I was inspired by an article in the March 2013 “American Quilter” magazine by Gwen Marston to try another one of her “liberated” ideas. Click on these links to see two other projects I had already completed based on her ideas, “Stars and Stripes” and “Wonky Baskets.” This new article by Gwen is entitled “Gwen’s Liberated String Medallions” and is from her new book Liberated Medallion Quilts.
I had some scraps of Cherrywood hand dyed fabrics left over from my “Autumn Drunkard’s Path” quilt I completed just recently. They seemed like they would be just perfect for the strings needed in this design.
Gwen’s version in the magazine was a little “wonkier” than mine. I used an even number of blocks on the outside ring which I feel gives my version a little more “explosive” look, thus the name for my quilt.
Close-up of a corner. I applied a faux piped binding by machine:
A view of the back. I had an “orphan” block and several sizable pieces of the three neutral fabrics I used in the blocks as leftovers. I pieced these together to use as the backing:
I used Hobbs 80/20 batting and Metro Embroidery Thread, color 1914-5 Wheat.