Using Vintage Linens and Fabrics in Quilts / Ruzha Medallion Table Topper


Heather McArthur pays homage to her Ukrainian grandmother who left Heather various vintage fabrics. The center block is foundation paper-pieced, inspired by the symbols and colours used in the beautiful art of Pysanky eggs, in which each carries a specific meaning and imbues good wishes on the owner or recipient of the egg. In this quilt, Heather uses the common eight-pointed star called a ruzha, which represents the sun – the giver of life. The colour red represents love and happiness, the colour yellow purity and youth, and the colour blue represents good health.
Many quilters are afraid to try FPP because the patterns look so complicated and labour-intensive, but it is the easiest and best way to create incredibly accurate quilt blocks! This quilt medallion is the perfect small project to start your FPP journey. Add borders to the medallion for a stunning table topper, as I have done, or use it as a center medallion in a larger quilt.
Includes instructions, photos, and foundation paper-piecing template; also includes Heather McArthur’s article about Using Vintage Linens and Fabrics in Quilts.
skill level Intermediate
finished measurements
medallion block 20½”” x 20½”” [52 x 52cm]
quilt 36½”” x 36½”” [92.5 x 92.5cm]