Woohoo! It's time for the big reveal for July's play with the Gwennie Medallion QAL! I've been looking forward to this!
Log Cabins was our theme for July - any version or even just the spirit of log cabins. (This is the best part of the QAL for me - the wide-openness of the theme each month. Pick up any part and run with it! Have fun! Gotta love it.)
I've made a bunch of log cabin quilts over the years - quilt-as-you-go log cabin quilts were my go-to wedding gift for a long time - but I'd only done the standard blocks, so this time I wanted to try something different.
Courthouse Steps was a block that had always appealed to me, but I'd never done anything with it before, so this was a perfect opportunity. I ran up a bunch of blocks and started to play.
This was looking fairly good, but I kept thinking something is missing...
I know! What this quilt needs is more orange!
Yeah... that's better...
I applied some border strips log-cabin-fashion, with darks on the right and bottom and lights on the top and left.
I like it!
A couple more strips to make things come out even - "this looks wide enough" - slice off the excess,
That works for me!
On to my second medallion - the applique basket.
When I'd first laid out the courthouse blocks, I set the second medallion on it to see if I wanted courthouse blocks for it, too.
Nope. The poor center was completely overwhelmed. I needed something different.
Since I'd tried something new with the courthouse steps blocks, I decided to continue in that vein. I'd never done quarter log cabins, either, so I made a bunch of small ones and resumed my play.
Not what I was looking for.
I tried again with a different setting.
That's better. Still not quite it, but definitely onto something.
And I ended up with this, and thought I was done.
But then I started to dither.
Is it really done? I'm happy with it, right? No?
Turns out it needed one more thing.
Now I'm happy with it.
And our next theme is STARS!! I loooooove stars, so this will be fun. And maybe hard to stop...
Though I'm starting to get a little worried about the sizes of these two quilts. I went into this thinking I'd end up with a nice wallhanging or two.
Since I'd measured these centers when I finished them, but then lost the paper I'd written the figures on, this time I'm taking no chances. Remeasured, wrote it down, and PHOTOed it, just to make sure.
Getting bigger and bigger, with two themes to go.
Yep, this is going to be fun!
Come one, come all to the fabulous Gwennie Inspired Medallion QAL linky party! Gorgeous stuff waiting!