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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bettina's Austen Family Medallion


Bettina's finished her Austen Family Album top

She's been making the blocks with pastels 
punctuated by brights...

and doing some fussy cutting and applique too.

Austen Family Album by Bettina Havig

I  Photoshopped my bad snapshot of her top so you 
could see the set. It hangs much straighter than this.

She set the 36 blocks both on the straight and on point.
There are 16 blocks in the center.


They're sashed with a nine-patch in the corners and
three strips between.
She framed these with a darker strip border.

The next border is 20 blocks set on point.
The setting triangles on the outside are pieced
to make these blocks appear to float on the brown strip.

Note that she pieced a tiny yellow triangle into
the corners to complete the illusion.
She then added a yellow print final border.

You may want to use her clever set but we should warn you that Bettina redrafted her weekly sample blocks to 9". If you set your 12" blocks like this you will have a mighty large quilt.


Bettina's Cutting Instructions for her design, 
modified for 12" Blocks to make a 102" square quilt

The interior section:


For the nine-patch and strip sashing:
  • Cut 72 assorted 2” x 12-½” strips and 81 squares 2 x 2" to make the 9 nine-patch corner stones.
For inner border, the brown frame surrounding the center section:
  • Cut 4 strips 3-¾”x 69-¼” to allow for mitered corners.
For the blocks on point frame:


  • For the yellow inside of the frame cut 4 squares 18-¼” and sub-cut twice for 16 quarter square triangles.

  •  Cut two 9-3/8” squares to sub-cut once for four half-square triangles for the corners. 

  • For the outer portion with the brown stripe cut 5 squares 7-5/8”  and sub-cut twice to yield 20 quarter square triangles.

  • Cut  2 squares 1-1/8” sub-cut once for four tiny little triangles. 



  • Also cut 20 strips 4 ½” x 18 ¼” and trim at opposite 45-degree angle on each end. These are sewn to the triangles to form the brown part of the faux  border. (Bettina added the top and bottom first using the small triangles and then added the side sections using the larger triangles.) Now the top measures about 102" x 102" so adding additional borders is optional. 
  • Final border may be cut to any desired width if you'd like a larger quilt.

You can find some useful math in Bettina's book
Classic English Medallion Style Sets.


1 comment:

  1. Oh my -- this is just lovely! I can't wait to work with my blocks, but they have to wait until after the holidays.

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