August Rain Quilt Top: Job done!

My August Rain scrappy blue string quilt top is done, woohoo!  This week I’ve finished it up with some borders to frame the centre panel and make it just a little bit larger all round.

'August Rain' blue string patchwork quilt top. © Stephanie Boon, 2014

After the rain

I took these pictures on one of my favourite paths down to the beach but I didn’t manage to get a photo of the whole quilt before it got too dark. I hope you enjoy these ones as much as I do though.

I absolutely love the Kaffe Fassett ‘Poppies‘ fabric in the border, it’s a dream to sew with and compliments the blue strings perfectly.  It’s like seeing rain drenched flowers once the clouds have gone – and they make me seriously happy!

'August Rain' blue string patchwork quilt to (detail) . © Stephanie Boon, 2014

Detail of the border

Since I’d foundation-pieced the strings onto a fine muslin it seemed like a good idea to add muslin to the back of the borders too.  I thought this would make a consistent weight right across the quilt, which should make it easier to quilt by hand. It also means I’ll get the same sort of ‘light-density’ and won’t be able to see the batting/wadding through the borders and nowhere else.

I have big plans for the quilting: big stitch! When I get round to it (a few other projects to get on with first) the quilting will  be diagonal across the centre panel to emphasise the rain and perpendicular to the edges of the quilt in the border. Nice and simple, although I’m thinking about using various coloured perle threads in the borders to echo the scrappiness of the centre. For some reason I can’t get  ‘monbretia orange’ out of my head!

'August Rain' blue string patchwork quilt top. © Stephanie Boon, 2014

Picnic anyone?

I can’t wait to quilt this, but I’m forcing myself to get some other projects moving first. But I’m so excited about about making the binding for this one – I’m sure it’s going to pull the whole thing together and can’t wait to see it happen. Which part of a quilt project do you get most excited by? For me I think it changes with every project, but for August Rain – definitely the binding!

So what are you up to this weekend?  I had a great day in Exeter today with my son (more on that in the next post) and think we might head over to Falmouth to see The Tall Ships on Sunday before he starts college next week – eek! Whatever you’re up to I hope you have great fun and manage to fit in a bit of quality stitching time too!

Linking up with Finish Up Friday with Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts. It’s a great site run by a lovely lady – with some gorgeous, colourful solid blocks going on in her latest post Goodbye Summer (noooo don’t say that!!!!).

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4 replies
  1. Lorna McMahon
    Lorna McMahon says:

    YES! What a gorgeous finish, Stephanie! The border is just right! Sounds like you have been having a great summer. And your son is starting college? How exciting… and scary, all at the same time! My two will both be in high school this fall. Time flies!

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      My son is 16 and he’s just starting 6th form college – I think that what you call college we call uni (18+ yrs), is that right?! You’re so right though, time just flies by – you have to remind yourself to cherish every minute (including every teenage tantrum!!!). It seems like just yesterday I brought him home from hospital with no clue at all what I’d let myself in for, haha! How old are children when they start high school? I hope they enjoying going back – and you too!!! x

  2. sally
    sally says:

    I’ve just left a mammoth comment on your Round the World post, so I’ll try and keep this one a little shorter! But I really love this quilt! I’ve just read the post before and your layout works so well, to turn it into ‘rain’ seems like a moment of inspiration, and generally I don’t pay much attention to quilt names, and don’t usually give mine names, but ‘August Rain’ seems completely perfect for this one and to me personally really does add something to the quilt too.

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks so much Sally. I love titles for some reason – maybe it’s got something to do with all the art making? I’m looking forward to quilting this one very much, but I’m forcing myself to get a few other things finished first. Who invented delayed gratification…I’ve got a few words for him!


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