Thursday, August 27, 2015

In Flight Quilt-Along- Layouts


When I first designed the In Flight bird patterns, I had great plans to release three separate layouts of the final quilt, but as the quilt-along has drawn on, I have learnt a lot about layouts. I realised that my plans for the quilt that I was making didn't work. I had to alter my plans significantly in order to create a quilt that I was happy with.

I thought about writing down my new layout and publishing it for you all, but then I looked on instagram and flickr and realised that many of you were managing to finish your own quilt tops without my help. I decided that it might be fun if I give you some pointers as to how to create your own layout and leave the rest up to you.
My Final Layout

Every finished quilt that I have seen has gone along with my initial vision of the cloud of haphazard birds circling in the sky, so I decided to concentrate on this type of layout.

If you click on the picture below, you will be taken to my payhip store where you can download the original In flight layout for free.
https://payhip.com/b/A6EK

For those of you who have sewn some of the 4 additional blocks (which were added to the quilt-along) if you have sewn them as 12 inch blocks, you should be able to alter this layout fairly easily to accommodate the extras. Here is an example:

All that I have done is to cut down the 12.5 x 24.5 rectangular pieces into 12.5 inch squares and rearranged the layout of the remaining birds to suit.

If, like me, you have sewn some of the extra blocks as 18 inch blocks, then I suggest that you look at your quilt top in 24 inch chunks. If you look at my final layout, this is basically what I have done although I have changed it up a wee bit in a few places.

To make the 18.5 inch blocks up to 24 inch finished blocks you will need to cut:
a 6.5 x 18.5 piece
a 6.5 x 24.5 piece

With the 12 inch blocks, you have a choice, you can either combine 2x 12.5 inch bird blocks with two 12.5 squares or you can sew 4 x 12.5 inch bird blocks together
I'm trying to think if there is anything else that I should be telling you in this post. Nothing immediately springs to mind, but if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

If you fell in love with one of the layouts that I showed at the beginning of the quilt-along and are feeling gutted that I have not given their details, please please please get in touch. I would be happy to provide more details as required.

A quick disclaimer: I cannot promise that the birds in these layouts are flying in the right direction. It is up to you to make sure that you have a balanced layout. what I am trying to do in this post is to give you some ideas, not provide a template which you can copy directly. That said, when designing the blocks I ensured that there is a good mixture of right facing and left facing blocks, so I don't think this should be a problem.

In Flight- FINAL LINKY!

I have seen a few beautiful finished quilts on instagram and flickr and have loved seeing how creative you have all been. I can't wait to see them all together in this linky.
 
Thank you so much for coming on this birdy quilting journey with me, I hope you learnt something, improved your skills, challenged yourself and had fun.

My quilt is complete, but I need to find the time and opportunity to take some decent photos of it. 

Remember, you don't need to have a complete quilt to take part in this linky, but eligibility for the top prizes will be reserved for those who have completed a specified number of blocks. Please note that if you are making a cushion or smaller item with your in flight block, this will need to be finished to be eligible for a prize. You may enter up to three items in the linky.

The prizes are as follows:

1st Prize
(This prize will go to someone who has made at least 9 blocks and has at least created a complete quilt top)
- $25 Fat Quarter Shop token

This beautiful large box of Aurifil thread.

2nd Prize 
The winner of this prize must have made at least 6 blocks and have a complete quilt top or finished item.

A $25 Fat Quarter Shop token

This beautiful box of Aurifil thread.

Umbrella Prints Mosaic Kit
If you are not familiar with Umbrella Prints fabrics, go and look them up, you won't be disappointed in these beautiful organic screen printed fabrics.
3rd Prize
Open to any item created using an In Flight block or blocks.

A $25 Fat Quarter Shop token
I really really hope that we see lots of completed quilt tops at the final linky.

As a final word, I'd like to take a moment to some very special people who have helped to ensure that this event happened. 
Thank you so much to all of my sponsors. I really appreciate your support. I hope to share a little bit more detail about each and every one of them at some stage.
- See more at: http://www.thetartankiwi.com/2015/01/in-flight-introduction.html#sthash.FmGD1lxn.dpuf

1st Prize
(This prize will go to someone who has made at least 9 blocks and has at least created a complete quilt top)
- $25 Fat Quarter Shop token

This beautiful large box of Aurifil thread.


2nd Prize 
The winner of this prize must have made at least 6 blocks and have a complete quilt top or finished item.

A $25 Fat Quarter Shop token

This beautiful box of Aurifil thread.

Umbrella Prints Mosaic Kit
If you are not familiar with Umbrella Prints fabrics, go and look them up, you won't be disappointed in these beautiful organic screen printed fabrics.

3rd Prize
Open to any item created using an In Flight block or blocks.

A $25 Fat Quarter Shop token
1st Prize
(This prize will go to someone who has made at least 9 blocks and has at least created a complete quilt top)
- $25 Fat Quarter Shop token

This beautiful large box of Aurifil thread.

2nd Prize 
The winner of this prize must have made at least 6 blocks and have a complete quilt top or finished item.

A $25 Fat Quarter Shop token

This beautiful box of Aurifil thread.

Umbrella Prints Mosaic Kit
If you are not familiar with Umbrella Prints fabrics, go and look them up, you won't be disappointed in these beautiful organic screen printed fabrics.
3rd Prize
Open to any item created using an In Flight block or blocks.

A $25 Fat Quarter Shop token
I really really hope that we see lots of completed quilt tops at the final linky.

As a final word, I'd like to take a moment to some very special people who have helped to ensure that this event happened. 
Thank you so much to all of my sponsors. I really appreciate your support. I hope to share a little bit more detail about each and every one of them at some stage.
- See more at: http://www.thetartankiwi.com/2015/01/in-flight-introduction.html#sthash.FmGD1lxn.dpuf

1st Prize
(This prize will go to someone who has made at least 9 blocks and has at least created a complete quilt top)
- $25 Fat Quarter Shop token

This beautiful large box of Aurifil thread.

2nd Prize 
The winner of this prize must have made at least 6 blocks and have a complete quilt top or finished item.

A $25 Fat Quarter Shop token

This beautiful box of Aurifil thread.

Umbrella Prints Mosaic Kit
If you are not familiar with Umbrella Prints fabrics, go and look them up, you won't be disappointed in these beautiful organic screen printed fabrics.
3rd Prize
Open to any item created using an In Flight block or blocks.

A $25 Fat Quarter Shop token
I really really hope that we see lots of completed quilt tops at the final linky.

As a final word, I'd like to take a moment to some very special people who have helped to ensure that this event happened. 
Thank you so much to all of my sponsors. I really appreciate your support. I hope to share a little bit more detail about each and every one of them at some stage.
- See more at: http://www.thetartankiwi.com/2015/01/in-flight-introduction.html#sthash.FmGD1lxn.dpuf
A Huge thank you to all the wonderful sponsors!

(P.S. Sorry for being disorganised, I will do my best to get the post about potential layouts written either today or tomorrow at latest )


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