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August Rain, The Scrappy Quilt Entry

The Bloggers Quilt Festival (BQF) is gaining momentum over at Amy’s Creative Side and today at the Studio it’s all about the Scrappy Quilt category. August Rain (below) is a very scrappy quilt I finished earlier this year.

Scrappy Quilt entry for Bloggers Quilt Festival 2015: Blue string quilt 'August Rain', © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Scrappy String Quilt

Yesterday I showed the quilt I entered in the Hand Quilted category. August Rain could just have easily fitted that category too, because August Rain is completely hand quilted. However, I think the main focus of this quilt is the delightful scrappy centre panel, so, logically, I’m entering it into the Scrappy Quilt category!

Scrappy Quilt entry for Bloggers Quilt Festival 2015: Blue string quilt 'August Rain' Big stitch quilting. © Stephanie Boon, 2014, www.DawnChorusStudio.com

August Rain detail (being hand quilted)

August Rain: Scrappy Quilt Details

  • String quilt with the centre panel made entirely from scraps
  • Hand quilted with ‘big stitch’ in perle cotton thread
  • 100% cotton (including wadding/batting and thread)
  • Started July 2014, finished February 2015
  • 51″ x 59.5″ (130cm x 151cm)

August Rain. It’s a very evocative name:

“So, there I was sitting on the studio (er kitchen!) floor, shuffling blocks around in the dull, grey light listening to heavy rain falling and ruminating on what to try next when it suddenly hit me: one of the layouts I’d tried before had reminded me of rain, or a child’s drawing of rain anyway.”  (August Rain and a Design Tip! August 2014).

And that was it, the name stuck. And the finished design developed from there.

Scrappy Quilt entry for Bloggers Quilt Festival 2015: Blue string quilt 'August Rain'. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Scrappy strings becoming August Rain, 2014

What is a Scrappy Quilt?

To me August Rain is a ‘true’ scrappy quilt: it’s made of scraps. It’s not a quilt that’s made to look scrappy by simply cutting up fabric in a myriad of different colours. The fabrics in the centre were never intended to go together. There are some scraps from various previous projects, but a large quantity of them were given to me by friends. They’re either scraps from their scrap boxes, or their daughter’s dresses or partners old shirts. There’s even a pair of shorts in there somewhere! A goodly amount of these fabrics have been used before.

Part of making a scrappy quilt, for me, is making do with what I have, using up that blue that looks a bit too green or a bit too purple, or that print that I really don’t like. Part of the creative process, part of the fun, is trying to make them work well together, even if they don’t want to! I think this quilt shows that it can be done quite successfully. One of the ways to do that is to develop a theme: ‘rain’.

I carried the theme into the quilting too and there are some details in the photos below. I really hope you enjoy them!

Scrappy Quilt Gallery

Scrappy Quilt entry for Bloggers Quilt Festival 2015: Blue string quilt 'August Rain'. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

The finished quilt aptly photographed on an incredibly rainy day in February!

Scrappy Quilt entry for Bloggers Quilt Festival 2015: Blue string quilt 'August Rain'. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

The quilt back has some appliqué flowers drifting from the border

Scrappy Quilt entry for Bloggers Quilt Festival 2015: Blue string quilt 'August Rain'. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Rainy flowers (being quilted, so there’s still basting thread visible and some de-wrinkling to be done at this stage!)

Scrappy Quilt entry for Bloggers Quilt Festival 2015: Blue string quilt 'August Rain'. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Quilting ‘rain circles’ in the border

Scrappy Quilt entry for Bloggers Quilt Festival 2015: Blue string quilt 'August Rain'. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

A touch of brightness on a dull winter’s day

I hope you’ve enjoyed this ‘tour’ through the process of making this scrappy quilt. It’s been fun to revisit it and remember the people that contributed their scraps and old clothes so that I could make something new, pretty and warm and give them a new lease of life.

Links to Some Previous Posts About August Rain

Please Vote For August Rain!

If you like this quilt too, I’d love it if you’d head on over to The Blogger’s Quilt festival and vote for it in the Scrappy Quilt  category. There are lots of other lovely entries to ogle and inspire you too.

Scrappy Quilt entry for Bloggers Quilt Festival 2015: Blue string quilt 'August Rain'. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

August Rain. A scrappy quilt basking in the summer sun.

If you’ve entered a quilt in the festival let us know in the comments below so that we can head over and give you some support too.  Finally, many thanks to Amy and everyone that’s made such a lovely event possible, I feel really privileged to be able to join in the fun.

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See my other quilt entered in to the Hand Quilted category in yesterday’s post.

Don’t forget to vote for August Rain in the Scrappy Quilt  category.  Thanks guys!

Enjoy the festival.

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12 replies
    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Audrey, it was a lot of fun stitching the border 🙂 I think scrap quilts are my favourite too, there’s something much more individual and quirky about them.

      Reply
  1. Bossymamma
    Bossymamma says:

    This is a lovely quilt, Stephie. I followed the link to vote but it’s a day too soon! You’ll have to blog about it again tomorrow, to remind me!

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Deb! And once again, my lovely friends are being very coy about their own fab entries into the festival! Head on over to give Deb some support in the Hand Quilted category. Her quilt will stand out as the one that looks like stained glass, it’s so vibrant and colourful 🙂

      Reply
    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Ah yes Pat, living on the Atlantic side of a narrow peninsular I know what ‘wind driven’ feels like alright! Thank you for coming by and saying hello – lovely to meet you 🙂

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  2. Ann
    Ann says:

    I like your distinction of scrappy versus made to appear scrappy. How fun to have created this beautiful quilt from such disparate bits. Good luck!

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thank you Ann. And congratulations on being voted into the Viewer’s Choice award – very well deserved, it’s such a beautiful quilt 🙂 Have a lovely weekend Ann!

      Reply

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