Thursday, June 9, 2016
A Basket of Flowers
This basket of flowers is the center for a Gwennie Inspired Medallion quilt. Lori of Humble Quilts and several other bloggers are hosting a sew-along and invite anyone who wants to participate to join. I'm running a little late with the quilt-along. I've had some other commitments that had a higher priority and now that most of them are finished, I've been able to devote some time to stitching the appliques for this quilt.
I deliberated whether to link this with the Gwennie sew-along. It probably doesn't look like anything Gwen Marston ever made or even might make. And yet upcoming borders will, I hope, show a little more of her influence (now that I've finally been able to get some of her recent books to see what she's up to these days).
This experience is far outside my comfort zone for several reasons: not having a clue about the end from the beginning; making such a large applique center and hand appliqueing it; keeping four borders flat(!); trying to copy Gwen Marston's style.... All of it is a challenge, but I know I'll learn something (many things, perhaps) by doing it.
The background behind this basket of flowers measures 21" x 25". The largest flower is about 6" across, the smallest about 4 1/2". I cut the basket, flowers, and leaves from paper then cut them out of fabric (changing as I went along) and hand appliqued them. It's amazing what a good moistening and pressing will do to smooth out a block that's been handled so much!
As you can probably tell the flowers are awaiting their centers. I'm undecided about color, fabric, and size--but am narrowing it down. The next time you see this basket the flowers will have their centers. And I think it may need one more leaf.
There will be four borders on this quilt. Each border theme will be chosen by one of four other quilters. The first theme, suggested by Cynthia of wabi-sabi quilts, is "Childhood." Hmmm. I was expecting "triangles" or "log cabins," but I'm good with childhood. It allows for lots of options. I already have a list of a dozen or so possibilities.
Thanks to Lori for hosting this sew-along. I'm headed to the link-up at her blog now to see other participants' baskets. Won't you join me?