Monday, August 1, 2016

Gwennie Inspired Medallion - LOG CABIN border linkup

Cathy chose our theme this month - LOG CABIN - and I knew immediately that I wanted to do something with "sunshine and shadow".  The older I get and the more I see, the more I know that life is sunshine and shadow.

I made up some casual log cabin blocks (I hate the word "wonky";) with cool/dark blues greens and purples, and hot/bright reds, pinks, orange.  Wow, that indigo is deep, just cavernous.


Trying them out around the border.... not really what I was going for.   The dark indigo is so precious that I didn't want to waste much.


So I slept on it (well, not literally, he he) and when I woke up the next morning, I knew what to do.


I cut up the little log cabins into 1 1/2" strips, and sewed them together into long strips:


Added a tiny orange border to float the deconstructed log cabins:


And voila - perhaps the narrowest border in medallion history, but it works and represents the "sunshine and shadow" that comes to all of us.


Thanks, Cathy, for the great theme!


How about you?  Do you have your LOG CABIN border to share?  Link up here at Humble Quilts.



Our NEXT theme - STARS - was chosen by Katy - She says:

"So the challenge for this next round, is to create a border with the star theme. You could make your entire medallion into a star center or add stars in your borders. Heck, you could use star fabric! We will be linking up the results of this round here on September 1st."

She has lots of cool star inspiration on her blogpost here.


22 comments:

  1. Perfect border for your quilt. I love it. Can't wait to see what everyone does with the star theme. Hugs

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  2. I love this--great bright and dark, and good minimal use of that precious indigo.

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  3. The night is good for fun ideas and yours are great and fun ! Lovely border Cynthia !
    And the colors are beautiful !

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  4. Love your border... very casual! LOL The colors are great. It looks perfect with the rest of your quilt.

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  5. Interesting log cabin themed border. Works well with your central medallion and second round. The colors remind me of fall.

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  6. Ah clever idea Cynthia! Love the result.

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  7. That idea is purely inspired! (And inspiring!) Love it!

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  8. Perfect! I think it is funny how many of us "discected" the log cabin. I just love this quilt so far! It was so good to see you at the show. Hope I get some time this week to post some photos!

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  9. Brilliant!! The perfect border and an inspired way to use the log cabins in your quilt top.

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  10. Love your log cabin interpretation, still working on mine. Soon to be revealed I hope?

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  11. I love how you adapted the log cabin theme, creating a border that's perfect for your quilt. Love it!
    --Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

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    1. P.S. I'm with you: I don't like the word "wonky," either. We should start a list of all the alternative words/synonyms to use instead. I like your choice of "casual."

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  12. Interesting and beautiful version, I love.

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  13. I love it! It is so unique and not what you would expect. Liberated is better than wonky. :)

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  14. Your Gwennie style border is delightful. Your nighttime inspiration was so original. It's been amazing the different approaches everyone has taken.

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  15. I love this! That indigo is so deep it looks black from here. Yum! I think your solution for your border is brilliant! The whole cabins look like they would've overwhelmed what you have so far, and this is just a great idea. Very Gwennie too!

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  16. I am so happy to read that you dislike the word "wonky" -- I detest it because too many think it means sloppy or careless and it does NOT! Like your quilt top A LOT!

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  17. Finally seeing your log cabins (I've kept my grandson this week, and he's been sick 😪). I LOVE your cut casual log cabins. I thought that was where I was headed, but it didn't go as I planned. I love that about liberated quilt making.

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  18. I just LOVE your sunshine and shadows version!

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  19. It's definitely Gwennie. Love what you came up with.

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  20. Just getting around to looking at all the lovely gwennie quilts. I like what you did with your border!

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