Anasazi Medallion Quilt

I am honored to be a part of Moda Bake Shop.  This is my first post and I can't wait to show you my finished project!  As a child, our family took many vacations to southern Utah and the Four-Corners area of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.  One of my favorite places to visit was Mesa Verde National Park--a spectacular area of canyons where the native Anasazi Indians "Ancient Ones" built their homes in the cliffs.   In honor of this, I decided to name my quilt Anasazi Medallion as the layout takes me back to those fun camping trips.

1 Dessert Roll (For this quilt I used Moda Ombres Marble Dots collection)
1 Jelly Roll for the borders (I also used Moda Ombres Marble Dots)
2 1/2 yards white fabric for the medallion setting and inner border (I also used Moda Marble Dots)
4 Yards Backing
3/4 Yard Binding (I also used Moda Marble Dots)

 Center Medallion:

Unroll your dessert roll and pair 10 fabrics strips according to your liking.   In the sample quilt, I aligned the fabric color with the color adjacent to it in the dessert roll.  To maintain the color placement value of the ombre fabric, align the white selvage edges together so that the dark hues align with similar color values.

Sew two coordinated strips together, pressing all seams toward the dark fabric.  Then cut these strips into squares measuring 9 1/2 inches.  Each strip will yield 4 squares.  You will need a total of 18 squares.

From the 2 1/2 yards of white fabric, cut the inner border first from the lengthwise grain.  Cut four strips measuring 2 1/2 inches wide by 60 inches long.  Reserve these strips to apply to the center patchwork medallion once it has been completed.

From the remaining white fabric, cut the medallion setting squares.  Rotary cut 6 strips measuring 9 1/2 inches wide, then cut these into 9 1/2 inch squares. You will need a total of 18 squares. Draw a diagonal line down the center of each of these.

Layer one pieced pieced square with a white square on top, right sides together.  Sew a 1/4 inch seam allowance down both sides of the diagonal line on the white square.

Cut these in half along the drawn line and press seams toward the colored fabric.  This will yield 36 blocks for the center medallion.  Refer to the placement diagram for the correct orientation of these blocks in the medallion.


Unroll your jelly roll and pair fabrics according to your liking.  In the sample quilt, I aligned the fabric strip with the color adjacent to it in the dessert roll.  To maintain the color placement value of the ombre fabric, align the white selvage edges together so that the dark hues align with similar color values.  Sew all all 2 1/2 inch strips together in rainbow order.  Rotary cut these into 6 inch widths.  14 rainbow repeats are needed, 4 for the top border, 4 for the bottom border, 3 for the right border and 3 for the left border.

Quilt Top Assembly Diagram:

Add the borders to your quilt top starting with the inner white strips first, then your completed rainbow repeat borders.

70 inches square quilt top.

I just love the vibrant colors in these Moda Marble basics dessert and jelly rolls .  Their colors are as vivid as my Zinnias in my garden!  Wow!  These fabrics are sure to make any project pop with awesome color.

Note: 1 Dessert Roll contains enough 5 inch strips to create enough squares for two center medallions.

Happy Quilting!

Shannon Mower


Erin Marie said...

When you gasp when you see a quilt, you just KNOW you have to make it. Stunning.

Anjeanette said...

Wow! I love this. Such a simple thing and great impact. Great job!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Beautiful, beautiful quilt!

Karen said...

Beautiful quilt ! Thanks for sharing...

Meg said...

your use of color is spectacular. wow, what a creative work of art!
love it, can you tell? Meg

Teresa said...

Love!! So Beautiful!

Wendie Waldman said...

A beautiful tribute.

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here:
love it!
I love bright and perky. This is one great example
Thank you for sharing your creativity

Amy DeCesare said...

I love the vivid colors and placement in this quilt. I'm especially intrigued, though, by the way you position the seams to create the effective! Great job!!!

Karen said...

What a great project! So beautiful and I love to see a project using a dessert roll.

Shannon Mower said...

Thank you so much for your comments. I am flattered and grateful you enjoyed this project!

dawn payne said...

I have just been told of a very sick friend. I need to make a lap quilt very quickly to give her. I don't know how to get these directions from your page without needing to print several pages. I need to complete this within a week completely. Can you tell me where to find it in an understandable format?

Karen said...

Gorgeous quilt! :-)