I do have some things I want to finish this year, but I am keeping the list short. One of those projects is my Gwennie Inspired Medallion from the QAL. I don't think I have posted anything about it for a long time. I stalled. I consider myself a "traditional" quilter and my foray into Liberated quilting has been limited to some wonky stars and string piecing.
This is the last photo I shared of my progress. This was the Log Cabin round.
The next round's theme was Stars. My first idea was a border of yellow strings. The thought being, the Sun is a star, stars are yellow, so rays from the Sun. I didn't like it.
This was my second attempt of the Star border. This has been hanging on my design wall for months. The longer it hung there the more I
hated disliked it! For one thing, the overall the top was just getting TO BIG! I never meant to make a large quilt out of this project. I didn't like the colors.
So I did some un-sewing and took it back to this point. I also poured over Gwen Marston's books and photos of liberated quilts online. Looking for things that stood out to me, things I liked about them. I realized that there needed to be connectivity to the rounds, either design elements or color.
One idea, continuing the neutral string element. (And too many others to show photos of.)
I finally went with this, colorful Liberated Log Cabin blocks and then kept the idea of yellow strings for rays of the Sun for the star round. The brown to connect the basket.
Next round's theme was Something Fishy. I had a ton of ideas, pinwheels to represent a fish wheel, wonky Bear Paw blocks for bears catching fish in the river, string pieced diamond shapes for fish and etc. But that meant making the top even larger and I really didn't want to do that. So I made blue circles. Blue for water, circles for bubbles in the water. I don't know, it worked for me. LOL
|The finish top is 36" x 37". Now to decide how to quilt it!|
This project has been really a different experience for me. I normally follow a pattern fairly close, making a few changes, but this is the first time I have "started from scratch" so to speak. I plan on making another one and try to improve my liberated quilting skills. Many thanks to Lori, Wendy, Cynthia, Katy and Cathy for hosting this QAL!!
Thanks so much for sticking with me through my ramblings! Happy Quilting, Rebecca