Aussie AQAL

Aviatrix QAL Border 4

Welcome to the next installment of the Aviatrix quilt a long. Thanks to Linden from Vine Lines Quilting for organising and motivating everyone. Last fortnight Esther from Werkelei showed us border 3 and today I’m going to show you my quilt progress and share some tips I thought might be helpful for border 4.

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I have to admit I wasn’t too sure if I was going to love my quilt enough to warrant all the work involved. The fabric was beautiful and I like the design, but I just wasn’t sure if the two were going to work together. But after this border I can easily say I love it!

The instructions for border 4 say to sew the neutral strips together in a certain order and that one of your strips will be shorter (because you trim a 1.5″ square off the ends) I’ve added a photo here so you can see what it will look like – it took me a few read throughs to understand, but maybe that’s just me. 6 border 4

So onto my tips – nothing too radical, but I wish I’d thought of them earlier!

Tip #1 – make sure you check your seam allowance is exactly 1 quarter inch. I switched machines halfway sewing these and the foot on the second machine gave me a different seam allowance and I had to unpick. Not fun!

Tip #2 – make your stitches a bit smaller as you’re going to be sub cutting these pieces and you don’t want them to fall apart.

Tip #3 – pressing the seams open DOES take longer, and I nearly didn’t do it – but I’m glad I did because it’s sitting so beautifully and will help with any bulk when I come to quilt later on.3 border 4

Tip #4 – use the blocks from the previous border to help line up the squares. As you can see in the photo above, the blocks on border 3 are 8″ so you should get 8 squares between.

Having a border with all neutrals is going to add some zing to the overall design and I can’t wait to see what neutrals everyone else has used.2 border 4

Next fortnight you’ll be able to pop over to visit Leanne Elliot from Daisy and Jack who’s going to show us border 5. And don’t forget to check out the hashtag #aussieaviatrixqal on Instagram for more behind the scenes photos.

Fabric – Dreamin’ Vintage by Art Gallery Fabrics

Pattern – Aviatrix Medallion by Elizabeth Hartman

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