Gwennie Inspired Medallion QAL Finale!

Today is the big day! Time for all of us to link up and reveal our final round for the Gwennie Inspired Medallion Quilt Along! If you recall, Wendy from The Constant Quilter had the honor of choosing the theme for the final round. And being from Maine, she chose FISH! Fish? Yes, fish!

I scratched my head for a long time over this one! I tried to figure out how I could use these pumpkin seed blocks that I made a few years ago.

Nothing very fishy about that! So I decided to try diamonds….

Maybe both together? Nope.

Okay, now I’ve got it! Do you see my fish?

Does this help? LOL


Okay, that is the best I could do. So here is where things stood after the final round:


Yeah, I know, You really have to use your imagination here! But I will NEVER forget what it represents! Thanks Wendy for making me think outside the box!

It didn’t feel done to me at this point. So I added another round of scrappy borders.

I still had that pile of pumpkin seed blocks so I added those too!

Eventually, I will add one narrow solid border and one wider one to bring this up to about 96 inches square. I’m really pleased with how this has turned out. I never would have made  this without the prompting and motivation provided by this QAL.

Please visit the other bloggers who were part of the team organized by Lori at Humble Quilts.

Wendy –

Thanks to my fellow partners in crime, this quilt along has been a blast! And thanks to all of you that played along.

Also please add your project, finished or not to the link up on Lori’s page.

Have a great day!

Also linking up with Cooking Up QuiltsEm’s ScrapbagLove Laugh Quilt



About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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38 Responses to Gwennie Inspired Medallion QAL Finale!

  1. Sharon says:

    Your quilt is so wonderful. I think your final borders really add a lot to your quilt. Thanks for the “reminder” to keep going until the quilt is truly done. Mine is still in process, but I hope to finish it soon.

  2. Danice says:

    So beautiful. What a fabulous quilt 🙂

  3. Bonnie in Va says:

    Boy, your quilt has evolved to a spectacular finish. I’m looking forward to seeing the last two borders after they are added. I admire your desire to make it feel “finished” to you. I might have stopped at the piano key border….

  4. Barb Vedder says:

    Your final borders pull your whole piece together wonderfully~

  5. I’m impressed you managed to get yours to a bed size–very pretty finish and complements the center perfectly!

  6. Martha says:

    Haha! Love your drawing!
    You met the fishy challenge, and you managed to incorporate all those other beautiful blocks into a perfectly composed quilt — Great job!

  7. Zenia Rene says:

    You are so very creative and resourceful! Another fabulous finish!

  8. LoriD says:

    Yes, I see the fish! Nicely done incorporating the theme!! Love the additional borders too!!

  9. Béatrice says:

    Very beautiful finish, I love all your borders !

  10. Linda Dutch says:

    A wonderful finish! As I read this post, I loved each additional border, very Gwennie!

  11. Nancy says:

    I think your fish are brilliant. I wish I’d thought of them! And I like your two extra borders. Good for you to get them both done before the final link-up. (I barely finished my fish border and now find that I need one more border to finish the quilt.)

  12. Vivian says:

    Very Gwennie, very cool, great finish! Hey, how about stitching that fish body and face that you sketched as part of the quilting? You all had so much fun with these and we all enjoyed following your progress!

  13. Kathi Riemer says:

    What a beautiful quilt and border.

  14. Gorgeous… I love your quilt!

  15. Absolutely beautiful!!!!!! You have really designed a one of a kind quilt with wonderful borders.
    I wish I would have discovered this QAL when they started. I have the book now….. Great work in designing.

  16. Sandra B says:

    Love your quilt, Katy! Your “fish” are great!! And I love that final piano key border…really finishes off everything nicely!!
    I am near the finish line with mine…..that “fishy” category threw me off at first, so I was running behind, time-wise, before I got started….
    I need to get busy! And again, I love your finish!!

  17. magpiesue says:

    What a lovely quilt this will be. That piano key border could be considered fish sticks if you follow Gayle’s nomenclature. ;- )

  18. Monica says:

    96″!! I had no idea, it’s so hard to judge scale online. It’s really lovely, and it’s going to be gorgeous on the bed. Great job, and thanks so much for this great quilt along!

  19. anudge says:

    Oh, my! It is beautiful. Love how you solved the fishy conundrum. Very clever.

  20. lois92346 says:

    It’s totally fabulous, Katy!

  21. Wow! Your quilt has really grown in size! I have to measure my three, I think they at pre in the 42-48″ range, not quite sqare.

    I like how you decided to add all those other border ideas. Have fun with the quilting!

  22. Danice says:

    Oh it is so creative and pretty. I do love this quilt so much.

  23. Chantal L. says:

    Awesome! The piano keys border really makes a difference. Just GORGEOUS! ;^)

  24. piecefulwendy says:

    I got your fishy border, even before your diagram! It’s really fun to see how your quilt has come together. It’s really pretty. I can’t wait to see how you quilt it!

  25. Sharon A Browne says:

    Love your “fishy” border. It really adds movement to the quilt. I also love your scrappy colors. It’s amazing how different each of the quilts look. I think your really came out great.

  26. gayle says:

    I’m having the best time this morning, seeing all the different solutions to ‘fishy’!
    I love your quilt – all your borders are perfect!

  27. Katy – your “fish” are perfect for the quilt and your additional borders finish things off so beautifully. I agree- it was so much fun working with these themes!!

  28. Libby in TN says:

    I wouldn’t have know what to do with the fish theme, either. Love your solution and the whole quilt, as well.

  29. Cathy says:

    Wow. Katy I LOVE your quilt. Your borders are fantastic. Hugs

  30. Judy in MO says:

    Great medallion quilt and a very creative use of scraps.

  31. quiltdivajulie says:

    Oh, yes!! Congratulations for going with your additional borders to really finish out your quilt top. It is beautiful!!

  32. karenlogcabinquilter says:

    Ceative ending to your medallion quilt. I ike the scrappy look. Well done.

  33. Pat K says:

    I love your quilt! I saw the “fish” right away when put them on. I do agree that you needed to add the extra rounds. This quit really gets your attention and holds it with so many things to see.

  34. Wow! You hit the fish on the head with this one! I think it is funny how close our “log cabin” and “stars” borders are so similar. I love your “fishy” solution! And, those last two go rounds really tie it all in together. Woohoo! Good job! Thanks for nudging us all to keep going! Love it!

  35. Debra says:

    Love your finish! You really went above and beyond to produce a beautiful quilt! And yes, I definitely can see the fish – great interpretation. I scratched my head a bit too! LOL

  36. Cécile says:

    Oh yes I see your fishes and this last border is terrific Katy !
    Congratulations for this finish….I love the colors and I love your quilt ! 😉

  37. Great quilt, love all those borders.

  38. Kate says:

    Your “fishy” border is perfect! It’s funny how a quilt can tell you when it’s done. All your borders work together really well. Beautifully done!

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