Friday, June 28, 2019

show and tell about your mosaic jig medallion quilt

Thanks for joining us for our show and tell portion of the Mosaic Jig QAL. If you were participating, I hope you have caught up on your design and have finished the top to show to all of us? If so, you can link up down below.

I have enjoyed watching your progress and finished quilts over the past couple of months. It makes my heart tingle with admiration and appreciation. I wasn't expecting such a great turnout and was totally floored by seeing all of your beautiful designs! I wasn't expecting that. Thank you!

Here is a reminder of previous posts if you missed one.

Material and Fabric Requirements (March 1)
Preparation and Cutting Instructions (March 15)
Center Mosaic Medallion (March 29)
Border One (April 12)
Mosaic Blocks (April 26)
Record Blocks (May 10)
Finishing (May 26)
Show and Tell (June 28)*

My quilt is completed and I totally love it! I was a little nervous by giving it away to a long arm quilter, but Birgit Schüller didn't disappoint! She took the design and enhanced it beautifully by accentuating and creating a new design with her award winning quilting abilities. I am so honored to have one of my quilts quilted by her! I look forward to putting the Mosaic Jig Medallion quilt into exhibits so everyone can see just how beautiful it really is in person.

All in all, I am pleased with how it all came together. Often when I design a quilt followed by actually sewing it together, I change some things in the construction or in the process. I don't think I would change anything on this one. Except, maybe I would make that outer border just a little bit wider.

If you are wondering why there isn't a complete circle on the corner blocks, this was intentional. It looks okay when you do this, but I wanted to bring in a little more interest and dynamic to the design.

I shot these photos with my mobile Samsung phone. They are not the best by far, but you do get an impression of the gorgeous quilting. When I have some more time, I will take photos with my SLR. I also realized my photo display (aka curtain rod) in my sewing room is just a little too small for this quilt. You can see it hanging off the end. After the tunnel is completely sewn down, it will be photographed again.

As a thank you to all who participated in the free quilt along, I will be sending out a freebie. Just drop me an email with a photo of your progress, and I will send it out to you. : )

Additionally, all of the free PDF downloads are disappearing after today. You can still read the blog posts, but the PDF's are gone from the website. You can always purchase the complete pattern on Etsy.

Now it is time to share your Mosaic Jig Medallion and tell all about it! Link up below. Thanks for dropping by and have a wonderful summer!

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Friday, May 24, 2019

finishing - mosaic jig qal

Thanks for joining us for last edition of our quilt along instructions. Are you all caught up? Did you figure out the design or is it still a mystery?

Thank you for sharing your progress photos and quilting along with us. We truly appreciate it. I hope you have had as much fun as we have had!

Here is a reminder of previous posts if you missed one.

Material and Fabric Requirements (March 1)
Preparation and Cutting Instructions (March 15)
Center Mosaic Medallion (March 29)
Border One (April 12)
Mosaic Blocks (April 26)
Record Blocks (May 10)
Finishing (May 26)
Show and Tell (June 28)*

*We will have one more post, where you can show off all of your hard work and share your Mosaic Jig Medallion quilt.

Preparation & Reminders

Please read through the instructions before you begin. You should have knowledge of sewing as well as how to use templates to complete this quilt.
  • Use high quality patchwork/quilting fabrics and thread for longer endurance.
  • All dimensions are given in inches.
  • Use a scant 1/4" seam allowance for all seams unless otherwise given.
  • Finger press as you go. Press with a warm iron to set your seams. Do not use steam to set seams.
  • Use a 2.0 stitch length for smaller blocks. Use a 2.0 - 2.5 stitch length for larger blocks.
  • Clip off dog ears as you sew. 
  • Backstitch at the starting and stopping points when sewing curves.
Additionally, if you are using a translator to translate this information, the fractions will probably be lost in the translation. Please print out the original dimensions.


All designs and templates are protected under copyright laws and may not be photocopied, duplicated or reproduced in any form other than the original purchaser for personal, private use. No commercial use of any kind is granted without the written consent from Karen Ackva or easypatchwork. May not be used as teaching material nor used in sellable items. All designs © Karen Ackva - easypatchwork.


Our last assignment is also intermediate level. Again, we will be sewing curves on the last block, Rounded Corner block, using the leftover Patches E & F, but you may also choose the "cheater way" and fake it with a cathedral window style curve.Again, it is very important that you sew curves with a smaller stitch than normal - about 2.0 on your machine as well as with your needle position down so you can maintain a consistent flow when rotating your fabric on the curves. Here are the instructions as a PDF for added help.

Here is what you need to cut to finish off the design:

Total Number of Patches
Dimension in Inches
 Med 1
Med 2
6 ½ x 6 ½

3 ½ x 3 ½


2 ¼ x WOF


4 ½ x 60 ½


4 ½ x 68 ½


* Cut squares as indicated. There are two different methods/designs for you to choose from for these patches. If you do not want to make the small curved piecing, cut squares and follow Method 2 for the Rounded Corner Blocks. If not, cut templates with rounded corners.

Making the Rounded Corner Blocks

First you need to decide if you want to make the blocks using curved piecing or go for the cheater method. The cheater method or fake piecing uses the same type of construction as you would when making cathedral windows.

Method One

Cut out your squares. Use the templates to finish the rounded corners of the patches. Poke a hole in the templates with a straight pin and transfer the mark on to the wrong side of the patches using a non-permanent marker or washable pen. Line up the marks of Patch E and Patch F (right sides together) and pin in place. Fill with as many pins as you need to sew the curve. I personally think I overdid the amount in the photo. : ) Make sure you set a pin in each of the dots - this will be the starting and stopping points and will need a couple of backstitches to secure the seam.

Take the block over to your sewing machine. Backstitch at the beginning of your seam. Sew, rotating the block with your left hand gently and sew the curve slowly. When you get to the last pin, backstitch.

Press the corner patch outwards. If the curve doesn't look exactly curvy, set it aside and come back to it after you practice a few more times. (I think I sewed this one a second time.)

Method Two

If you have ever made a Cathedral Window quilt or pillow case, you are familiar with this next method.

Cut your the required squares Patches E & F.

Take the smaller square and fold in half diagonally.

Place the folded square in the upper right corner matching up the raw edges . Pin in place. Baste with a 1/8th seam allowance with a 3,0 stitch length.

Now you can use this patch as you would any other patch. Sew borders or blocks as described in the instructions. (I used some scraps just for demonstration purposes.)

You can see here that the bias (diagonal) edge is pliable and can easily be folded back.

After the entire quilt top is assembled and ready to be quilted, pull the folded edges back and pin in place. (Again, demonstration purposes. Just imagine the quilt is finished.)

Now topstitch or quilt in place.

If you compare the template to the rounded edge, you can see that they are not identical. If you want the curve to be more like the template, pull the bias edge even deeper in towards the corner.

That's it for those corner patches. Whew! Now it is time to put it all together. Layout all of your patches so this is what you see.

To keep it straight when laying out your patches, the quilt is symmetrical across the diagonal of the quilt.

Please refer to the PDF for more helpful hints when putting it all together.

When adding the borders, I generally cut a little longer than needed and trim to the edges later when squaring up both edges of the quilt.

Trouble Shooting

Here are some photos of problems that occurred when sewing everything together.

Problem: these points aren't matching up when sewing. It looks like the Record Blocks are too big. Unpick the seam where the arrows are. Try sewing the Record blocks together with a larger seam allowance to make the blocks smaller. Finish the open seam.

Problem: everything matches up, except the centers of the Record Blocks. ?!&$ It looks like the bottom block wasn't correctly sewn. Disassembled the four patch block shown below. 

Return back to this step to verify the curves are sewn correctly.

Here is what my quilt looked like when laying it out. It covers my entire floor measuring 70" x 70".

The entire quilt will remain a surprise until we all are finished. My quilt is currently at a long arm quilter having her beauty treatment. I can't wait to get it back and see how Birgit Schüller performed her magic. It is the first time Birgit, world renowned German quilt artist, is quilting one of my quilts!! I am very anxious and excited! I was privileged enough to take one of her long arm classes and fell in love with her work!

So now you have one month to sew it all together and get your quilt quilted. We run a tight ship around here, you know! We will be having a little show and tell starting June 28, 2019. Please join us then to see a parade of Mosaic Jig Medallion quilts. If you are interested in the pattern without having to read through all of the blog posts, you can also purchase the entire pattern on Etsy.

Thank you so much for dropping by! Happy quilting!
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