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Bright Bunting

Summer Fete

Think of the typical English summer fete and colourful bunting probably comes to mind – as well as a bunch of daft games and a white elephant stall!

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was making this quilt for my sister’s 40th birthday next year and yesterday I decided that playing with the glorious colours would be the perfect antidote to some of last week’s stress. (Thank you for all your supportive comments and suggestions, I’ve read them all and there’s a lot of sound advice there that makes me feel like I’m not alone! I’ll be replying to you all individually too.)

Needle Turn Applique

‘Fete’ is the title of the quilt, which I’ll probably piece into the back of it (I’d like to make it more reversible than I usually do), but I couldn’t help myself and started the label first!  It’s simple needle turn appliqué in my own hand writing. Using your own hand rather than printing something off from the internet makes it much more personal. My handwriting’s a bit of a mess though so I had to simplify it to make it legible and easy enough to cut the letters out! I’m pretty pleased with the result – and it definitely makes me smile, which is exactly what I was aiming for.

'Fete' applique in colourful fabrics for a patchwork quilt. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Feeling summery

Improv Triangles

'Fete'. A patchwork quilt in progress, inspired by colourful bunting. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

‘Fete’, the beginnings of quilt for my sister’s 40th birthday next year

I was working on the front yesterday, playing with improv triangles and trying to capture the movement of bunting fluttering in the breeze. The horizontal curves and the change in scale of the flags  are working well, although (as usual with my way of working) I did chop off a small section that wasn’t flowing well with the rest. Chopping into your work is about being brave (or laissez faire!) and having the confidence that you’ll improve the design, or at least find it easier to resolve with the bit you’ve just lopped off! I’m still not sure about the bit at the bottom where I started the front; it’s looking a bit too straight now, but I’m happy to leave it for a while and see how it sits as the top grows.

 

'Fete' is a colourful patchwork in progress inspired by bunting. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Detail

Detail of 'Fete', a colourful patchwork quilt in progress, inspired by bunting. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Detail – loving the very mini flags!

Scraps

Using scraps is my favourite way of piecing, but when scraps are pretty much all you work with you find they run out pretty quickly. A lot of the reds I’ve used so far are scraps from older projects, small pieces or scraps that others have kindly shared with me. I’m frustrated that I haven’t got enough scraps for the light background though – I’ve actually had to buy some fabric, eek!  I’m keeping my purchases to around a quarter metre of any one print though to keep the scrappy feel – and I’m getting lots of small scrappy triangle bits in the process for some other project in the future!  What do you do when you’re working with scraps and run low on any particular colour? I’d love to know how you deal with it – just make do and use another colour? Wait and save up more scraps?  Beg, steal and borrow?! I’m considering my options – any advice welcome!

Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com

 

16 replies
  1. Karen Goad
    Karen Goad says:

    I don’t have anyone local to beg scraps from so if I run low on a color I will buy some fat quarters in the colors I want and mix them in

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      I think that’s the way I’m heading too Karen. Mixing it up with small pieces is almost as fun as searching through your scrap bins isn’t it?!

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  2. Sophie
    Sophie says:

    I absolutely love your improv’ triangles and I really can see little flags fluttering. This will be a gorgeous quilt Stephie. I like very much the idea you already prepared the label 😉

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Aw, thanks Sophie, that means a lot 🙂 I don’t know why I made the label first, I was just in the mood I guess. No doubt I’ll still embroider my sister’s name and the date on the back, but that’s not as exciting as doing the needle turn appliqué so will probably be left till last!

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  3. Bossymamma
    Bossymamma says:

    I haven’t yet worked out a way to run short of any colour in my scrap stash! It’s like the never-ending porridge pot – the more I use, the more I end up with. I’ve recently put together three 50″ x 50″ quilt tops using only scraps and I still seem to have loads! 🙂

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Wow, that sounds amazing Dina – and you still have plenty left?!?! I love using scraps, but I’m still a bit of a control freak – I can’t just bung anything together (some people do it so effortlessly, but not me) and I have leanings towards certain colours so they get used up pretty quickly and the rest just sit there languishing. Or get used up ‘inch by inch’ as I try and sneak some bits in here and there 🙂

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  4. Kaja
    Kaja says:

    It’s looking great! I guess fat quarters, or the local charity shop, or sometimes on ebay there are scrap bags. If you want me to have a rummage and see what I can turn up, just let me know.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      I always forget about eBay! I’ve never really enjoyed using it I suppose (unlike Kim who seems to be on there every 5 minutes planning his next investment!), so I just don’t give it a thought. Are charity shops good value where you are? They’re blimmin extortionate here, I keep my eye out but it’s a rare occasion when something useful and reasonably priced comes up. I’m going to buy a few more fat quarters I think – I’ve been pretty self restrained lately, so it’s about time I had some fabric fun!!

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  5. Sandra
    Sandra says:

    Yes, beg, borrow and steal! Actually last week at Retreat a couple of us had the same thought and brought some scraps to share with our Quilty365 circles!

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  6. quiltdivajulie
    quiltdivajulie says:

    Like you, I’m buying smaller quantities of any given fabric so that I have lots to choose from for a scrappy look — too much of one thing causes paralysis! Your label is fabulous — I often start with the back and need to start including the label earlier in the process!

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Hi Julie! Too much of one thing definitely causes paralysis, haha! It’s true though, if there’s too much of anything you can’t see the wood for the trees and mostly just end up stroking the stuff instead of diving in and using it. It’s really interesting that you sometimes start with the back, I think it can be a bit of an afterthought at times. We get so excited by the front and forget that it’s not a two dimensional thing we’re making. I really enjoyed making the label although, I think making it that early on in the process was a bit unusual even for me!

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