Ta-da! Gwennie (Gwen Marston) Inspired Medallion Quilt finished at last! We were challenged to interpret the following themes:
Basket (center) chosen by Lori at Humble Quilts
Childhood chosen by... me
Log Cabin as chosen by Cathy at Big Lake Quilter
Stars as chosen by Katy at KatyQuilts
"Something fishy" as chosen by Wendy at The Constant Quilter
I do think if I had to do it all over again, I would have made my "something fishy" border much narrower, and added a very dark or very bright outer border. And if not for this challenge, I would have stopped after the narrow log cabin border after the sashiko and called it all good as a wall hanging!
All that said, I am SO THRILLED with the custom machine quilting by Hannah's Longarm Quilting in NH. I looked at this quilt as a collaboration and so asked Hannah to quilt it however she wanted to quilt it and WOW... the results are fabulous! Way beyond anything I would have thought to do or have the skill to do!
In so many places, the quilting echoed elements of the piecing/applique/sashiko. I found it quite touching!
And then the borders!! Whoa!!!!
For the backing, I used what I happened to have on hand from my quickly dwindling stash of Japanese fabrics:
Thank you again Lori (Humble Quilts) for organizing us for this fun challenge!