The Rose Medallion Quilt

Back in October I was asked by Freespirit to come up with a quilt design for one of the new collections they were unveiling at market, Lulu Roses by Tanya Whelan. The quilt was made, it was displayed, and then the lovely people at McCall’s Quilting picked it up for a future issue.

Rose Medallion for Lulu Roses Collection By Tanya Whelan for FreeSpirit

Rose Medallion for Lulu Roses Collection By Tanya Whelan for FreeSpirit

Finally, I can tell you all that the Rose Medallion Quilt pattern is available! You can find it in the July/Aug issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine, and on the front cover no less! I probably don’t have to tell you how thrilled I was, but I will! And surprised! Rose Medallion was a lot of fun to make,and I am very happy with how it turned out, and the quilting. I did everything on my domestic machine. Pre-marked and with a walking foot. That crosshatching was painstakingly calculated and carefully drawn, then quilted so that it didn’t stretch the background. All those lines are stitched on the bias.If I had thought too hard about it, I might have done something different, but I am glad I went with it. It reminds me of a garden trellis, and the medallion is a giant flower on display. The mitred borders are the best feature of the entire quilt. The tiny inside border is actually 3D!


The magazine should be available very soon on your local newsstands, but for those of you who cannot wait, you can get the digital issue from the McCall’s website, just click here! The issue has some great projects for any style and skill level. There are a couple in there I want to make for H’s new bed, and for a lap quilt (though of course for me a lap quilt is pretty much a queen!)

You can see all the gorgeous projects, including my own Rose Medallion, in the Issue Preview video on the McCall’s Facebook page. And if you love the quilt just that much, McCall’s is even offering it as a kit! Woot!! You can pick yours up on their website, or clicking here. 



I hope you all enjoy the magazine! As always, I love to see what you are making. Tag me on instagram @staceyinstitches, add your picture to the Stacey Day Quilts Flickr group, or send me an email with your Rose Medallion!

Happy Stitching,


10 thoughts on “The Rose Medallion Quilt

  1. Holy cow. That’s incredible! Cover girl Stacy! 2nd magazine!

    Love yaz lots

    Sent from Sue’s iPad


  2. Hey COVER GIRL, congratulations. love the colour selections; no wonder they picked your creation.

  3. I love this pattern! Working on it now. How did you get the dresdans turned under so smoothly? Or are they just stitched on top? Thank you..lynn

    • Hi Lynn,

      I pressed the rounded edges under before sewing the wedges together, if you want it to be super smooth I suggest using freezer paper. Iron two layers together, shiny side to dull side, for extra strength, then trace the template onto the paper. Cut the templates out and cut away the seam allowance. Then press the FP template to the wrong side of the wedge, notch the seam allowance of the fabric to about 1/8″ away from the edge of the template, and then turn the seam allowance to the wrong side. Press it well, and wait until the fabric has cooled before removing the freezer paper and then press the turned edge again using steam to set the curve. Hope this helps!

  4. The patter says 18 assorted pedals, but on the actual finished product there are 20. Am I missing something. I’m new to “sewing using patterns”. so this may be a dumb question

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