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Pat Sloan’s: Focus on the Center Blog Tour

Focus on the Center

I’m thrilled to be participating in Pat Sloan’s Focus on the Center Book Tour. There are 10 quilters participating in the tour this week and we each have two copies of Focus on the Center to give-away to our lucky readers. See below to enter my give-away and for the links to the other participants.

Plus, visit Pat’s blog as she’s asked each of us some fun questions and her publisher’s blog too:

Focus on the Center features seven medallion-style quilts. Confession, I have never made a medallion-style quilt before, but I’m really tempted by this one called Lucky Charms:

Lucky Charms

I just adore the scrappy-ness of this quilt and the unique on-point borders around the center appliqué followed by rectangular borders. There’s lots of interest in this quilt! It finishes at 61″ square, but you could easily make it larger or smaller by adding more borders or removing some. I also love that it has flying geese .. I really need a quilt with lots of flying geese for myself.

I’m not really big on making Christmas quilts that only get enjoyed for a month, so I would do the alternate center that’s included in the book for this quilt, here it is:


For the center appliqué, I’d use solid white and then scraps of my other fabrics. I’ll also continue the white into the large half square triangles/flying geese units around the appliqué. Here are my fabrics:




The colourful fat quarters and yardage prints are Treasures and Tidbits by Piece O’ Cake Designs for Robert Kaufman fabrics. The black and white prints are a fat quarter bundle put together by Jodie of Fort Worth Fabric Studio.

The red yardage will be used similar to how Pat used red in her sample: inner thin border and triangles around the white appliqué, for the wider border around the entire on-point layout and for the binding.

For the green used in the sample, i.e. the setting triangles in the center and for the flying geese sky units, I’ll use the black and white prints. I’ll alternate between black on white vs. white on black prints for the flying geese sky units. It’ll still be very scrappy, but the black and white will add some calm to the wild colours in the prints… I think! The prints will be used for the flying geese body units, the two scrappy outer borders and the rectangles inside the on-point layout.

Can you picture it?? I really wish I had time right now to start something new as this quilt is calling me! Maybe later in the summer.

See that fabulous yellow flowered print beside the red one above, well I have a few yards of it and there will be enough fabrics left over from the above quilt to make a coordinating one.

I love this one from the book, Antique Mist, and would use that flowered print in place of the large blue aqua flower print that Pat used for the middle border. Black and white prints would replace the pinks and the coloured fabrics would be used in place of the off whites. Not sure if I’ll have quite enough red yardage for the pink striped borders, but if not, a solid from my stash would work well too. This medallion quilt finishes at 57″ square.

Antique Mist

One of the things I love about Pat’s book, is that she’s included quick piecing methods such as making four flying geese units from squares of fabric.


I find when I’m browsing new books at the local quilt shop, I’m disappointed when I see authors not using the quicker methods we’ve all come to love from quilting tutorials from our blogging friends. Please tell me I’m not alone in this!


I have two copies of Pat’s Focus on the Center book to give-away. Leave a comment below answering:

Have you ever made a medallion-style quilt? If so, how many rounds did it have? If not, are you encouraged to do one now after seeing a few from Pat’s book?

Winners will be randomly chosen on May 7th.

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This post was published on May 2nd, 2012. Post topics: My Quilting Journey, Product Reviews, Quilting Events. Post tags: .

249 Responses to “Pat Sloan’s: Focus on the Center Blog Tour”

  1. Liliana says:

    Unfortunately I’ve never made ​​a Medallion Quilt-style … but I love this technique and with the help of Pat’s book I’m sure I’ll make it I cross my fingers…lol

  2. I’ve never made a medallion quilt, but it is definitely on my to do list.

  3. Kathrynn says:

    I haven’t made a medallion quilt but really want to now

  4. Ruth says:

    I made a small medallion quilt for a charity quilt. I like the process and hope to make a larger one.

  5. Wanda Williams says:

    The closest thing to a Medallion quilt I have made was matching quilts for my grandsons. I used a panel in the middle and put three borders around it making twin sized bed quilts. I love, love, love Pat’s new book and will definitely make a true medallion quilt after seeing the beautiful quilts in it. I agree with you on authors not using the easier quick methods of piecing and making blocks. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of Pat’s book.

  6. Cathy B says:

    No, I have never made a medallion quilt byt yes, after seeing this great book, I would really like to give it a try – they are gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. Karen Schultz says:

    I have done several medallion style quilts in the “round robin” style, where several of us started our own center of the quilt, then passed it on to the next person for borders. We each ended up with our own quilt back. Some of them had 8-10 different borders. It’s a fun way to work and I would love the book to do one “just for myself”!

  8. Pat F. says:

    I have done a couple medallion quilts also in the round robin style. I like the look of Pat’s new book, especially the cover quilt. Thanks for a chance to win her book.

  9. mo says:

    I’ve never made a medallion quilt, but I think I would certainly be encouraged to do so after reading this book!

  10. Dorothy Ramage says:

    I made a medallion quilt with 17 rounds. It was a lot of work but it lovely.

  11. Kathy h says:

    I have made 2 medallion quilts. One had 5 rounds and the second had 6. Pat’s book looks great.

  12. Rhonda H. says:

    No, I never have but, yes, I see lots of inspiration in this book! Thanks for chance to win!

  13. Mystica says:

    Never done one before but this is inspirational! Thank you for the chance of winning.

  14. Janet says:

    I’ve made a very simple medallion quilt with a large center block and just varying size borders and very large daisy flowers appliqued. I really like the uniqueness of Pat’s patterns. I love them all and can see them from traditional fabric to sweet summery colorways. Thanks for the chance to win Pat’s book.

  15. Kathie says:

    I’ve never made a medallion quilt but would love to try one!

  16. denise says:

    I have started a medallion quilt and need to finish it. Pat’s book looks very encouraging. I’d love to see how she takes shortcuts! Thank you for the opportunity!

  17. Dell says:

    I have never made a medallion quilt, but these are so beautiful.

  18. Gloria B says:

    I have a medallion quilt in my UFO pile It has 4 rounds at the moment but needs at least two more.

  19. Beth Hammergren says:

    I took a medallion class, but have never done a medallion quilt yet. Seeing all of the different blogs/sites regarding this book inspires me to try this challenge. Thanks for the opportunity.

  20. Kathleen says:

    No, I never have tried making a medallion style quilt. I guess I need to start thinking about it now that you’ve said something. This looks like a great book and a wonderful giveaway. Thanks! :)

  21. Sue P says:

    I have not made a medallion style quilt yet. This book has some great ideas I would like to try. Thanks.

  22. Hueisei says:

    I never make any medallion quilt before but I definitely will make one if Im the lucky winner :)

  23. Patricia Crowley says:

    I have never made a medallion quilt…but I would love to try!

  24. Kathy pennell says:

    I have a medallion style quilt in the ufo pile and am going to work on it next! I have decided to make it a wall hanging and it will have 3 rounds. Thanks for the inspirations.

  25. Heather G says:

    Wow…thanks for the chance to win. Haven’t made a medallion style quilt but I look forward to making one in the future.

  26. Donna says:

    Pat’s book is inspiring me to do a Medallion style quilt .. perhaps soon I will make my first. Happy quilting!

  27. Karin says:

    I have done a couple medallion quilts – most recently with 5 rounds – and just itching to do another. This book is perfect – thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  28. Janet says:

    I did make a medallion style quilt and it had four rounds. It was a challenge for me, but I love the end result. Yes, “Focus on the Center” certainly inspires me to make another one.

  29. Kim's Crafty Apple says:

    I haven’t made one yet – although I think I am right now. It just has three rounds and BIG blocks so it’s great!

  30. Amy says:

    I was involved with a round robin done medallion style. We made some AMAZING pieces. But so far, that’s the only one. I’ve wanted to do another one, but havn’t had the chance yet. I REALLY like the one you’re looking at!!

  31. I guess you would call my round robin quilt a medallion. It does have a center square that the rest is built around. I love it.

  32. Christie says:

    I have a great center square that this book would give great ideas to build a quilt around!

  33. Elli says:

    I made a medallion quilt from a Quilter’s Newsletter design. It had about 8 borders on it–I nicknamed it the endless border quilt. A lot of small half square triangles.

  34. Donna Gauch says:

    Yes I have made 1 but am inspired to do another since I enjoy appliqué but doing a whole quilt is too much. The inspiration on the rows around is wonderful.

  35. Debbie Goad says:

    I’ve never made a medallion quilt but I am getting inspired by this blog tour. WishI could win Pat’s book.

  36. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    I made one years ago, and it was also a round robin. It had 5 or 6 founds in it. Never finished it, and then it barely survived Katrina. It has some rotting fabric, but I can’t bear to throw it away. I might try to re-do it one day.

  37. Rosieq says:

    Thanks for inviting me in today…what loverlies, and I would so love to meet Pat Sloan, via her book. Never heard of her…but I like what I see.

  38. Terry Johnson says:

    Love Pat Sloan’s ideas any techinque’s.

    Would Love to win the book.

  39. Carmen says:

    I’ve never made a medallion quilt, but I definitely want to.

  40. Debi Hassler says:

    I’ve never made a medallion style quilt and would love to try!

  41. Carla G says:

    I’ve never made a medallion style quilt… but these are beautiful. I’d love to try one! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

  42. Chris says:

    I made a Medallion Quilt years ago with 15 rounds, fun but labor intensive.

  43. Jill M in OH says:

    I have never made a medallion quilt, but I have admired them greatly! I think that with Pat’s book, it would be so much easier to make one and I would definitely try. :)

  44. Karen A says:

    I’m working on a quilt top now that keeps growing. I’m up to my 4th border and I’m not sure I’m done. It depends if I can find more fabric to coordinate with what I already have lol.

  45. Paula says:

    I have participated in a round robin project, which is similiar, but have not made a true medalion quilt. It is on my “to do” list as I love applique and also piecing. I love Pat’s designs!

  46. Cindy says:

    I have never made a medallion quilt. I love the option to do different than a christmas quilt and the one shown in turquoise is my fave colors so inspired to try! Thank you for all the options & encouragements!!!

  47. Margie Gross says:

    I made a medallion quilt wall hanging with a watercolor wreath made from a fabric with red and blue roses in the center. Surrounded it with 3 borders and put a rod pocket in the back. With this small piece under my belt and a copy of her book, I think I can tackle a bed size quilt.

  48. Kathi I says:

    I’ve beem considering a medallion quilt as I have UFO that I just never seem to get to. The center is a Mariner’s compass with several other star blocks made. Will have to pull it out of the closet and give it some thought!

  49. Mary says:

    No, but if I had Pat’s book, that would change!

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