my life has been creeping back to normal ever so slowly.... or at least my new normal. i have also been sewing. which is like therapy for me. so i am happy, happy, happy.
out in the blogland, instagram, twitter, and other such communities on the internet i came across Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson! pattern for her Aviatrix Medallion quilt and she is having a quilt along for it. i got the pattern from her site which i highly recommend this pattern. its a stunner. Elizabeth originally made it using solids - Kona from Robert Kaufman to be exact.
i have never done a quilt out of solids. i really liked the colors that Elizabeth used in her original quilt but i didn't love them. then Elizabeth announced that she got to put together some Kona bundles and i fell in love with her Winter one. the bundles are not out yet but if you go to the Robert Kaufman site it lists the various Kona colors that make up each bundle. so, i did some shopping and i had the Winter colors and jumped right in.
i love it. flipping head over heels in love with it. of course i did not use white as the accent color i took Elizabeth's recommendation and did not use black but i did use Kona Pepper.
i spent a day cutting the fabric for this quilt and grouping it into border sections as suggested by Elizabeth. you might think 'a whole day' - keep in mind i woke up late, ate some meals, did some laundry, might have watched some tv. so for focused people it might be a few hours of cutting.
i used the same Essex yarn-dyed linen as per Elizabeth's suggestion for the background fabric which i have never used before. i love it as well - it is great to sew with.
this is the center of the quilt. all on the bias. lets just say that starch was my friend when i put this together and i am pleased as punch with how it turned out.
the next border was made using some grey neutral Kona. again starch was my friend.
trimmings from the first border. always makes me smile because it means progress.
each border is separated with a strip of the background fabric.
the second border finished and yes i pinned it up to a Santa Clause area rug we have hanging on a wall in our house. by the way the Christmas tree is still up too.
i learned a great way for marking multiple squares when i worked on border #3 and lots of trimmings to show the progress.
the various units for border #3 ready to go.
3 borders on and 3 more to go. i am in love with this quilt. i love the pattern. i love the fabric selection - thanks to Elizabeth. i love that i got outside of my comfort zone and tried something with solids.
sewing on border #4 which ends up being 1' finished squares of the grey Kona's then another strip of the background fabric will go on.
time to start on the blocks for border #5.
if you have read this far thanks for taking the time to do so. i am going to try and be better at blogging more. i hang out on instagram fairly often so you can always find me there as well.