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Oak leaf medallion quilt is a very nice pattern and very well detailed as you can see in the image just below. One detail that draws attention on the subject is the colors that have been well detailed.

Oak leaf medallion quilt

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Oak leaf medallion quilt
Oak leaf medallion quilt

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Personally, I like to play with motifs both in design space as well as on my quilts. They are free from the bounds of the block, allowing for so much more creativity. I also like mandala’s, which is pretty evident by the number of them in my collection! Therefore, this was the perfect opportunity to put them together for an EQ8 Block Spotlight.

The trick to making mandala’s in EQ8 is the use of the wreathmaker function in design mode. You can add an element, turn it into a wreath by selecting the number of clusters. I chose eight clusters for mine as I like the symmetry of 45-degree angles for spacing.

Then, you can select the cluster spacing, which is how far apart the elements are from each other. This is a great feature when adding multiple elements. When you add an element, you can pick a wider spacing so it will form a ring around your last element.

Finally, you can select the size of the cluster, which is the size of the element itself. In my case, I had to size a few elements down to make them fit neatly between each other. The trick with adding multiple elements is to add them one at a time.

Wreaths work best when the initial element is located at 0-degrees or 12 o’clock and is oriented north to south. You can then adjust the wreath to have the elements exactly where you need them.

If you don’t use the orientation indicated, the wreath may not come out as you envisioned. Sometimes, it may be a welcome surprise! Oak leaf medallion quilt is really wonderful.

When the Oak leaf medallion quilt was finished, it needed a little something extra, a border. Using the same elements as the medallion, I created an oak border with acorns and leaves. The colors changed along the axis and the elements alternated direction to keep it interesting. Then, a thin solid border was added as a frame. Again, I was looking for complements, not competition.

This would be relatively easy to make using fusible applique (granted the honey locust may be a little time consuming). For those with patience, it could be needle turned or machine appliqued.

I am not that patient! The quilt is 87″ square as designed, but could be made larger with a few extra borders, or smaller by leaving out the applique border, which adds 12″ to the size. What do you think of the Oak leaf medallion quilt design? Should I turn it into a pattern?? Please comment to let me know.

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