Friday, September 2, 2016

Liberated QAL - A Day Late

But I figured I could check in anyway. :- )

After touring some of the blogs of other participants I finally got inspired to work on my own liberated medallion quilt project. The prompt for July was "log cabins." I chose to build up my medallion Courthouse Steps style. At first I only added one strip to each side of the medallion...

But then in the beginning of August I decided it needed a bit more before I added anything in response to the "stars" prompt.

And then my body got the upper hand and nothing more happened until the very end of August. At that point I decided one more set of "steps" was in order:

As Gayle said, there are so many options when it comes to star blocks! I think all the possibilities overwhelmed me in my weakened state. I don't have any star prints that would work with this color palette. Sort of shot myself in the foot in that respect. I liked her solution: make stars every which way and see what works in the end. So I've fussy cut a few images and some scraps to make this:

Sorry it's a little blurry. Better pictures later!

I have two 4.5" liberated or maverick stars and one 6" sawtooth star so far. The larger owl and raven blocks may or may not become stars. I'm not sure I want that upper border to get that big. At least one of the little maverick stars will go down the side, and I plan to make more of those to fill up the side borders at least part way.

We've received the prompt to do "something fishy" for the final round of our liberated medallions. Didn't see that one coming! I have an idea percolating; we'll see whether it comes into being or not. I suspect that will be confined to the bottom border. This is shaping up to be a good size for a couch or nap quilt which is just what I wanted.

To see what the others have done with their liberated medallions go check out the link party at Humble Quilts.


  1. I really love the fabrics you've chosen for this quilt! What great scope for fussy cutting!
    I was really surprised by how overwhelming the 'stars' prompt was. At first glance it seemed easy, then reality set in and there were too many possibilities!

  2. Yes you have great "fussy cutting" potential with this quilt! Your stars are looking good.

  3. It's so fun to see how everyone interprets this SAL. Whether in the use of color, or fabric types, or design. I like how your quilt is coming together and look forward to seeing what you come up with the "fish" theme. Very nice.

  4. It's really hard to work when one's "body gets the upper hand." When in pain or very tired or there's some other ailment that requires definite focus to get past it, it's hard to think about or concentrate on anything else. I hope you're feeling better.

    Hey, I understand that "shot myself in the foot" problem with color. I feel like I did the same thing with so few colors in my center and one color in my first border. Who knows how I'll recover from that in this last border. I'm thinking, I'm thinking....

    I really like your Gwenny/maverick stars at the top and I can imagine crows sitting comfortably amongst them, just as you have them.

    This quilt along is such an interesting challenge, and it's also so fun to see what happens in each border of our own and of the other quilters' quilts.

    --Nancy. (ndmessier @,

  5. Love your interpretation of the themes. Hugs

  6. What was with the stars being so hard? I struggled too, and I love liberated stars. Maybe it IS too many possibilities.

    I like your idea of the fussy cuts inside the stars. That echoes the center's fussy cuts in the log cabins. I like what you've got going so far. And fun fabrics!

    "Fishy" could be interesting. I have an idea too. I hope both of our ideas pan out without being too challenging! Good luck!

  7. I think you've got the right idea! As the creatures of the air above, so the creatures of the deep below! I loved this quilt from the get go, and everything you add just makes it even better.

  8. I like them all, and I like them just where you have them placed. That's great! Fish on the bottom?

  9. Very pretty. The fabrics are so nice. Your quilt is looking amazing.

  10. What fun! There is no time limit so you are doing great!!

  11. Great Halloween themed fabrics. Have fun finishing your stars. Fishy is going to be challenging for me.


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