I have been back at work on my Aviatrix medallion quilt…and challenging my quilt math skills! After the X and Plus block border, my quilt was kind of an odd size (I haven’t followed the pattern exactly), so I had to figure out how to bring it up to size for the next border. The next border on the pattern is the cute log cabin blocks, alternating color and white, and I fully planned on doing that….until things spun all out of control! (-:
The problem was that I needed more than a narrow stop border to get the quilt to any kind of size that would allow for the log cabin blocks to fit. So I had the idea to add one row of the alternating color/white rectangles like I have here.
The problem was that I didn’t like how it looked right next to the X and Plus blocks, so I had to have a stop border, well then my measurements were off again…you see where this is going. Have you ever read those kids books like, “if you give a moose a muffin”? it was kind of like that. In the end, I added a 1/2″ white stop border and a 4″ check border (yes, that one row of rectangles expanded into FOUR rows). This is now in place of the log cabin borders, and I really like it! I still have the effect of the bright color and clean white, just in a different design.
Medallion quilts are fun, but definitely challenge the piecing skills since seam allowance is so critical to get those pieced borders to fit properly. It is also easy to get yourself in trouble if you don’t follow the pattern…but it also keeps it interesting! Now I have my quilt at a perfect size to make the next border, the butterflies….except they can’t be the size they are in the pattern, so I am off to the drafting board.
If you love this quilt and want to make your own, the pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman and available to buy at Canton Village Quilt Works, Click Here.