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 Part Two

Holly Border Applique

  1. From the Pattern Sheet transfer the ‘Template E’ shape onto template plastic and use to cut 20 long hexagons from fabric C2. Overlay hexagons onto the pattern to transfer the placement diagram for the holly leaves and berry appliqués, using a pencil or water-soluble pen. Also mark centre notches at the seam line.
  2. From the Pattern Sheet transfer the ‘Template F’ and ‘Template G’ shapes onto template plastic. Use these to draw 40 leaf shapes and 20 berry shapes onto the dull side of freezer. Cut out the shapes on the line.
  3. To make the two tone leaves, rotary cut from the full width of fabric, 5 strips 1 1/4in wide from fabrics G1 and G2. Using a 1/4in seam allowance, sew each strip of fabric G1 to a strip of fabric G2. PRESS SEAMS OPEN. Iron the freezer paper leaf cutouts, shiny side down, onto the reverse of the prepared strips so that the seam runs down the centre of the leaf shape. Leave at least 1/2in between each. Cut out the leaves adding 1/4in seam allowance all around edges of freezer paper.
  4. Iron berry shapes, shiny side down, onto the reverse of fabric R1, leaving at least 1/2 in between each. Cut out the berries adding 1/4 in seam allowance all round edges of freezer paper.
  5. Use Pritt Stick or other water-soluble glue or starch to fold under seam allowances around freezer paper shapes.
  6. Using invisible thread on top and regular thread on bobbin, blind hemstitch the appliqués onto the prepared hexagons or, if preferred, this can be done by hand. When complete, cut away the background fabric from behind the appliqués to remove the freezer paper. Soak in cold water for ten minutes to remove glue and markings. Dry flat on a towel and then press.

Border Blocks

  1. Rotary cut 5 3/4in squares as follows: Three each from fabrics R1, R2, G1 and G2. Six each from fabrics Y1 and Y1.
  2. On the reverse of the squares cut from fabric Y1 and fabric Y2, draw a single line diagonally across the square from one corner to another using a pencil and ruler. Pair each square of fabrics R1and R2 with a square of fabric Y1. Pair each square of fabrics G1 and G2 with a square of fabric Y2.
  3. To make the half square triangles, place the paired squares right sides together, and sew them a 1/4 in away from the marked line, first one side of the line then the other. Cut apart on the line to create two half square triangles. There will be 24 in total, six from each combination. Press and trim ‘ears’.
  4. Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut each half square triangle in half diagonally. Each half square triangle will yield two mirror image triangle units. There will be 48 in total, six of each as shown in Figure 1.
  5. Take five of each unit and sew them to the prepared holy hexagons as shown. Match notches on the hexagon to centre seams of triangle units. Pin at centre, ends and middle before sewing. Make five each of the following blocks noting the change of direction of hexagons on the B blocks. There will be 20 combination blocks, each measuring 6 1/2 in square.
Figure 1
Figure 1: Piecing the holly border blocks

Quilt Assembly

Figure 2
Figure 2: Layout for holly border
  1. Sew two of the Nine-Patch border strips to the sides of the Mariner’s Compass block. Attach a Sawtooth Star to each end of the two remaining Nine-Patch border strips, sewing from the paper side along marked seam line. Sew these units to the top and bottom the Mariner’s Compass block. Remove papers from the Stars.
  2. Cut the following from fabric CF: two strips 2 x 21 1/2 in and two strips 2 x 24 1/2 in long. Sew the shorter cut lengths of fabric to the sides then the final two to the top and bottom of the quilt centre.
  3. Sew the holly blocks together with the Y1 and Y2 triangles staying central within the border, the R2 and G2 triangles facing towards the quilt centre, the R1 and G1 triangles facing away from the quilt centre, and with the hexagon units forming a zigzag effect as shown in Figure 2. Join two sets of four and sew these onto the sides of the quilt. Join two sets of six and sew these onto the top and bottom of the quilt.
  4. Cut the following from fabric CF for the second plain border: two strips 2 x 36 1/2 in long and two strips 2 x 39 1/2 in long. Sew cut lengths of fabric to the sides then top and bottom of quilt centre as before. 5For the outer border, cut the following from fabric PS: two strips 2 x 39 1/2 in long and two strips 2 x 42 1/2 in long. Sew cut lengths of fabric to the sides then top and bottom of quilt centre as before.
  5. Sandwich the layers with backing and wadding and quilt as desired.
  6. For the binding, cut five strips 2 1/2 in wide across the width of fabric C1. Join into one length and use to make double binding and apply to the quilt. Add a hanging sleeve and hang with pride.

First published in Popular Patchwork December 2006