Ali Wilkinson

Swan in Flight

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A few weeks ago I posted that I was going to join Tartan Kiwi in her In flight Quilt Along and no doubt as I haven’t posted anything since you have been wondering if I dropped out before it started. When I downloaded the pattern I was a little overwhelmed as it is over a hundred pages long! I knew I couldn’t print it on my little Pixma inkjet and I kept forgetting to go to the copy shop to get it printed. Until today.

In many ways I am pleased that I didn’t print it immediately as I have spent the last few weeks pondering which fabrics to use that would work as paper pieced designs and would bring the best out of the pattern. It was only this morning that I reached a decision that I was happy with; Art Gallery Oval Elements (which you should know by now is one of my favourite fabrics!) in Mood Indigo, which is a dark blue, as the “sky” background, and plain solids in strong but not overpowering colours for the birds.

I am hoping the Oval Elements will create texture to the sky, and as a regular “any way up” pattern it works well for paper piecing.

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It’s been a while since I paper pieced and I had to remind myself how to do it, but only had to unpick one seam, so am quite pleased about that! I have bought a light box in the intervening time and found it to be really useful in this process.

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This pattern was really straightforward and a good choice for the first bird. A quick glance at the later patterns show they get a bit more complex towards the last block!

Here’s the finished product which I am really happy with. Now I need to order a bit more of the Oval Elements as I only have enough in my stash for about 3 more blocks.

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2 thoughts on “Swan in Flight

  1. That background fabric looks great, especially with the bird being plain. And yes, the patterns definitely get more complex further on – I’ve raced ahead a bit, and they’re starting to get quite intimidating!

  2. Ah, I love Art Gallery fabrics! Oval Elements is a great choice for a background fabric. Beautiful work.
    Sorry for intimidating you… Well done getting through the first block easily. I tried my best to make the block grow in complexity as the QAL progresses.

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