Thursday, February 07, 2008

Center medallion blocks

There have been requests from those who read my blog regularly to see the medallion quilts that the ladies in my quilt group are making also. They will be a step behind me each month but they have graciously agreed to allow me to put their photos on the blog. Two of the ladies did not have their blocks ready and you will see those next time. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into their own special versions of this quilt project and leave them a comment if you would like...

Bep ~ These are really Bep's colors and fabric textures. She created a large Twisted Log Cabin to show how life spirals back and forth for her right now.

Joke ~ This is a photo printed on fabric of a birdhouse that her daughter handmade as a gift for her. It is hanging in their vacation home which has a very special place to her from her childhood. Her birdhouse is occupied every year by a little feathered family and if you enlarge the photo, you will see a mother bird coming to check her nest.

Elly ~ This block is Elly's own design! She created a combination of a star and tree block. The star symbolizes her lonely times in life while the tree in front of it is a symbol of her stranding strong through life's ups and downs. This is a really powerful block I think. I hope you don't change it Elly as I think it is perfect!

Saskia ~ She used the Lone Star for her center block for a number of reasons. One being her connection to Texas where her aunt lives. It was during a visit there that Saskia started her passion for quilting.

Mieke ~ Her block is a symbol of the hope of harmony in her life. She has choosen a block that has a ring around the block showing her strive for harmony.

Nell ~ Nell is creating two smaller sized medallions which will be turned into pillows. This is the first of the two which is a symbol for her home and garden.

Nell ~ Her second block is for her garden which is an amazing haven for birds.

Enny ~ Enny choose a block that creates a circle idea around a star. This block symbolizes how she feels the need for coziness and security in life.

Miep ~ Her star block is a symbol for how she feels spiritually in life now. She loves angels and looking at the stars.

Hanneke ~ Her block choice is a butterfly. She feels this is a symbol of her freedom and being able to spread her wings.

I hope I did justice in telling a little of these stories for this wonderful group of ladies. I had to remember the stories shared last night and shorten them for you to read about. I am anticipating some beautiful additions made to the blocks in the coming month.


Carolien said...

Hello Heidi,

Will you please thank the ladies to share their medallions with us? It is impressive to hear the meaning of their blocks. My compliments to all of you. It is beautiful as it IS! And how different they are, these block, as everybody is different of course. Wonderful!
Thanks, Heidi!
P.s. My top is half done :)

Nancy said...

Wow ladies, I love your quilt blocks.
Bep: Your twisted log cabin is so nice.
Joke: I have never seen the concept of putting a photo on fabric. It is great.
Elly: I love your tree, don't change it, it is really nice.
Saskia: I love that Texas star, that is one of my favorite quilt designs.
Mieka: I love your idea of harmony, very nice.
Nell: Both of yours are great, I like the house better, but they are both so nice.
Enny: Your star in a circle is very nice.
Miep: Great star block.
Hanneke: I like the idea of spreading your wings, keep going.
Heidi, these ladies compliment you in a wonderful way.
Love you, Mom

TeresaB said...

Heidi, please let your ladies know how much I enjoyed seeing their medallions. Each one is so different and so beautiful and tells a wonderful story. Amazing! Thanks for sharing them with us all.

Ginny said...

All of the blocks are lovely. The ladies have done a great job! I especially enjoyed reading what each woman was trying to depict through her block.

Nancy said...

Thank you for sharing these Heidi! There are so many talented ladies in the quilt group. They are all just amazing, but I am really taken with Elly's tree and Nell's home and garden. I love how meaningful all of these beautiful quilts will be, and I can't wait to see your next set of photos when you meet.

Kristen said...

OH how nice all of them are! I love that they are all so very different! That is just wonderful! I feel as though I have learned a bit about each of them after seeing thier blocks!

Fete et Fleur said...

Once again beautiful work. Your students are very talented!! You must be very proud of them.

Hugs! Nancy

Angela said...

What a feast for the eyes. It was so enjoyable seeing these beautiful creations unfolding and reading a little about them all. I love the bird, it's so Blackbird Design ish :>)
Thank you and the ladies for giving us this pleasure :>)
Hugs, Angela

Sharon said...

Heidi, these blocks are just incredible. Each one is as pretty as the next. Thanks so much for sharing them. xoxox

Anonymous said...

Hello Heidi,
I am interested in knowing more about the verse you mention...1st line "How various her employments" etc. Where did you find the sampler or verse?

Christine said...

Wow...all the blocks are so nice and so unique. The ladies did a great job. Please pass along my compliments nd many thanks for sharing with us.

Teresa said...

All the quilt blocks are beautiful! I love how different we are when expressing ourselves. It makes for an interesting world. Do any of these ladies have blogs?

Roberta said...

Heidi, you are such a talented person and teacher. You have truly inspired your group of ladies, and are they journaling their thoughts as they develop their quilts? Wishing I was part of your group.

So inspirational, thank you for sharing and looking forward to watching he progress.


Kathy said...

Oh Heidi! The quilt blocks are stunning! You have such a talented group of friends! Thank you for sharing!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hello Heidi ~
I bet you ladies have so much fun sewing together. It is amazing to me to see so many different patterns - all of which have a special meaning for each quilter. Have to tell you that Nell's really struck a cord with me. Love her house and those birds! These would totally fit in my cottage!
Hope all is well and pardon me for being so tardy in visiting. This week has been rather busy and I have some catching up to do with you sweethearts!!!
Becky and Doogs
PS: Give Dagi a little kiss from me and a woof from Doogs.

patchwitch said...

Thanks for sharing these madellions, also thank your group!
My favourite one is Bep's as these are my colours too and I also like the spiral!

Fete et Fleur said...

Thank you so much for your encouragement on the shoes Heidi! They are truly fun to make and I put my heart into each one.

Blessings! Nancy

Lapplisor said...

Hi Heidi
Which for wonderful work I saw here! I am really inspired...
Take care Barbara