Gwennie Inspired Medallion QAL ~ Center Reveal!

Humble Quilts

Today is the big day! All of those participating in the GIMQAL will be sharing their center blocks today on the link up with Lori over at Humble Quilts. Lori set the theme for the center block and the theme she chose was  baskets. You could interpret this any way you wanted; it should just be inspired by Gwen Marston’s work. I reached WAY out of my comfort zone and decided to do hand applique. Here is my block.

This currently measures about 24 wide and 22 inches tall. I will trim this, but I am waiting until I find out what the next theme is before I do. Then I hope to have enough extra around the edges to trim to a convenient size.

And yes, I know my basket does not have handles. I got so focused on putting something IN my basket that I totally forgot to add a handle. Now it is not getting one.

To be honest, this was my second attempt. You may recall that I pieced a block to use.IMG_6213

But this didn’t look very Gwen-like. So I am not sure what I will do with this, if anything.

I can’t wait to go see what everyone else made (click here)!It isn’t too late to join us. Whip up a basket block and you will be right on target. We have a month to finish the next round. All the details can be found here.

Speaking of the next round, the theme will be…..CHILDHOOD! For a more complete explanation, hop on over to Cynthia’s blog,   Wabi Sabi Quilts, and read about it.

Have a great day!

Also linking up with Cooking Up QuiltsLove Laugh QuiltEm’s Scrapbag

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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26 Responses to Gwennie Inspired Medallion QAL ~ Center Reveal!

  1. Béatrice says:

    Love both of your blocks 🙂

  2. I love both of them – your sweet applique is so airy. I do think the pieced basket fit in with the Gwen Marston esthetic! Maybe because my basket is this very pattern! ;).

  3. It is simply beautiful! Mine doesn’t have handles either and I just love this one! I like the pieced one too. Hmmm, maybe a second one? No pressure!

  4. Cathy says:

    Katy I love your center block. It is beautiful. Hugs

  5. LoriD says:

    Nothing wrong with a basket with no handle! Great start katy!!

  6. I have my block reveal ready to post tomorrow — your handle-less basket is perfect!

  7. Pam Marbourg says:

    The really great thing about the second basket is the bird fabric inside the handle. That is a real creative stroke. Keep that part if your change the rest. I like your “primitive” basket block too-it is adorable!

  8. Love that applique block! It’s my fav. Have fun on the next round!

  9. Cécile says:

    Mine has no handles either ! I love your first basket Katy but I do love the second one !!
    Great start ! 😉

  10. Katy, your basket is great, love your other design, glad to see I’m not the only multiple basket person!

  11. Magpie Sue says:

    It seems several of us have made more than one basket in response to this QAL! You could certainly build a more traditional medallion quilt around the pieced basket but use the applique version specifically for this challenge.

  12. karenlogcabinquilter says:

    Your applique basket block will work well. Simple in style and very prim looking which is something I like very much. I also started with a different block design on mine but ended up switching part way through. I do like your pieced basket with the bird fabric in the center. I think it would make a good start to another medallion quilt so hold onto it.

  13. Sandra B says:

    Love both of your baskets!
    I am lagging a bit…have just this morning decided what my basket block will look like….so I’d better get busy! I was torn between pieced and appliqué, so I decided my basket block will have some piecing and some appliqué! And now, there is the next round to be done….but I quickly made that decision….so, now, I just need to get caught up!!

  14. Monica says:

    I understand why you like the second one better, but the first one is not a loss either. Cecile has a photo of a Gwen quilt with a traditional centre like that, and modern borders. Two options! and on to Month 2!

  15. gayle says:

    I love both your baskets. I’ve got two, too – and no handles on mine, either! I think I’ll end up with two quilts, since I can’t decide between piecing and applique!

  16. Cathy says:

    I certainly couldn’t tell that your appliqued version was out of your comfort zone! It’s lovely.

  17. Kate says:

    Beautifully done. I like it without the handle, but I guess most traditional baskets have handles.

  18. anudge says:

    What a lovely folk art basket. Will make a great medallion – actually both of them would.

  19. Martha says:

    Your appliquéd basket is adorable, but I hope you end up doing something with that pieced basket with the gorgeous fabric.

  20. Sharon says:

    I like both of your baskets, but the applique looks like one from Gwen’s Folk Art applique class. And no handle = more liberated!

    I’ve got two baskets too, because I can’t make up my mind. 🙂

  21. Emily Bailey says:

    Your blocks are beautiful!

  22. I love them both! Especially the appliquéd one. I really captured Gwen’s style. I am not so sure mine did. I might try again.

  23. That was suppose to say “It really captured Gwen’s style”

  24. la masure says:

    Love your work…
    Véronique

  25. Nancy says:

    I love your basket with flowers, Katy. The basket fabric is wonderful and I like that you made three different kinds of flowers. (I know how you feel about it being outside your comfort zone. Me too.0

  26. beth shibley says:

    Baskets don’t need handles. Enjoy the process. 😉

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