What a marathon this has been – but I do love a good meaty, time consuming project so I can’t complain too much. The Aviatrix quilt top is done and now that it’s done I love it again. I have to admit to being very glad to see the end of those butterfly blocks!
And now that its done I’m left with the decision of how to quilt it. I mean it’s taken a lot of time and effort to get it to this stage so I don’t want to muck it up by choosing the wrong sort of stitching. My initial idea was to hand quilt – because I like it and think it deserves it. But the thought of having all that fabric and batting sitting around in the summer heat put me off that idea for a while. Maybe save it for winter?
Then I thought about just straight line quilting – then I could manage that on my own industrial machine and it would be done faster. But it really deserves better than that don’t you think? The other week my Mum brought her John Watts quilting frame over while she decides whether or not to sell it. (I think we all know it’s staying) It’s all set up and I’m keen to give it a go. So how about I quilt my new Aviatrix on it? Hmmm, a bit too ambitious perhaps?
I took the quilt top to my sew day at Brisbane MQG yesterday and it was suggested I custom quilt – a different pattern in each of the borders. I like this idea and I’d definitely have to pay for this sort of thing since I’ve got zero experience. But I’d have to save my $. Hmmm, more thinking.
Today as I write this I’ve returned to the idea of hand quilting. I’ve seen another Aviatrix hand quilted and it is stunning. So yes – I want that!
I’d like to thank Linen from Vine Lines Quilting for hosting the quilt along and Elizabeth Hartman for designing such a fabulous quilt pattern. You should pop over to Lindens blog where you’ll find links to all the other quilters who participated in the quilt along.
I’ll keep you updated with how the quilt’s going over the next few weeks.