Saturday ~ Gwennie Inspired Medallion QAL

Have you started on your basket for our little QAL? I hope so! I confess, I didn’t work on it much this week. With graduation, moving my daughter, and work, not a lot got done. But I have been thinking about it! I love basket quilts, but since I try to avoid the A word (applique), I felt a little stumped. I didn’t want an empty basket for the middle of my medallion. Then I decided to put a print there. I made this block:

Hmmm….doesn’t look very Gwen. At all.

Okay, I might get brave. I grabbed some freezer paper and cut a basket-ish shape.

Then I dumped out my little box of leftover A shapes from previous attempts.

No need to reinvent the wheel, right? Time to play a bit.

I’ll need to prepare some more shapes. I chose that print for the basket because I thought it was reminiscent of a woven basket.

Tulip shapes are too small!

Better. Still not sure about this. Anyway, I thought I would show you how I made my stems. I remembered from one of Gwen’s books that she doesn’t necessarily cut her stems on the true bias and it works. So I cut some angled 1 inch pieces.

I folded one side a little over halfway up and pressed.

Then I folded the other side down and pressed. Then I gave it a shot of this and re-pressed from the top side, curving the piece as I went.

Not a bad curve!

I’m hoping to finish prepping this for some slow stitching tomorrow.  This QAL is pushing  me in ways I had not planned!

Happy Saturday!


About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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6 Responses to Saturday ~ Gwennie Inspired Medallion QAL

  1. dezertsuz says:

    I like your design. I think the basket fabric is great. As I was looking at your traditional basket (which I also like) my mind was playing around with starting there and making flower stems that went out into plain corners sewn with the basket on point in the middle. I don’t know if it would work, but I’m tempted. =)

  2. Cécile says:

    This will be a beautiful basket Katy !
    No doubt about it 🙂

  3. Sandra B says:

    Love how your applique basket is evolving!
    I, too, love basket quilts….and I actually like doing appliqué…you know, I had not planned to join this medallion QAL, but after seeing your post today, I think I may just have to do one of my own!! I actually already have a couple of ideas floating around in my head…so I guess I may need to get to it!!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. susanna0841 says:

    I love what you have done Katy and you are reminding me I’d better get myself organised. 😊

  5. Kathleen says:

    It looks like you’re having fun . . . even if you are doing the A word 🙂

  6. Janet O. says:

    I love that you are using those leftover bits. I think Gwen would be proud. : )
    And I do think that was a great fabric choice for the basket.

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