QAAQG Quilt Along Week 12 – Finishing

This image released by PBS shows Mae West in a scene from the 1933 film "I'm No Angel." “Mae West: Dirty Blonde,” the first major documentary film on this cultural figure, makes its world premiere Tuesday on PBS, an attempt to look beyond West's gown

This image released by PBS shows Mae West in a scene from the 1933 film “I’m No Angel.” “Mae West: (Alamy/PBS via Associated Press)


“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
Mae West

How are you?

Did you quilt your Aviatrix yet? Well, to be honest, we don’t really expect you did. A week isn’t quite enough time. Did you make any plans, though? Or did you send it to your longarmer?


This week’s task

The most important task is week is to send your pictures in so we have a lot to Show and Tell at our Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild Quilt Day meeting on Saturday, May 22 (see below)!

But first, we have a few last tips and tricks for you.

Some binding inspiration: Find a great tutorial here.

Or here: Susan Arnold shows Joining Binding the Easy Way.

Jen Strauser has some other input for us here: Accurate and Attractive Machine Binding.

And never, ever forget to put a label in your work: The Red Thread Studio has a ton of great advice here.

And finally, see how the maker of our initial example quilt finished her quilt by putting it on a frame.

No matter how you want to finish your Aviatrix, don’t forget: Done is better than perfect, because perfection can easily turn into frustration :o).

What’s next?

Whatever you have made yet — we’ll have our famous Show and Tell at the GAAQG Quilt Day meeting. Be part of it!

Take a picture and send it in so we can celebrate together:

Please do so by Friday, May 14 — we are so excited to see as many Aviatrix Quilts (or blocks, or tops or fabric pulls…) as possible. We don’t expect perfectly quilted quilts; send in whatever you have accomplished and be proud of yourself!

Also, of course, mark your calendar to join the lecture and the meeting:

Saturday, May 22, 9 am EDT

 We’ll have our guest teacher David Owen Hastings talk about “Minimal Design, Maximum Impact.”

But that’s not all: The lecture is followed by our guild meeting, then we meet and chat in little groups in breakout rooms.

GAAQG members and Quilt-Along participants will receive their Zoom link in an email one or two days prior to the meeting. If you are not a current member, you can join our guild to have the fun year round and free lectures, meetings, small (online and in-person) group activities, and so much more. We’d love to have you with us.

All QAL newsletter subscribers are warmly invited to join us for this meeting. Send an email to and ask for your Zoom link, and we’ll send it to you Friday, May 21.

The hashtag #gaqgqal will stay, so you can find examples of everyone’s work as well as everyone who worked with us on Instagram. Go ahead and keep posting and connecting! We’d love to see your finished or almost finished work! You can also remain connected via our Instagram account and Facebook page.

The Instagram slideshow Instagram Tutorial will stay online a while, too, just in case that you want to tackle IG now that you successfully mastered the Aviatrix!?

 Now it’s time for a huge THANK YOU: All of you who joined and added so much fun. We enjoyed xyou and the virtual conversations on Instagram, in our FB group and via email.

We send our warmest wishes and hope you’ll stay happy and healthy. Enjoy your Aviatrix, keep in contact and quilt on!


Nico Laudenberg, Gena Loyd and Nancy Frye


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