Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Knock knock

Who's there?


Olive who?

Thank you!

I love you too!

For the non-English speakers (or you know, those who may not remember), "olive who?" sounds like "I love you." So you have just baited the other person into confessing their love! I remember my little sister telling this joke with glee when she was about five years old.

So, this is my solution for Month 2 of the Gwennie-Inspired Medallion quilt along. The theme is "Childhood," and I think a silly riddle checks that box. I was able to continue my "olive" theme from the first month. Improv letters like this are not uncommon in Gwen Marston's quilts either. And, I'm migrating to mostly solid fabrics, which is another thing many of Gwen's quilts do.

The theme for Month 3 is "Log Cabin," and you can see that foreshadowed in the way I'm attaching the borders:

And, since childhood was a long time ago, I did go ahead and use hourglasses in the corners as well.

So, I'm very happy with it now!

Remember these bear claws that I made and rejected for round 2?

This was a story about going camping and seeing a mother and baby bear running through the campground one night. Childhood memory + baby bear = twice as good, or so I first thought. But I've realized the problem was simply that the colours were too dark, too soon.

Now I know that they aren't bear claws at all. They are stars.

Months 3 & 4, log cabins and stars, coming soon! In the meantime, check out the other improv quilters at the Ad Hoc Improv Quilters' monthly link up, right here.


  1. I love, love, love your "knock knock" childhood border. It looks childhood-exuberant with fun, bright, playful colors. And I love the olive in the lower left. Great border! Can't wait to see your bearclaw/stars.
    --Nancy. (ndmessier @,

    1. Thanks very much, Nancy! You know, the "who?" was so big that I ran out of room, and had to put that olive on the hourglass. And really, that is way better! It's been such a fun project. :D

  2. what a fun block you have created with your "knock knock" such imagination

  3. What a great border! Love the words, the way you laid them out, and the hourglasses. So many fun details already. Such fun to watch this develop. Thanks for linking with AHIQ.

  4. That border rocks, Monica! How fun to relive a childhood memory in this way!

    1. Thank you, Terry! In truth I am re-making this memory somewhat, because little sisters are annoying as anything at that age, and she told this joke way too often. But, in hindsight, I can see that it had its sweet side!

  5. Fantastic border! I have been thinking a lot about words on quilts and this is a brilliant example of how to do it successfully. They work on a visual level but also by imparting the extra levels of meaning.

  6. Ooh! I love these improv quilts. Love, love, love!!

  7. Beautiful, beautiful medallion! Love these colors and the whimsical style.:)

  8. Oh this is a wonderful medallion! Beautiful , I just keep looking and looking at it!

  9. OH, my gosh, that is the best border I've seen in a long time!

  10. I missed this childhood round but found it when I came to see what you've been up to. This is wonderful, now to see your next round and to comment!


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