Welcome to my quilting blog! My combined love of sewing and a degree in art brought me to quilting 25+ years ago. I love all the various styles quilting encompasses - art quilts, traditional, woolwork, etc. I have designed my own art quilts and patterns and also love traditional designs (especially needle-turn applique!) So come along on my journey and let's see what quilts we can create.
Monday, October 3, 2016
Gwennie Inspired Medallion QAL - 5th and Final Round: Something Fishy
This is the final round of the Gwennie Inspired Medallion Quilt Along.
First let me say just how much fun this has been!! I am so glad I decided to jump in.. despite my resistance to joining any monthly groups this year, and that I was able to stick with it!!
Wendy at the Constant Quilter (see her blog here) chose the final border: "Something Fishy".
Don't get me wrong.. I love fish themes. In fact a lot of my original designed quilts and patterns are underwater themed.
Here is a sampling of some of my fish quilts. My header of my blog is a underwater quilt I did for someone years ago. So this theme is not foreign to me. You'd think this would be perfect....
But I looked at my GIM quilt.. with its modern/vintage feel...and I just couldn't see "Something Fishy". As with the other themes, we can interpret this as loosely as we wanted. :-)
Soon I had a plan....
Can you guess?
A spiky sawtooth border I am calling a Shark Tooth Border! Of course!
These are fun to make, as with most things Liberated! Just put one rectangle askew on top of another background rectangle (I decided to go with the gray and pink dot again) and stitch.
Press the print to one side, flip and trim around your background fabric.
You can then go back and trim that extra background fabric to your seam allowance to reduce the bulk.
I made about 120 'teeth', all different heights and widths, which went pretty quickly. Soon I had borders ready to pin to my quilt.
And the first border was being stitched in place. Unlike a traditional pieced border, when you reached the end, you can just lop off the rest! So liberating!
Here is my finished quilt. It is almost too large for my design wall. It measures 55" x 55". I started out with no idea of what I wanted my final quilt to look like and I love how this turned out. AND it has been so much FUN!!! Thanks Lori for getting us started and sponsoring, and Katy, Cathy, Cynthia, and Wendy - for your themes each month! I would have never had made a quilt like this on my own without the inspiration from Gwen Marston and this wonderful team of quilters.
Check out all the other Gwen Inspired Medallion quilts at the linky party at Humble Quilts. Thanks, again Lori!