Friday, May 5, 2017

Aviatrix Medallion ~ Part Three: Borders 4 to 6

Aviatrix Medallion is a quilt that really rewards patience and concentration. I was rather concerned that the patchwork would be beyond my ability, but I'm happy to say that the top is finally done ... and it's even mostly square!

In previous posts, I worked up to Border 3. Border 4 is a scrappy border made of all gray fabrics, and because I messed up the center medallion's size previously and had to substitute Border 1, which was supposed to be half-square triangles, with a much skinnier scrappy border, it means Border 1 and Border 4 are nearly identical. But I think it looks pretty good, all things considered!

Border 5 is one of my favorite things to piece: log cabins! I just love building it out from the center, and the chain piecing involved means it's very efficient.

And finally, Border 6 is what I call the butterfly block. This was probably the hardest border to put on! My initial borders were far too long, so I had to do a fair bit of ripping, re-sewing, fudging, and easing, and in the end it managed to fit, barely.

Whew! This is probably the most difficult thing I've ever pieced. I'm excited to quilt this, but it won't be for awhile, as I want to wait until I'm sufficiently comfortable on my longarm (which I don't even have yet). After all ... I spent a lot of effort on this quilt top, so I want to make sure the quilting is worthy of it!

Previous posts on this quilt:

  • Part Zero
  • Part One: Center Star + Border 1
  • Part Two: Border 2 + Border 3

    1. Oh wow!!! I love this! I have just looked through all your posts for this quilt and it's great to see how it has come together. Congratulations! It will really be worth the wait for the quilting until you feel you can do this wonderful top justice!

    2. Wow! That is beautifully done. This quilt has come together so wonderfully. I can see why you'd want to wait to get comfortable on your machine before quilting. I think I'd be the same way on a quilt like this. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Andrea

    3. Love the butterfly borders. It looks so perfect--nice and flat. That will make it easier to quilt.

    4. Great job on this quilt. Looking forward to hearing about your quilting on the longarm.


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