When I first saw The Quilt Show’s Block of the Month pattern for 2017, “Halo Medallion”, I thought it was lovely. However, I had just moved to New Mexico and wanted something a little more “Southwest” in feel. Finally, I had the idea to change up the fabrics to all Kona Cotton solids in colors of the Southwest instead of the soft, muted traditional fabrics of the original Sue Garman design.
I quilted my “Fiesta Halo Medallion” on my Innova long arm quilting machine with stitch regulation. All the quilting was hand-guided, sometimes with the aid of acrylic templates. The only thread used was Superior’s Bottom Line in color light turquoise. All the fabric, including the backing, was Kona Cotton. I used one layer of Hobb’s 80/20 batting and one layer of Hobbs wool batting. After quilting the quilt measured 82″ by 82″.