Hi everyone; how are you going with your medallion? Don’t forget to use the #aussieaviatrixqal hashtag when posting to Instagram so we can see all your fabulous creations.
Today’s post is a day late due to technical difficulties – ie I forgot to download the pictures before I went to Perth for the weekend on business – so I do apologise. This is a what you see is what you get blog; when I make a boo boo, I admit to it and this is one of those times. Woopsie-woo.
Today, we’re meeting Alison von Bibra from The Cotton Factory. Alison has kindly donated a fabric bundle for one of our winners (just one reason to tag those photos!) and so I thought it would be great to meet her and find out more about her. Alison has a great social media presence and a very good customer service ethic and I’m so pleased that she’s joined our quilt-a-long.
1. Tell us a bit about you?
Well. Lets see. I’m Mum to two young boys. Parenthood came late for me and I’m no spring chicken. I’ve always had very serious jobs with lots of responsibility. I still have a real job, so Cotton Factory has been a lovely addition of being able to get balance between the serious worlds of business and governance, and the beauty that is the craft world.
2. When did you start quilting?
I’ve always crafted – often badly. Quilting has been relatively new, within the last ten years. My Dad remarried and his wife (my wicked stepmother) really taught me. She’s a beautiful lady and does the most splendid work. I also did a beginner quilt class at our LQS, and that was when it all really began. There has been many projects started (and some actually finished) since then.
3. Tell us about your first quilt?
My first gifted quilt is a bright purple and green sampler (sounds divine doesn’t it) and it sits on the bed of my BFF.
4. What’s your favourite part of the quilt-making process?
Colour. For me it’s about colour. Lots of it.
5. What project are you currently working on?
Hand made toys for Christmas gifts. A quilt for my sister. There are two unfinished Sarah Fielke patterns needing their applique. Several mending jobs that I cannot jump over and two large crochet rugs. It’s quite a mix.
6. Tell us about Cotton Factory – how long have you owned it? How did it come about?
My beautiful Studio is boasting it’s seven month anniversary in November. We operate from a small hall (which has previously been both a Scout Hall and a place of worship). Half the space is a dedicated class room, and the other half houses my cutting bench and display space.
7. What do you love about running a Studio
The gift of learning is the most exciting part of what we do. Offering classes and seeing people learn something new – and be enthused by their new skills is fantastic.
8. What’s next for you – where do you see yourself in two/five/ten years’ time?
As we are still so young, I need to continue to build the business. We want to ensure we stay at a size where we are sustainable but can still offer very personal customer service.
9. Where can we find you?
For a very small business, social media has been a fantastic tool for us. Please feel free to connect with us through any of these forums.
http://instagram.com/cotton_factory_destash (this is our sales account. We have lots of fun here).
http://www.cottonfactory.bigcartel.com/ (our online store).
Please support the lovely Alison by popping along to The Cotton Factory and joining in the merriment of the friendly little community she’s created.
Onto the Aviatrix Medallion. If you need to catch up on any older posts, just click on the Aussie Aviatrix QAL category.
It’s my turn today to showcase the first border. The challenge of the half-square triangles weren’t the triangles themselves, but the randomness of the placement. Anyone who knows me knows that I am an anal quilter; I don’t do random! But, I did random and I really like the result.
Some things to note when working on Border One:
I was working with directional fabrics so when I cut the half-square triangles, I cut half one way and half the other as follows:
That way when I placed them they would all be facing the same way.
I always sew the seams of my HSTs using a SCANT ¼” seam. To do this, I use the Westalee Scant Quarter Inch Guide and Machine Sewing Guide (see www.westalee.com.au/spe_tools.php and scroll to the bottom of the page) and set my sewing needle accordingly.
Once sewn together, I trim with the Bloc_Loc Ruler. I saw a demonstration of these rulers at the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair and have used it to trim my HSTs ever since. I have the 6½” Ruler and find it’s useful for all the sizes I’ve needed so far. The thing I love about them is that it automatically squares up to the corner where the two pieces meet rather than with a normal square ruler, where it isn’t necessarily at the corner where it’s squared up.
After that I stitched them together with a full ¼” seam and attached the borders to the centre medallion. I found I did have to steam block the piece but that after I did, it measured correctly.
I’m really looking forward to seeing your creations after you attach Border One; don’t forget to tag your Instagram photos with #aussieaviatrixqal. See you next Monday 3 November, when we meet Rachael from Sew Today, Clean Tomorrow –@sewtodaycleantomorrow on Instagram – who will take us through Border Three.
Don’t forget the rest of the schedule is here:
15 December – Wrap up – Me! Here!
15 January – Link up your entries for the QAL competition – Here!