It's been 3 weeks since the last update on the Baby Medallion quilt, where did those weeks go to? At this point we should be finished border #3. Even with the extra week given to us by Cindy I'm only just finished border #2 and about to start border #3! Now it's not all bad news, it's coming together nicely if a bit slowly. All the math's are working out so far and paper piecing the diamonds turned out to be a good decision as they are all so straight and pointy!
And I got my clouds made
And my balloon stitched down! Just need to add some tails to the kite and the centre panel will be finished at last!
We are following Melanie's guidelines (Catbirds Quilts Medallion series) and she suggested to take the time between borders 2 and 3 to make sure everything is squared up. This turned out to be great advice. After the first checkerboard round things were a little stretchy. Adding the plain frames to grow the dimensions to a number divisble by 3 for the diamonds really helped. I trimmed back the inner border to 2.75" all around and added the pink 1.5" strips. I made sure the length cut was correct for the width and height and used a lot of pins to add this frame. It eased in any stretchiness (?) and pulled the quilt into a more rectangular shape. I have to admit I was a bit nervous making the cut hoping I hadn't gotten the math's wrong but sometimes you just have to do it and see what happens. All worked out in the end ok, so now round #3!
I had great intentions at the weekend but then ended up a tad under the weather and did nothing for the whole weekend! So this is where I'm at:
The plan for this round of borders is to add flying geese! 86 of them + 4 more hearts! I bought a charm pack and a layer cake of Hubba Hubba by Me and My Sister and this will be used for the next 2 rounds. I've used a lot of scraps from Me and My sister fabric ranges in this already and their designs are really child friendly, bright and happy which is what I'm going for here.
Only question now is which method of Flying geese do I use to make them? Flying geese are traditionally twice as wide as they are high. (Quilters cahce and Instructables have nice explanations of these methods with diagrams and step by step instructions if you are interested in making your own.) I'm looking at using 4" wide x 2" high for this border. I'm not sure what the quickest method is.
B has no waste and does make 4 at a time, all identical and will need them sewing up individually
C, Foundation paper piecing, makes them up in strips as you go along and guarantees perfect pointiness, but will inevitably have more waste.
I'm leaning towards C. What do you think, what's your preferred way to fly?
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