Heart Medallion Checkerboard Quilt Tutorial

What do you get when you combine beautiful batik fabrics, unique medallion designs, and easy machine quilting designs? One gorgeous quilt! Learn how to make the Heart Medallion Checkerboard in this new quilting tutorial:

Heart Medallion Checkerboard Quilt
Finished Size: 54 x 72 inches 

Heart Medallion Checkerboard Quilt

Find this pattern in the October 2017 Quilty Box

Heart Medallion FabricYes! You can find this Heart Medallion Fabric available right here. Purchase one set which includes 1 yard of green and 1 yard of blue Heart Medallion fabric to make this quilt.

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Piecing Tips and Tricks

The Heart Medallion Checkerboard is a very easy quilt to put together. The key is carefully cutting the Heart Medallion blocks sothe circular design is centered within the square. This is called Fussy Cutting because you have to be a bit fussy to get the block centered exactly right.

It’s important to cut the blocks carefully from the fabric because messing up one block might cut into the designs adjoining it. Make sure to watch the video above to find tips on marking and fussy cutting your squares so the Heart Medallion blocks come out the correct size and centered beautifully within each square.

Heart Medallion Checkerboard Quilt

Attaching the Borders

To expand the quilt and make it a bit bigger, I attached two borders to the outer edges. When working with long pieces of fabric like this the most important tip is to be gentle. I prefer to cut borders slightly longer than needed so I can gently piece the long edges together without stretching or pulling to fit.

After attaching the borders, press with a hot, dry iron to open the seams and flatten the quilt so you can trim the edges square Before attaching the next set of strips.

Heart Medallion Checkerboard Quilt

Whoa - That border looks wavy! This picture was taken on grass which is wavy underneath. The quilt itself does lay quite flat when on a flat surface. gotta love outdoor photography!

Once you have the borders pieced, the next step is layer your quilt top with batting and backing fabric to create a quilt sandwich. This basting step is really important for holding the layers of the quilt together securely as you machine quilt them permanently together. Find a tutorial on basting big quilts in the Mega Star Walking Foot Workshop.

But How Do I Quilt It?

Heart Medallion Checkerboard Quilt

Great question! There are many ways to quilt the Heart Medallion Checkerboard. I decided to pick very simple designs and quilt the shapes big so the quilt would finish super soft and squishy. I also picked a thick, fluffy batting (Quilters Dream Puff) which also helps the quilt finish soft as well.

To guide you through the quilting process, I’ve created a series of quilting tutorials for you to quilt along with me. Feel free to change up the design and make it your own or use the same machine quilting designs for a fast and fun finish.

Quilting Tutorials for the Heart Medallion Checkerboard:

Stitching in the ditch

1. Stitching in the Ditch

Outline Quilting

2. Outline Quilting

Straight Line Quilting

3. Straight Line Quilting

Quilting Heart Paisley

4. Quilting Heart Paisley


If you enjoyed this series, please consider taking a quilting class with me! We have created many online quilting workshops to guide you through all the steps to creating beautiful quilts. You will love taking a quilt workshop because you get to see each step of the quilting process with great instructions!

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