Category Archives: Category 1: Medallion Quilts (Pick one)


Vanity Fair by Michelle Yeo

The fabric range, Vanity Fair, used in this quilt from Michelle Yeo of Blackburn, Victoria, was designed for Windham Fabrics by Nancy Gere. The designs were selected from just two quilts in Nancy’s archives and comprise colours that were becoming popular towards the end of the 1860s — dark plums, rich browns, reddish pinks and the occasional clear blue. Windham Fabrics are distributed in Australia by Leutenegger. Michelle’s quilt has an appliquéd centre surrounded by two centre borders and four setting triangles. The whole quilt centre is surrounded by five borders.


Gum Flower Wreath by Leesa Chandler

Leesa Chandler of Beaumaris, Vic, designed this quilt using her own range of Australian-inspired fabrics called Under the Australian Sun. The range includes several colourways including a very striking one with a black background and red flowers, but for this quilt, Leesa chose to use the softer teal and pink colourway and the iconic Australian gum blossom.


Nine Patch Frame Quilt by Carol Lewis

Frame – or medallion – quilts always look impressive, but they’re often quite easy to make. They’re assembled as a centre panel surrounded by borders, some plain, some made with traditional patchwork blocks. Carol Lewis has featured a variety of nine-patch blocks
in her splendid quilt. Each part of this project is straightforward: just concentrate on accurate cutting and sewing and your own version will come together beautifully.

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Winchester by Katrina Hadjimichael

The floor of Winchester Cathedral, the final resting place of author Jane Austen, was Katrina Hadjimichael’s inspiration for this quilt. It was machine quilted by Belinda Betts and hung as part of a special Red and White exhibition at the 2015 Sydney Quilt Show, where it won second place in the Commercially Quilted Large Quilts category.

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