My mom made an Aviatrix Medallion and I had the pleasure of quilting it for her. I am in love with her color scheme. It was so much fun to gaze at these beautiful prints up close for a few days!
I chose a different free motion design for each border and used a light blue thread that played nicely on all the fabrics. I usually pick a matching thread, but I am leaning towards using one color more often to speed up the process.
The medallion is a circle of birds, which I outlined and added a simple background of radiating circles. Most of the grey borders were just stitched in the ditch, but I did use a wavy line in the half square triangle section. Then I added feathers in the rectangle blocks.
The next border had X-Plus blocks, so I used some wavy lines and stitch-in-the-ditch.
The last two borders had framed squares and butterflies. I used a flower in the squares and wavy lines and bubbles to fill in the butterflies.
My next longarm challenge will be to learn to sew on the binding while the quilt is on the frame. That would certainly speed up the process! My mom still finishes her bindings by hand, while I do most of mine by machine using a tutorial from Judy at The Patchwork Times.
Working on this quilt was a calm oasis in the middle of a few hectic weeks. I think I will load a Christmas top next since we are heading into the holiday season. What is on your worktable today?
My mom pieced the topand I had fun adding filler designs. I started with a feather in the center, and each of the rust squares has a little squiggle.I call the next one “worms” and I think Leah Day’s “topographic map” is similar. I highly recommend her gallery of free motion designs…I found alot of inspiration there!Thankfully the backing fabric is a light blue batik, and I was able to get some good photos. The blue fabric on the front hides alot of the stitching, so in hindsight I could have used more open designs. Next you see my “Asian water” in blue and “Echo Leaves (inspired by Leah)” in the yellowish-green. That was a funny variegated thread…it looked much more green on the spool, and very yellow in my quilt. I usually go for solid matching threads, but I worked from stash on this and none of my greens worked well…you can see the lovely scrappy mix of fabrics here. I call this next design “Dragon Breath” – DeLoa Jones and Ricky Tims have both shared similar designs. It’s basically a spiral hook with puffy bumps down the back as you travel to the next spot.Some of the blue sections were filled with echo flames, one of the first freehand designs I mastered on my longarm.Here is another “inspired by Leah” section. She called it “Landscape” and it has a McTavishing feel to it. I just use a gentle S curve to flow back and forth, switch directions and fill the space. An occasional swirl will pop up for a nice surprise.I think the next design is one that Leah calls “Sea Oats.” I love the gentle teardrop on each branch. It was a bit tricky to use in a linear space…in the future I think this would be a beautiful fill for smaller sashing.And in the corners, I used “Es and Ms”, almost a basketweave fill. You can just see the blue pebble fabric of the border, and I used simple wavy lines in that space.This was a fun, fun project and I am happy with the way it turned out. I hope my brother and his family enjoy it too!