PRAYERFUL LEADER (a George Washington Quilt)

PRAYERFUL LEADER (a George Washington Quilt)

Image of George Washington from $1 bill
Source: Shutterstock

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.

PRAYERFUL LEADER (a George Washington Quilt)

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. 

Backing - three different red and cream toile fabrics.


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:

Medallion wall hanging of George Washington.
Source: Humble Quilts

Another medallion style quilt
Source: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Sold 5/2023.



36 thoughts on “PRAYERFUL LEADER (a George Washington Quilt)

  1. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. I love your wonderful ideas. You are such a free spirit in your quilting.

    1. Thank you for the kind words. I simply follow my quilt ideas – sometimes they don’t work out well, and other times they are fantastic.

  2. Discovered your quilt blogs a while back and have been reading through them. You are an inspiration to this quilter. I usually follow all the “rules” and my quilts tend to look like many others. No more. Thanks to you I am going to let my imagination take over. Please keep sharing and keep encouraging and inspiring.

    1. Wow, what kind words – thank you so much. As long as the good Lord allows me to quilt, I will keep sharing and just follow my heart when I quilt. Have a wonderful time following your quilt imagination. Enjoy the journey.

  3. I have been absent for a while, but now I remember why I love this blog. As a patriot, I love this quilt. You have the most amazing ideas. I subscribed so I won’t miss anymore posts.

    1. Thank you for being a patriot – we need more folks who live here to love this great country. Thanks too for subscribing. Happy Quilting.

  4. Great reading on this quilt site. Lots of ideas for us quilters who are learning the basics of quilt making. Subscribed so I can keep up with your quilt journey.

    1. Thank you for reading and subscribing to this blog. Glad you are getting ideas for your own quilts. Happy quilting.

    1. I truly believe that simple easy quilts can be beautiful. Thank you for visiting. Happy quilting.

  5. This is a fantastic quilt, and a great idea for a personal themed quilt. I don’t know how you can be so talented but thank you for sharing with us not so talented quilters. I just can’t believe the wealth of quilt ideas there are here.

    1. I honestly don’t know how I come up with all my ideas for quilts either. I certainly seem to have an endless supply of them though. Thank you for reading the blog. Happy quilting.

  6. I bought some of this material at the Paducah quilt show too many years ago! Then it went in the stash since I couldn’t figure out what to make with it. I love your quilt and am going to use it for idea to make a queen size one for me. Subscribed.

    1. It is amazing what fabric is found in the stash at some later date. Glad you are using this idea for a quilt of your own. Happy quilting.

  7. Wonderful quilt. As usual, another great idea. Thanks to this blog, I have way more ideas for quilts than I will ever get done. You rock!

    1. I am so glad you enjoy this quilt blog. You can never have enough ideas for new quilts. Happy quilting.

  8. George Washington is my hero and to find this quilt is way too cool. What a great idea. I am a real beginner quilter, and following your directions was able to make a similar quilt top last Saturday. Bring on more simple beautiful quilt ideas. I love your blog and subscribed so I don’t miss any posts. Thank you for sharing your quilt world with the rest of us.

    1. It always encourages me to know others find this quilt blog useful and informative. Thank you for the kind words and for subscribing. Happy quilting.

  9. Good day! I live in Russia. I am fascinated with your quilt ideas and blog. Here in Russia there is not many quilters around me but I want to learn. This blog has many ideas.

    1. Wow, I think you may be my first Russian reader. Thank you for reading this blog. Wishing you the best on your quilt journey.

  10. Wow!! Thanks for sharing this quilt. Love it. And a great idea for a personal themed quilt. I am headed to my stash to see what I can come up for my twin sons birthday next month.

  11. What a great idea – wonderful quilt and so easy.

    I spent this morning picking out fabrics to make a fishing themed quilt like this for my brother. I can’t believe the easy and beautiful quilts you make.

    Thank you for sharing your quilts and passion for quilting.

    1. Thank you for being one of my subscribers and for the kind comments. I am glad the ideas help other quilters with their own projects. Happy Quilting.

  12. What a great idea for making a personal quilt while keeping it simple and quick.

    You have no idea how much you inspire this quiltmaker. Keep up the great work.

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