Final Finish for 2015!

I am so happy to be able to show you my finished Aviatrix Medallion Quilt top!

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This is my December goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes (link up #47) and also one of my goals for Quarter 4 of the 2015 Finish-Along.

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The Aviatrix Medallion is one of many wonderful quilt patterns by the very talented Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson.

I’m thrilled with how this quilt top has turned out and I’ve really enjoyed working with beautiful fabrics including Joel Dewberry Bungalow and Carolyn Friedlander Doe.

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The final “butterfly” block border was perhaps my favourite border although I also enjoyed making the mini log cabins.

This quilt top is a big one and finishes at 80 inches square! I’m still not sure how I’m going to quilt it or if I’ll even be able to fit it through my old Janome’s tiny throat space! But I’ll work that one out next year…

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With only four more sleeps until Santa arrives here in Australia, my sewing machine has been packed away until next year. I didn’t achieve all of my goals for this quarter but that’s ok 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog and I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful year ahead in 2016!

Deb x

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ALYoF December Goal

My December goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes will be to finish my Aviatrix Medallion Quilt Top.

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I have only one more pieced border to go and this final colourful border is made up of pretty “butterfly” blocks.

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I have made blocks for two out of my four colour groups so I am halfway there.

Only 36 more blocks to make…!

Deb 😉

Linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes @ Fiber of All Sorts

My Aviatrix Grows

My Aviatrix Medallion Quilt continues to grow this week with the addition of Border 4 – comprising of tiny neutral grey squares, and Border 5 – forty colourful log cabins.

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It’s pretty hard to get a complete shot of this growing quilt – it now measures at 66 1/2 inches square with one colourful border to go. The final measurement of this quilt will be 80″ square.

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I’m enjoying this beautiful quilt more and more as it grows although it has been incredibly time consuming making all of those blocks!

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The next colourful border is butterfly blocks which I’m looking forward to starting at my next class with Jess Frost (The Elven Garden) this weekend.

I also received some wonderful news last week that I was one of the winners for October’s A Lovely Year of Finishes. I won a  free PDF pattern from the lovely Melissa of Sew Bittersweet Designs. For a person who rarely wins anything, this was a big thrill for me!

Thanks Shanna (Fiber of All Sorts) and Melissa for hosting this wonderful linky party. Through this link up, I have been able to discover many wonderful and inspiring quilting blogs and have received so much positive encouragement.

I really appreciate this support as I continue on my quilting journey.

Deb 🙂

 

 

Zipper Pillow Finish

I am happy to have a pair of finishes to share with you today.

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These 18″ cushions were made using some gorgeous metallic Buzoku Cotton Duck fabric and are Finish #2 of my Quarter 4 goals for the 2015 Finish-Along, hosted by Adrianne@On the Windy Side.

This is the first time I’ve made cushions using a zipper closure and I can’t see myself making cushions any other way from now on.

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I followed an easy tutorial by Pretty Prudent.

I have also been working hard this week on my Aviatrix Medallion Quilt.

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Here are my forty 6½ inch log cabins ready to sew on as Border #5.

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(but first I need to make Border #4…!)

Deb 😉

Loving my Aviatrix

Some things take a little while to aquire a taste for…even quilts 😉

It’s not that I ever really disliked my Aviatrix Medallion Quilt, it’s just a combination of factors including waning end-of-year motivation and my earlier experience of too scant seams which you can read about here.

Anyway, I’m pleased to tell you that I am now enjoying this quilt as it starts to take shape. I am attending a series of classes with the incredibly lovely and talented Jess Frost (The Elven Garden) at my favourite local fabric store Frangipani Fabrics.

It has taken me quite a few hours to get to where I needed to be for my fourth class.

After fixing up my hst border, I have now added on my Border 2 blocks:

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and my Border 3 x-plus blocks:

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The next border is some lovely log cabins!

I’ll be sure to keep you posted,

Deb 😉

Aviatrix Update

It’s time for an update on my Aviatrix Medallion Quilt.

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In my previous post on this project, I had just completed the centre star – a time consuming task involving matching the points on 72 diamonds!

Border #1 is made up of half square triangles and unfortunately this is where I had a few problems…

I sewed with what I thought was a “scant” quarter inch seam but unfortunately, my scant seam turned out to be WAY too scant! I ended up with squares slightly too large and therefore border strips too long. As apparent in the following photo, when I attached these border strips to the medallion centre, I had trouble matching the corner points and the fabric refused to sit flat.

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Note: I originally wasn’t going to show this photo as I felt quite embarrassed that I had made such a simple sewing error! But then I figured, this is my journal and I should be completely honest. And I will check my quarter inch seam diligently from now on!!

After a lot of unpicking and re-sewing (not to mention cursing and swearing!), I have a result I am much happier with 🙂

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I am now quite a bit behind in my Aviatrix Medallion class with Jess Frost (The Elven Garden) so I will be spending quite a few hours in this next fortnight trying to catch up!

I have already made a start on my Border #2

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and Border #3 blocks.

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A question for you : Have you ever made any sewing/quilting errors that you feel embarrassed about?

Come on, be honest and tell me I’m not alone!

Deb 😉

My New Medallion

Last year, I attended my first ever quilting class at my favourite local fabric store Frangipani Fabrics.

My teacher was Jess Frost. Jess is an amazing local quilter and teacher and has become a good friend of mine.  If you haven’t visited Jess’s blog The Elven Garden, you really should take a look!

It was at this class last year that I started my Marcelle Medallion Quilt which was eventually finished in May this year. You can read more about it here.

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I had no hesitation in signing up for another class with Jess this year – this time to make Elizabeth Hartman’s Aviatrix Medallion Quilt.

For this quilt, I’ve decided to use a Joel Dewberry Bungalow fat quarter bundle that I purchased on ebay earlier this year.

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This is the first fat quarter bundle I have ever owned and I was hesitant to use it. It’s just SOO pretty…

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Anyway, I started on my medallion centre this week.

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This stage involves using a template to cut out 40 coloured diamonds and 32 white “block accent” diamonds and arranging them like so.

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I have had some great practise matching my points and I am thrilled with how it is looking so far.

For the background, I have decided to use some Carolyn Friedlander Doe fabric, which after an excruciatingly long wait, has finally arrived in Tasmania.

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I am looking forward to my next class this weekend where we will piece together the centre diamonds with the background fabric and hopefully start on our first border.

Stay tuned for further progress…

Deb 😉