Monday, 3 October 2016

Something Fishy? Final reveal for Gwennie Inspired Medallion Quilt Along.

Something Fishy was chosen by Wendy for our final border.  I live along the Fraser River in New Westminster B.C. and have some gorgeous sunsets at different times of the year over the river where Salmon, Sea Lions and other fishy creatures can be found.  This picture was taken New Year's Day 2011.  Finding inspiration in colour was going to be my first goal for liberation.

This next one was taken October 29, 2011.
 I also had this Kaffe Fassett fabric for inspiration and l almost used it but decided no.
 Here is Twin A as I've decided to call the two similar but different solid inspired baskets.

My sketch of the plan.

How it came out in cloth.  This one is 44" wide by 42" high.  I may add a sunset to the top not sure.
 I drew out some sailboats to sail along the seas. I pieced my sunset borders and had some fun trying to switch it up a bit.  This first sailboat had both striped and solid sails.

Sailboat sketch.

Finished boat.

The other two sailboat sketches

The solid one.
 As was this one having a bit of a rocky ride. I didn't do the colour bands.
The light house sketch turned out this way.                                                                                               
 Watching over them was a light house, I figure all these items are used for fishing at various times.

Here is what I sketched out Twin B has some fishy visitors.  It measures 42" wide and 41" high.
I didn't do a top border of sunset but I may in the future, I'll think on it for awhile this may be another liberated move not to have four borders on these quilt tops.
And in fabric here it is. I changed some of the placements and had fun making the layers of water.
 Some Dolphins, twins of course one on the left in the seaweed.  Eyes and other details will be added when I've quilted the tops.  I'm thinking of a combination of both machine and hand quilting.

Dolphin and sea weed sketch.

 Here are the sketches with one I didn't use.

Some starfishes and a shell of my own designs.
 Twin B dolphin on the right.
 I may still add some swirls representing waves but not as sure as I changed the sketch layout.

Now for the third medallion please bear with me being liberated with this top was a bit more challenging.  I love living on the west coast and listening to the sound of waves crashing on the beaches.  Driving up and down from home to California along the coast lines is a favourite holiday of mine and also visiting Hawaii.  These next photos are from my visit to Maui in 2011.
 Love watching the waves spray up when they hit rocks along the coastline.
 Sometimes you'll see a wave of them coming in towards the shore.

So I decided that I needed an appliqued border inspired by the curling waves and shapes of fish and surf boards for my Windswept Tulip Basket.

Here is the sketch.

And the eventual placements.  It is 47 1/2" wide and 48" high.
 I used 1/4" bias for my "waves."
 I scaled up the size of the tulips from the centre along with the leaf sizes and wound then into the starry border.
 I've never designed applique borders before let alone asymmetric ones but I'm pleased with how they turned out.
 Each border is a bit different than the other, the three tulips and four leaves are mirrored imaged to each other and the bias took its own route around the stars.
I'm linking up with Lori of Humble Quilts again today. I can hardly wait to see what everyone has done for their fishy finishes. Ethel is sending me a picture to share of her top. She already is quilting it but I haven't received it yet so come back for a visit please. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions for borders this was fun!


Danice said...

Both quilts are gorgeous. What a cute lighthouse and fish. Very nice.

Karen said...

Your seaside medallion is so very creative. Good work. I am drawn to the red and green one though as I like the color combo so much.

Debra said...

Wow, I can't decide which of your three quilts I like the best. All are beautiful interpretations of the themes. Your applique on the final borders are wonderful! Love this sailboats and lighthouse - delightful. Then the dolphins and starfish - wonderful. Finally the windswept tulips are great and really make your quilt move and sway!! Just lovely - all 3.

gayle said...

All three are gorgeous, but that last one is my favorite! I admire your use of applique in these - so much work! (I chickened out of using applique after my initial basket...)
Beautiful work!

Monica said...

What a serendipitous choice that Shanty Town fabric turned out to be! The ocean views turned out perfectly on Twins A&B. Love the dolphin!

And your curling applique is really lovely too. You certainly rose to the challenge! Great job all around. :D

Angie in SoCal said...

Love both of these! What a creative lady you are.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

I hate to use the word "overachiever" but seriously three??? And three such wonderful ones at that. I love your sunset borders with all the "fishy" details (especially the lighthouse). And just when I though it couldn't get any better, that "windblown" border is superb. I don't think I could pick a favorite from these 3. They are all grand!

Magpie Sue said...

Oh my goodness! I love all three of your quilts! Of the Twins I think Twin A might be my favorite. Love the lighthouse and the sailboats (familiar to me from my childhood). The tulip medallion may be my ultimate favorite though. The windswept stems and leaves add so much movement and are so delicate looking. Just lovely. :- )

Maree said...

They are all fabulous -well done.

KaHolly said...

Simply put, you're a genius! Love every single embellishment! XO

Susan said...

Absolutely gorgeous, all of them. I love the fact that you are an artist with a pencil as well as in fabric. Each of these is different, but each is equally beautiful. I don't know which is my favorite, but I love seeing the inspiration pictures. That scrolly part in pencil that is to be waves - wouldn't that be nice as the quilting? I don't know how your fmq is, but maybe you could trace it on and sew it. No matter what you do, it will be wonderful.

Nancy said...

All three of your quilts are wonderful but I especially like the last one. The red and green pop against the grey and those vines and tulips in your final border: perfection!
--Nancy. (ndmessier @,

WoolenSails said...

I love seeing your process and your inspiration. I love the idea of doing some of my own art pieces, but I usually end up with primitive folk art, lol.


Lori said...

I loved seeing your drawings come to life in fabric. Great quilts!

Martha said...

I thought making two quilts was unbelievable, and you made three . . . That's just crazy :)
Thank you for sharing your process -- It's so interesting to see your sketches and compare them to your beautiful quilts. Love them all!

Kyle said...

Working on three quilts at the same time is definitely a challenge. But they are all unique and a creative interpretation of something fishy!

The little book of Nessie said...

Enjoyed seeing your progress on your quilts. Well done! Regards, Nessie

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Wow--such amazing borders for each quilt--love the all!

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

You live in a beautiful part of the world! All three (three!!) of your medallions are fabulous. I love seeing your sketches/process.