Monday, June 6, 2016

Gwennie Inspired Medallion Sew-a-long

The big reveal…

If you are new to my blog you can read about this Gwennie (Gwen Marston) inspired sew-a-long (here).


Lori (Humble Quilts) chose baskets as the center theme. I have to say I have had a ball with this one. I usually work from a drawing first. I made 3 different drawings before I realized that to honor what Gwen Marston is most famous for, I needed to me more liberated! SO I took my trusty Karen K. Buckley scissors and started cutting shapes. This is what I came up with.



I love the striped background fabric. It is part of the Moda Collection for a Cause “Warmth” line. I look forward to seeing what you all come up with! 

If you are following along (or if you just want to see what everyone is doing) it is time to link up to Lori's blog (here). I am amazed at all the great centers I have seen so far.

Cynthia (Wabi-Sabi Quilts) has chosen our next round. "Childhood Memories" as our next theme. Check our her blog (here) for all the details. What a wonderful choice. The wheels are turning, now let's see if I can transform my ideas into fabric. Hope you are all enjoying the journey with the 5 of us!

34 comments:

  1. I loooove your basket Wendy and the striped background is a great idea !

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    1. I like your strip background too. Great minds think alike!

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  2. looking good so far...and just how many sew alongs are you in??? LOL...

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  3. I love you basket. Great choice of background. Hugs

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    1. Thanks a million! It surely was fun to do.

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  4. Wendy - your basket is.... simply awesome. Isn't free form applique so fun? Your fabric choices are just so vibrant!

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    1. I have to say I struggled with the free form in the beginning, but I had a ball and I look forward to the next go round!

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  5. Wow beautiful block and very Gwennie !

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    1. Thanks so much! That was my idea and I'm glad it shows!

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  6. I LOVE it! Such great greens and I love the basket fabric!

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    1. I have had it for so long just waiting for the perfect block!

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  7. Wendy, I love all the varied prints you chose for your design love them all!

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  8. Absolutely fun print choices! What a great start. :-)

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    1. Thanks! Looking forward to the next step.

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  9. I like that stripe background too! I was not so brave as you to take scissors and just start cutting. Your end result is very Gwen in style and will work well for the medallion challenge.

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    1. Well Karen, it wasn't easy for me. I really struggled with free form and now I love it.

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  10. Such a great start!! Can't wait to see how you interpret the next round! And I may have to cave under all the fun pressure you all are having and join in this Gwen inspired challenge! lol

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    1. Oh I hope you do cave. I know I was too busy to do it too, but I am having fun with this one. The next round may be a bit more of a challenge, but I'm up for it.

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  11. I really like that you free cut your applique shapes, and they look great too! It's such a lively basket, you are off to a great start!

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  12. Lovely basket. I like your fabric choices...the different green leaves, the striped background, the basket.

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  13. Wonderful basket block! Such great fabrics!

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  14. You chose great fabrics to work with, bight and cheerful and the striped background just set the playful tone.

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  15. Love your basket and the striped background :) Can't wait to see what you add next.

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  16. I love your basket block!
    What a wonderful start to your sew along quilt!

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  17. I love everything about this -- the clever design, the striped background, the prints in your flowers -- it's perfect!

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  18. How pretty. That background fabric is great. I love the Warmth collection. Yes, this QAL is definitely a load of fun. 'Got my basket and first round all sewn-up.

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  19. Wonderful start to the QAL! I love the striped fabric you used for the background, and your applique is fun. Good job to just use the scissors, even if it's kind of scary when you start!

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  20. I love this! Never would have thought of that background, but it is so fun!

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  21. How fun that you used fabric that looks like a woven basket for the quilt. Everything about your block is great but I especially like the greens you chose for the leaves and stems and those little circles at the ends of several of the stems. What fun!
    --Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

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