Friday, July 1, 2016

Gwennie Round 2 and Round 3 Theme

Isn't this fun.  I am so enjoying this Gwennie Inspired Medallion Round Robin.

The theme for the second round was "Childhood" memories.  My memory comes from a cross country camping trip my parents took us when I was 13.  We had 6 weeks of vacation...a wonderful vacation filled with so many memories but one still stands out after 53 years.  We left our home in Michigan and traveled to California via the southern route and returned home via the northern route.  Our trusty old stationwagon pulled our trailer...with some bumps along the way.  The car wasn't as fond of the trip as it was to us

We made it to Yosemite National Park.  On the Fourth of July we took a drive up into the mountains.  The car decided to over heat.  Luckily there was still snow up there.  We packed the engine in snow and then had the best snow ball fight of our lives.  Us 4 kids and mom and dad in shorts throwing snowballs at each other.  That memory was the inspiration for my 2nd round.




As before I started with a drawing to decide what size my snow balls should be.




And here it is.  It looks a little wobbly because of my design wall.  I am so happy with the was it looks.




Here is my second more modern looking Medallion quilt.  So different from the first but I'm happy with it too.

I will be linking up with Cynthia at wabisabiquilts.blogspot.com.


Now for the Round 3 theme.  



Log cabin.  Be inspired by all the different Log Cabin blocks.  From the above picture traditional block to Courthouse Steps, Spiral Log Cabin, Quarter Log Cabin, etc.  Or be inspired by the names of Log Cabin Settings, Streak of Lightning, Barn Raising....etc.

Have fun with it.  Make it as simple or as involved as you like.  We look forward to seeing how the Log Cabin block inspires you.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

35 comments:

Béa said...

I love the first block more, very beautiful and the new theme too XXX

CecileD said...

The snow balls is a very fun memory for you and inspired you for this beautiful border ! I can't choose between both because I love them all !
Thank you for the third theme ! Log cabin is sooo fun ! ;)

Barb said...

what a great theme - snowballs are synonymous with childhood. Well done!
great theme for the next round. the LC is such a great block.

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

Your folks gave you a huge gift of time and experience with that long vacation! What a great idea - the snowballs. Both versions are sweet as can be. Thanks for the next theme - so much versatility in the log cabin block and variations.

Karen said...

Interesting reading about your childhood memory and it translates well into the snowball border for your second round. Creative thought process.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Amazing how different they are. Love them both. And, I really like the story behind the snowballs!

Juliann in WA said...

Fun! Liberated log cabins!

katyquilts.net said...

I love your snowball borders! And such a great story behind them. :) I love the next theme.

Needled Mom said...

That makes a great round on the piece.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Our family did a lot of snowball tossing, too (grew up in Michigan). Great idea to use that thought for your second round - and how interesting to see two very different versions in your two quilt projects. Happy about the log cabin theme for round 3!

Quilteuse Forever said...

What a nifty idea! Snowballs are perfect in both of your medaillions.
And who would dislike a log cabin theme? Thank You!

Magpie Sue said...

I had a very similar childhood experience with my family in the Rockies! I think your more traditional medallion is charming, and I love the color of the modern version!

I'm going to have a special challenge with round 3 as I've already used log cabins in round 2!

Lori said...

Fun memory and a great interpretation!!

Janet O. said...

That is a perfect story and border for round 2. Looks really good!

Véronique Prat said...

Love your snowball , especially during summer holidays ;-)
Nice medallion !
Véronique

Rebecca in AK said...

Such a fun memory! You have done a wonderful job on both of your medallions! I have been thinking of f starting a second but have had trouble deciding on my basket. Thanks for the next theme! Now off see to see what everyone else has done!

Robin said...

Hearing the stories behind the border choice is as fun as seeing the progressing quilt. Nice job!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Love your story and border!

Sandi said...

I love that you sketched out your border idea on graph paper. I did that also for each of mine but changed ideas for one.

I've put each quilt on its own page and will continue to plan the borders this way. Of course some minor design adaptations occurred along the way.

Love your story of the family trip reminds me of driving from Vancouver B.C. to family in the Sacramento area and then along Route 66 to mu aunt's home in Chicago and then across the Dakotas and home again. Only on our trip when we passed through Tucumcari New Mexico they had more rain in half an hour than they typically get in a year! We saw people soaked to the skin and ladies carrying their set sandals and walking barefoot.

Seems like we have similar tendencies. Now to figure out the log cabin round.

Sharon said...

I love your snowball story! I threw a lot of snowballs too, growing up in Michigan. And I really like how your story translated to your quilt tops!

Thanks for the Log Cabin theme for next round! I love LCs.

Nancy said...

You have two fun borders there. It was fun to read the memory that prompted them. It's so interesting to me that your baskets are so different and yet to me both look "Gwenny." I'm in awe of you and the others who are making two quilts! More power to you!
--Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

Nancy said...

P.S. I love that you chose log cabins. I'm already brainstorming.

gayle said...

I love your snowballs - both the story and the quilts!
And log cabins! What fun!

Kyle said...

I enjoyed hearing your snowball story and it worked well as a second border in both quilts.

Me and My Stitches said...

What a fun memory with your family. I love how your little quilt is coming along - fun to watch you build it!

Martha said...

What a clever idea to use snowball blocks, and I love your inspiration story. As I read all the stories from the other quilters, I'm touched by the common experiences we all had growing up.

Cathy said...

Both are fun borders. Weird how the same idea can look so different.

I still throw snowballs at the grandkids!

And I remember tent camping in the mountains of Colorado as a kid and it was soooo cold we had to put on all of the clothes in our suitcases and then find rocks to heat up around the campfire to put in our sleeping bags to keep warm.

Crazypatch said...

Lovely border....

Tanya said...

i loved your story of the snowball fight with mom and dad. Great fun. so neat to see all of the interpretations.

Angie in SoCal said...

Great memories. Like them both.

m. said...

Love your story and the snowballs border!! My childhood vacation memories revolve around the beach, especially Jekyll Island, Georgia. I finally used a treasured fabric I've held onto for years--pink, with scattered figures of 3 girls and a boy, representing both my childhood and my four children--for the first border. Now onto playing with log cabins! What fun!

Allie-oops Designs said...

What a great memory, and great way to commemorate it! Love it so much!

Debra @ Life is a Stitch said...

I love both of your interpretations! Great memories!

Danice said...

What a nice childhood memory. Both quilts are beautiful. The log cabin block round will be fun. It's a favorite block. Getting busy on mine very soon.

Angie in SoCal said...

Cathy, love the story of your round 2 - just right. I look forward to seeing all the log cabin inspirations.Thanks for sharing.