Something different – bunting and a quilt! Part two

Whilst the bunting preparation was underway, each member of staff was given a square of plain fabric to personalise for the school’s retiring administrator and then I stitched them all together to make a small quilt. It was going to be a wall hanging and then a table runner but with 30 personalised squares it ended up being too big (too big to get a decent picture – Yes, that is Missy holding it over the banister in the last photo in an attempt to get a full length shot!) so I’m calling it a quilt!

I loved working on this project and finding out the stories behind each person’s square.



This was my square. I love this quote! I think it sums up working in a school perfectly! And patience is definitely a quality that our Administrator has in abundance.

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Again, because it was my first time making such a thing and time was tight I didn’t want to overstretch myself but over complicating the process.

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I stitched together rows of 3 squares, separated with a little Laura Ashley fabric (a curtain). I alternated the squares and patterned fabric in each row because I knew I’d never be able to get the joins to line up, so why give myself that problem in the first place!

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Once I’d created the rows, I joined them together, stitching them directly onto the batting material at the same time. So I only quilted along the horizontal joins of the quilt.

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And then, because I didn’t have the time to get the bias binding wrong, I simply sewed a backing panel on (the lining from the Laura Ashley curtain!), right sides together, leaving an opening for turning and then stitched the opening shut.

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Now, it’s by no means anywhere near perfect (just look at the tension and puckering on those squares) and it’s not at all square, but I think it turned out pretty awesome for a first attempt and most importantly the intended recipient loved it!

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What do you think?

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7 thoughts on “Something different – bunting and a quilt! Part two

  1. Clare says:

    I think it looks fantastic Sam. So much work goes in to things like this, a real keepsake. I bet she loved it. What a shame she is retiring, such a wonderful person, an asset to the school. Now for your next patchwork project/labour of love?

    • PatternPiper says:

      Thanks Clare! She did like it, yes – phew! The place won’t be the same without her. Hopefully I’ll take a bit more time with my next patchwork project and be able to make a proper patchwork quilt x

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