Prayerful Leader (a George Washington Quilt) started with a single leftover print block from another quilt. I built out from that block by framing the center block with borders until it was the size I wanted for a large wall hanging.
It can easily be adjusted to fit any size desired by simply shrinking or enlarging the border sizes.
Super easy quilt to piece – I pieced it in a long day of sorting, cutting, and piecing. The center block can be any pretty or novelty fabric you want to frame so that it is a “medallion” quilt. Borders can be changed in size and number of them to make a quilt that fits your creativity and project.
Starting in the center, add the first border to the center block. I started by adding the side borders to the center block, ironing, and then adding the top and bottom borders for center block. I used this same method for all the borders.
Please note that the supply list is finished size once sewn.
Fabric supplies for quilt top:
- Center block 12.5 ” x 13.5″
- First border (on above the red and brown stripe) 1.5″
- Second border 2.25″
- Third border 3.25″
- Fourth border 5.25″
- Fifth border 5.25″
- Sixth border 1.0″
- Seventh border 5.5″
Machine quilted by RLM in a medium size stipple design.
The backing is 2 different toile fabrics I had on hand and a dark red/cream floral print that was aptly named “Martha Washington”. I pieced them together to make a big enough back.
The binding is the “Martha Washington” print. I cut several 2.5″strips and sewed them together into one long strip. Then I ironed this strip in half (so 1.25″) and machine sewed the raw edge a quarter inch along the front of the quilt. The mitered corners are quite do-able with practice. Simply use a straight pin to hold the corner fold where it needs to be. The binding is finished by pulling the binding over the back and whip stitching down.
Finished size is 60″ x 63″.
Prayerful Leader (a George Washington Quilt) was pieced, machine quilted, and bound in June 2019.
Two other medallion style quilts featuring George Washington:
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