making it easy to create perfect points. From the pattern sheet, trace four each of the two ‘pie wedge’ foundations onto tissue paper or other foundation. Please note that there are four of one and four are a mirror image.
  2. Cut the following strips from the full width of the fabric:
Number Fabric Size of Strips Position Used
2 C1 2 1/2in Between Points
1 R1, R2 2in Primary Points
1 G1, G2 2in Secondary Points
1 Y1, Y2 1 1/2in Tertiary Points
1 PA 14in square Tertiary Points

Using foundation piecing and the cut fabric strips make the eight ‘pie wedges’ needed to complete the compass. Please note that the fabric position on each point stays constant - see colour diagram in Figure 1.

Figure 1
Figure 1: Mariner’s Compass colour plan
Marinerís Compass
Mariner’s Compass
  1. With papers still in place, pin and sew the pie wedges to each other from the outside edge in towards the centre. Sew two halves of the compass, and then stitch the two halves together.
  2. Fold the setting square of fabric PA into quarters to find the centre point. Use a compass to mark two concentric circles onto the fabric - the inner circle (cutting line) should have radius of 4 1/4in, and the outer circle (sewing line) a radius of 4 1/2in. Use scissors to cut along the marked inner circle line. Fold the fabric into eighths and mark the position of the folds on the outer marked circle (these are the main compass points). If preferred, templates could be made, one for the cutting line and the other for the sewing line, which can then be marked with the compass points and used to mark the fabric.
  3. Pin the setting square onto the compass at the eight major points. Continue to ease and pin the seam allowance between these first eight pins until pins are no more than 1/2in apart. Gather fullness of setting square fabric into centre and pin to hold in place.
  4. Sew from the paper side along the marked seam line. Remove the papers. Press. Trim finished block to measure 13 1/2in square.

Sawtooth Stars

  1. These are again foundation pieced. From the Pattern Sheet, trace four complete foundation sets onto tissue paper. Cut the following fabric strips from the full width of the fabric to make the foundation piecing easier.
Number Fabric Size Position
2 C1 2 1/2in Between Points
1 C2 1 1/2in Either side of the star points
1 R1 2in Star Points
1 Y1 3in Centre
  1. Use foundation piecing and the cut fabric strips to make four of the complete sets that make up the star.
  2. With papers still in place, pin and sew the small star point section to the large centre square and press seam towards centre. Then attach the two larger star point sections and press seams towards centre.
  3. Leave papers in place until the stars are attached to the Nine-Patch border strips. See Figure 2.
Figure 2
Figure 2: Sawtooth star block

Nine Patch Border

Handy Hint - If you press the seams on the strips away from the cream fabric the segments should mesh together neatly

Figure 3
Figure 3: Sewing the nine-patch border
  1. These borders are strip pieced. Using 1/4in seam allowance cut the strips the full width of the fabric and sew the strips together into the following sets as shown in Figure 3. Cut into 1 1/2in wide segments
Strips Fabric Size
3 C1 1 1/2in
2 R1 1 1/2in
1 G1 1 1/2in
4 C1 1in
  1. Using 1/4in seam allowance, sew the segments together into four borders, each consisting of 13 segments, starting and finishing each border with a segment from set A.
  2. Cut the 1in strips of fabric C1 to yield eight pieces 13 1/2in long. Sew two of these to each side of the nine-patch border.

First published in Popular Patchwork November 2006