Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Gwennie-Inspired Liberated Medallion Quilt Along - The Start

OK, I'm a day late, but better late than never, right?

I totally spaced on Lori's Liberated Medallion Quilt Along (see it here on her blog Humble Quilts).   When I saw her post yesterday, I remember that I wanted to do this too!

Lori started out the Medallion by giving us the prompt "Basket" for our center block.  And then I saw all the wonderful baskets popping up in Blogland!

So, after I emailed Lori and got permission to play along, I went and found my basket block that is already done.

Basket #1
I had made this last year after my class with Gwen Marston on liberated baskets the previous year.  (see the post on that class here)  Well, it doesn't fit with the other basket blocks I've made for that project - it's too soon to call it a quilt yet!

my baskets as of March 2015
It's a different size and it just doesn't fit with them well.  So, I thought it would be perfect for the Quilt Along.

Basket #2
And then I found one more (in the bottom left in the picture of all the baskets)  It doesn't match very well either - all the others have a more pastel background.

So, I have choices.  I haven't decided quite where I'm going with this, and options are good. 

The print fabric is a vintage late '60's/early '70's one.

Here are my possible fabric choices to go with Basket #1.  I think I need to add in some of the gold/mustard for some spice!  Oooo, shopping!

This is gonna be fun!  I love a liberated quilt and a good QAL too!  And I just had the Medallion class with Gwen this spring to get me started thinking medallions!

The next border's prompt is "Childhood" and I already have some ideas in my head.  Now if it would just cool down enough that I can go upstairs and play in the quilt studio.

Click here to go to Lori's and see all the other baskets that others have made to get started.  I'm humbled by their creativity!

23 comments:

  1. I need to go read her blog and get going myself. I could use a project like yours. Those baskets look so much fun. Looking forward to this quiltalong evolve.

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  2. Love the turquoise yellow/orange one. This is going to be fun!

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  3. Both baskets are fun and worthy of being "the" basket. I had so much fun with the center block for my medallion -- have a good idea for the 'childhood' round 2. Happy QAL stitching!

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  4. The rick rack is a good way to make basket handles.

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  5. Cute baskets, all of them! I am so glad you are joining in!

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  6. There's no reason you couldn't start a medallion with a set of baskets instead of just one! But maybe you don't want that large a project. I love the rick rack handle on the little basket. :- )

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  7. Cute cute cute! I did a Gwen Marston basket quilt, using rick-rack for the handles too - mine is Sand Pails - but it's lacking something, I'm going to take it apart and add sashing. Someday, lol!

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  8. I love both blocks! Its nice to have a fresh Gwen class to spring board you forward on this fun project!

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  9. I love both blocks, you are very lucky to have a class with Gwen !

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  10. I love both blocks, you are very lucky to have a class with Gwen !

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  11. It's hard to choose between both ! Your blocks are cute !!

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  13. Love what you have so far. I'm stumped with childhood. Then again I haven't thought a whole lot yet.

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  14. So glad you decided to join us in our adventure. I love your block. Hugs

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  15. Funny baskets...In a good mood for all the day...
    Véronique

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  16. I love all your baskets! Lucky you getting to take a Gwen Marston class! I am thinking about doing another basket, I am not sure I quite captured Gwen's style.

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  17. Love your both your baskets. I too have done a class with Gwen, down under in New Zealand, but it wasn't a basket class. Loved it though.
    The next round is going to be a challenge!

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  18. Love your liberated baskets--super fun!

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  19. You've created some fun baskets. I wonder which you'll choose (or maybe both/all) and what your border will look like.
    --Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

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  20. Those rick rack handles are sooo cute! Love rick rack! You're off to a great start. :D

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  21. I like your basket and that rick rack handle gives it the just the right touch. Look forward to seeing where you go with this one.

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  22. LOVE the rick rack handle in white!

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  23. Both blocks are adorable. that rick rack is so cute. This is a fun QAL.

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