Last Spring, I drafted a medallion quilt design that I never sewed. The sketch has been pinned up on my wall for months, and I decided it would be a great "big project" to start off 2014.
For a variety of reasons, I ended up planning the center of this medallion last. The structure and many of the piecing motifs in the borders are fairly traditional, so I decided to draft a version of the traditional Doves in the Window block for the center. (It's a block that I've had highlighted in my Nancy Cabot index for a while now.)
The center block measures 14" square. Each of these diamonds is 7/8" and constructed with standard machine sewing (no paper).
The first border is made from 32 quarter square triangle blocks, each 2" x 2". With the subsequent sashing, the quilt now measure 20" x 20". Six more borders to go!
Background fabric is Essex yarn-dyed cotton/linen in Steel. Prints and colorful solids are from all over the place and include low-volume gray and white/black prints and bright solids and monochromatic prints in an analagous color scheme ranging from gold to navy.