Flying Geese Medallion quilt using Island Batik

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The December Island Batik Challenge was to make a medallion quilt of any size using any IB fabric. I really like the Sunset Plumes Collection designed by Kathy Engle and I knew I had enough of each fabric to make a lap to a full sized quilt. These are the fabrics I pulled from the collection.

The medallion and delectable mountains are paper pieced and I used the 2″ finished hst die from AccuQuilt for the sawtooth border. I was also able to play with my new AccuQuilt GO! Big.

Designed by me with no curved piecing and no Y seams. Finished size is 51″.

I couldn’t decide on what block to add for another round on the quilt so I settled on a 1 1/2″ border and loaded it on the frame with Hobbs Batting. Oh, the background fabric is Island Batik Custard which is from the foundations collection (always available).

For quilting I used Aurifil thread (yellow cone) purchased from fellow IBA MaryMackMadeMine along with a bolt of the Custard.

This was my favorite challenge as an IBA because I love to make medallion quilts and I love to make them with flying geese. The center medallion is distorted flying geese.

A huge thank you

Thank you Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, AccuQuilt, byAnnie, Schmetz Needles and Aurifil for your support throughout the year. Also a thank you to Schmetz who’s needles I’ve been using all year in my Juki.


  1. Denise – this is my favorite quilt of your! LOVE the design, fabrics and quilting. Way to end the year with a bang1

  2. Your medallion quilt is fabulous, Denise! I appreciated your thank-yous, too. Gosh, where WOULD we be without our sewing machine needles, yet I never thought to be thankful for them until you mentioned it! Imagine if we had to go through this pandemic like we’re doing now, except that sewing machine needles were as scarce as bleach wipes and paper towels?!

    1. If that were the case I couldn’t live with myself and no one else could live with me. Thank you for the kind compliment.

  3. Hi Denise, what an amazing quilt. It really shows that this is what you love to make – you rock! 🙂 I love the blocks in your outside boarder. That really adds a lot to the piece. I’ve always wanted to make cool pieced borders but by the time I’ve done that much of a quilt, I’m ready to call it quits! I will be hosting Free Motion Mavericks on Thursday if you didn’t link up with Muv yet. Take care.

    1. Nope, I will see you Thursday for your link up. Thank you for the warm words and I know exactly what you are saying about calling it quits. One of my sisters always asks, how big is it going to be? My response is of course, depends on how tired of it I am.

  4. Hi Denise! You are the master, in my book, on medallion center, flying geese, and piecing. WOW! This piece turned out just gorgeous. Are you planning on using it as a wall hanging? It sure looks lovely hanging there. It’s one of those that it would cross my mind and fall into the too-pretty-to-use category. Really fabulous job. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Awe thank you Roseanne. The hanger is new and until I finished this quilt the Christmas Tree quilt was hanging there. I’m not really sure what will happen to this one, perhaps a gift? Or it could be in its permanent home.

  5. Wow! I love the center and am so impressed that there is no curved piecing!! That delectable mountains border is my favorite (other than the center) and now I think I need to plan something with delectable mountains–it’s not a block I’ve played with but it’s just so perfect in this quilt!

    1. I’ve used it in other medallion quilts but I don’t include the bottom of the block. Using just the top makes it look they are peaking out from behind.

  6. This is absolutely beautiful. I don’t think I could manage that center even with paper piecing. A stunner for sure.

  7. Your batik medallion quilt is absolutely fantastic! I love the colors you used and all the borders around the medallion. Congratulations on a fabulous finish!

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