Sunday, 2 November 2014

Aussie Aviatrix Quilt-Along - Border 2

Firstly a huge thank you to Linden from Vine Lines Quilting for hosting this fabulous quilt along. If this is your first time here…actually, even if you've been here before, Linden will be interviewing me on her blog as a part of this quilt along. Be sure to keep an eye out for that post and learn all about yours truly.

Now down to business. Is everybody else loving this pattern, or is it just me? I'll admit, cutting all the teeny tiny pieces at the start was not my most favouritist activity ever. Once I started sewing though, I fell in love. This pattern is everything I adore about quilting. 

The way these seemingly random pieces can make such beautiful and interesting shapes.
Cute little diamond birdies
Cute little diamond birdies
The broad range of fabric making it not only pleasingly to the eye, but pleasing to sew (who wants to be stuck staring at the same fabric the whole time...blergh). 
Looooove the variety of colours.
Looooove the variety of colours.
Most of all, I love that I have been challenged with techniques I've not tried before...
Centre Medallion
Centre Medallion
...I've had a chance to practice simple, but often frustrating tasks (not naming any names Mr Half Square Triangle)...
Border 1
Border 1
...and I've been able to just kick back, put my feet up and let the 1/4'' foot do all the work.
Border 2
Border 2
I'm pretty sure this border is my favourite. Not just because it's super easy, but because it's the first time we really get to see our fabric selection in all its glory. 

When I first looked at this pattern I had grand visions of cascading colours and all sorts of other crazy ideas. I'm sure they would've looked fabulous too, but when I saw Zen Chic's Figures, I knew I'd found my range. 
Zen Chic Figures
Zen Chic Figures
I was a little worried at first that there wasn't enough contrast within each colour group but, after attaching border 2, all woes packed their bags and promptly moved from my mind. 
Border 2 Again
It's just too awesome not to show again.
This border is a wonderfully easy sew that gives you a nice rest after that somewhat challenging centre medallion. There are no real tips that I can provide for the sewing, but I can show you how I sorted my fabric to make this border extra fast to construct. 

When I cut the fabric at the start, I organised everything into baggies by colour group and border. I then had individual pieces of paper wrapped around each of the five fabrics for that group. I even did this with the scraps so I could easily find them if when I made a boo boo.
Sorted into baggies
I do love a good sorting
This made it really easy to find the specific pieces I needed. For Border 2, I made little paper wraps (reusing paper where possible, of course) to clearly label the colour group and block.
Sorting colour ranges into blocks
Sorting colour groups into blocks
 After doing this for each colour group…
All colour ranges sorted
All colour ranges sorted
…I was easily able to just pluck out the required blocks and quickly piece them in the order suggested in the pattern.

The best part is watching the pile of empty baggies grow as we progress through the quilt.
Progressing along nicely
Progressing along nicely
Next week we will have Esther from Rehtse taking us through Border 3 and I can't wait! Be sure to tune in for that one. I think you're going to love what she's been doing.

Don’t forget to tag your photos with #aussieaviatrixqal so we can all marvel in the wonder that is the Aussie Aviatrix Quilt Along.

5 comments:

  1. its starting to look fabulous ! you've encouraged me to get my centre sewn today - loved your interview on Linden's blog - good luck with the patterns !

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    1. Thanks so much Leanne. I'm finding it to be a really fun quilt to make. One of the few that just become another UFO hahaha.

      Thanks also for wishing me luck with the patterns. The two free ones I've released seem to have been quite popular. It's very encouraging to have so much support.

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    2. LOL and of course that should read NOT become another UFO

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  2. I really love this fabric range and your quilt so far is looking fantastic! Very inspiring :)

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  3. Thanks :D it's a gorgeous fabric range isn't it?

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