Thursday, September 1, 2016

Gwennie border #4 Stars revealed

Here is my next to the last border. One more to go. Sorry the photos are so bad, but in order to make my deadline I had to photograph in the dim light of the dawn. Talk about "wonky", I couldn't quite get a straight shot at 4:30 a.m.! This has been so much fun! I had a lot of fun with the stars even though it was a struggle at first to be so “free” with my cutting and sewing. I think this is the most “Gwennie” of the borders so far.

I had a little late night stitching which resulted in a few errors. I considered leaving this to make it really “Gwennie” but I fixed in a moment of weakness.

I also made a technical error with the binding. I meant to bind the short end first, but somehow (must have been the heat last week) I did the long ends first so I had a gap when they were added to the quilt. I contemplated (for about two seconds) taking it apart and redoing it, but decided it would be much more fun (and Gwennie like) to simply add yo-yo’s at the corners so you don’t notice the mistake (as much). It looks pretty good from a (great) distance. 

I love the way the back is looking with all the different fabrics. It may not have been smart to do this (in the heat of a busy summer) in the potholder method, but it has been fun! 

The first two "rounds" were hand quilted and these last two have been machine quilted. I plan to hand quilt the last round.

Lori is doing the link up this month (here) so don’t forget to stop by and see all the super creativity.

I can’t believe it is September already and my turn to choose the final border on our Gwennie Inspired Round Robin.

Being from Maine, my theme choice for the final border is
“Something Fishy”

As with those who have gone before me (Lori, Cynthia, Cathy and Katy), you can interpret this as loosely as you like. Here are a few examples:

Seafood fabric or appliques
Sea birds (they eat fish!)
Marine mammals (they eat fish too!)
Lighthouses (they see fish)
Boats (they catch fish)
Ovals and triangles (i.e. fish shaped)
Tartar Sauce – what???

It’s not too late to join in. You have a whole month to create something to share for our October link up. Go sew! Can’t wait to see what you all come up with.


  1. Wendy, it is so amazing that yours are all quilted as well. But, it will be worth it to have it all finished at the finish, lol! It's looking great, and I love your theme for next month. What a hoot!

  2. Not being a fishy person in the least, this month's theme WILL be a challenge for me. Your quilt is looking amazing!

  3. I'm so impressed that your medallion is quilted already! Your potholder method is pretty amazing!
    Fishy, eh? Off to have a think...

  4. You have done a lovely job on this, Wendy, and I am intrigued by your final theme. Will be very fun to see how it is interpreted.
    And it hadn't really clicked that you were doing the potholder method on this. How cool that as you complete each round it is a finished quilt. : )

  5. Once again, I'm so amazed bu your work and your potholder method ! Your stars look great Wendy !
    OK fish.... let's think about that !! :)
    Hugs !

  6. I love your take on the Gwennie Medallion--so pretty...hugs, Julierose

  7. looks vintage to me...LOL...really nice project!

  8. Your stars are adorable! They may be a little more Gwennie than the other borders, but everything goes together perfectly. Also, good job on problem solving the intersection with the yo-yo, which matches the whimsical look of the quilt.

    Since you picked this last border, I know you're going to create something really fabulous. Haha . . . The pressure is on!

  9. Your Gwennie Medallion quilt is looking fabulous!
    I think it's awesome that you are quilting this as you go.

  10. So clever to use the yoyos - oh you and are I so much alike. I happily sew along thinking everything is groovy - then woops.
    I just love your stars - very twinkly and fun. and kudos for getting them all quilted and bound. amazing!
    i love your fishy theme. Funny enough, I'm adding a somewhat fishy border to mine medallion too. that's the quilt muse musing around.

  11. I also struggle with leaving things "Gwennie-like" or fixing them. Your medallion is looking wonderful on both front and back! I'll be interested to see what you do to incorporate a fishy finish. ;- )

  12. Now that is a star studded border!! Absolutely wonderful. I love the back too. Yay for yoyos!! I don't quite understand how by doing the long ends first you ended up with less binding? Surely the binding is the same length all around? I know you're going to have fun with your fish border!

  13. I love these stars! What a wonderful addition to the quilt. And I'm giggling at the tartar sauce. That's a head scratcher for sure. LOL

  14. Wendy this is pure genius - both sides of it! I will look forward to seeing it in person someday. Your star border is so fitting and helps make the logs border even more vibrant looking. Love the next theme - gotta put my thinking cap on!

  15. Gorgeous! I found the stars hard to do too. You may not have noticed not many of mine have points! LOL
    I love your creative way of making this quilt work, in the heat of the day, of course.

  16. So pretty. Yes, I also struggled with the stars round. Yours looks awesome :)

  17. I'm impressed that your medallion is already quilted every month and so beautiful. Your theme is a real challenge...I'm one month late...

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  19. I love this, Wendy! I like how the stars all gave the consistent yellow centers. And the yogis are a brilliant fix! I also love that you have a totally different quilt when you turn it over!

  20. Wendy it is so beautiful. I love it. Hugs

  21. This is the GREATEST! Love your Gwennie-wonkiness in the stars and in your binding LOL. And my favorite method of quilting is in the potholder method (though I opted not to do mine in this method because of the summer heat), now, seeing yours, I wish I had!! And can not wait to 'tackle' the something fishy!!!

  22. I think you have embraced the Gwen Marsden mind-set--your stars look great! I hope I can come up with something fishy--lol!

  23. I'm loving your quilt! What fun! Would love to learn your potholder method sometime :)

  24. Your quilt gets lovelier with each border. The chrome yellow star centers really pop. The backing is as fun as the top!

  25. I love your red and yellow stars in what looks like a light blue border (but which I just noticed is white with blue dots). What a great way to incorporate a little color without having it be too strong. You are very creative/inventive to think of using the yo-yos to cover those corners.

    Do you already know how you're going to interpret "something fishy" for this next border? For me, the funny thing about the choice is that my star border is based partially on memories of hunting for night crawlers after a heavy rain so we could take the boat out to go fishing. I learned at a young age how to clean fish, eventually learning how to fillet them, too. So "something fishy" seems to fit right in with my star border. But I'm going to have to get it lots of thought before deciding. Someone suggested I could do starfish...

    --Nancy. (ndmessier @,

    P.S. I think the back looks wonderful. Impressive that you already have a finished quilt.

  26. I love your liberated stars - they look wonderful! It took me a bit to see what you meant about your bindings. Great solution!
    Fishy, huh? I think I already have a couple of ideas.

  27. You are so very creative with your borders. Your quilt has a very cohesive look to the different rounds. I am anxious to see what you do with your fish theme.

  28. Your idea for fishy will be a challenge, but I've got a couple of ideas. It suits my friend Ethel's theme beautifully.

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