Monday, June 6, 2016

Gwennie Inspired Medallion Group - round 1 reveal

Time to reveal our medallion centers for the Gwennie Inspired Medallion Quilt Group... and time to link up here at Lori's blog Humble Quilts.  If you don't have a blog, email me a photo of your center and I will add it to this post.  Thanks Lori for the cool BASKET theme!

I started with a sweet little 6 inch pieced basket and built it out from there, with some trial and error:



If you are on Instagram, share your basket center!  #GMmedallionQAL




That is a deep deep indigo that David brought me from Blue and White in Japan.  Some old Roberta Horton plaids, as well as a funky print that reminds me of my 70's childhood... which brings me to our next theme...

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CHILDHOOD. 

I know - do not panic.  ;).

This is meant to be a very open theme to be interpreted however you like - it is your quilt!

Your childhood; your folks' childhoods; the children in your life now or back when; children of the world;

For example....
  • Someone might piece improv triangles in "apple" colors to remind her of learning to make apple pie with Grandma...  
  • Someone might piece a simple checkerboard reminiscent of playing board games.... 
  • Childhood summers at the beach? How about a riff off of Ocean Waves. Or appliqued whales.
  • Anything that reminds you, in any way, of any aspect of childhood!  

We will reveal our borders in a linkup here or at Lori's the first Monday in July.  Actually that turns out to be July 4th - so let's say Friday July 1st.

I hope everyone has fun interpreting this theme!  I can't wait to see what we all do!

To recap for those of you just now joining us:  We are making Gwen Marston inspired medallion quilts.  Any size, totally your creation.  Click here for an introduction.


Lori at Humble Quilts  (center - May) - BASKETS
Yours truly (first border - June) - CHILDHOOD 
Cathy at Big Lake Quilter (second border - July)
Katy at KatyQuilts (third border - August)
Wendy at The Constant Quilter (final border- September)



xo
Cynthia


26 comments:

  1. Beautiful center block, I love your colours, but panic with the first border theme...

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  3. Is your first border the outer one with the blues, plaid, and the funky '70s print? Or, is it the border around the basket square, or both? I am new to this type of QAL, but am enjoying it a lot. Thank you :)

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    1. Danice - the whole thing - what you see here - is my center - if that makes sense. Glad you are enjoying it! There will be lots of examples linked up at Lori's blog!

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  4. Your block is sooo lovely !
    Childhood....okay I don't panic...just a little bit !! ah ! ah !
    Let's our inspiration work for us !

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  5. Sensational! I love that you have the wonderful Japanese fabric in there and who doesn't love Roberta Horton fabrics? Thanks for choosing such a fun theme for the next go round.

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  6. I love your basket. now for the next round... Hugs

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  7. I love the wonderful graphics of your block! Such great contrast!

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  8. I love your border theme, in fact both ideas were boucncing around in my head of triangles and checkerboards so I'm a happy camper!

    How appropriate that you decided on July 1st, Canada Day for our next deadline as I'm Canadian! With strong American ties in family.

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  9. After seeing all the freeform applique flowers and baskets so far in the link party I'm a bit relieved to see I'm not the only one who pieced her basket! The theme for the next round was a total surprise. That's going to require some thought - thanks!

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  10. I like the color scheme you have chosen for the medallion.

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  11. Great block, Cynthia, and I love the theme for the next round. The creativity is flying around this quilt along!

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  12. Ah, yes...the funky 70s! Thanks for the memories. Orange and all it's variants was everywhere.

    That orange and indigo makes a striking color combo.

    Childhood...hmmm...we'll need our thinking caps for that one especially if we are in our second one right now!

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  13. Great basket block! I love your fabric choices!

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  14. What a great block to start your improv journey. It's been fun looking at everyones interpretation.

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  15. The 'funky' print is very striking but your Amish style basket stands out beautifully. It's looking great!

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  16. Dramatic and fun - you have so many way you can now go with your first border.

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  17. Love your pieced block and the way you incorporated such interesting fabrics -- it really is a standout.

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  18. Looks fabulous! Love the funky fabrics!

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  19. Wonderful basket block! Love the plaids and the indigo. I think I might still have a piece of that RH plaid!

    The theme for the next border was kind of a shock, but I already have an idea for it, I think.

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  20. I like the simplicity of your basket and with the inner print-fabric border, then the black corners to set it straight plus the combination border around the outer edge. It's very striking.
    --Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

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  21. Your basket makes me smile, there is everything I like: spontaneous piecing, traditional block, lovely Japanese fabrics...
    Cécile D. convinced me, I am in!

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  22. Hi Cynthia this looks like a fun group and a good challenge would love to join in but not going to do any more till I finish my quilty365Circles LOL. Yesterday I spent a couple of hours travelling back in time going back through your time in Japan how lovely it was to visit m any many places And streets I have walked down. Loved the Bue and white shop and have also been visiting her online blog. Thanks for a wonderful armchair trip LOL. Oh by the way I really like your

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  23. Sorry Cynthia my iPad decided I'd written enough and sent my message, I really like how you made up your wee block, lovely lady very indigo fabric, I'm making a wee wall quilt right now using Kasuri fabrics I just love them . Cheers Glenda . PS do you have FB?

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  24. I love your center. It's going to be fun seeing what you do next.

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  25. Wonderful!! For some reason I have not been getting your posts...so I signed up twice...ha!! Hate to miss any goodies like this post

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