Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Playtime: the bunting

I kept busy over the weekend working on my Playtime quilt (a fabulous BOM design from American Jane Patterns). This month's block was a row of gumdrop bunting that goes along the top of the quilt. I did it a little differently from the instructions, and I thought I'd share my process.

This is the template for the bunting shape:

bunting template
The way the instructions would have one do it, you'd create a number of finished circles (much in the same way as I prepared the ball previously) and then you'd cut them into quarters and then pair them together to create the gumdrops. The problem with that is that, unless one wanted only 4 different colors in the bunting (which is not how it is pictured on the pattern), there would be a lot of wasted quarters. So I did it differently.

stitched squares
I cut sixteen 4" squares and eight 1" x 4" strips from a variety of fabrics and then stitched them together as shown in the photo above: square - strip - square. Then I cut eight 4.5" x 8.5" rectangles from a thin, white muslin.

tracing the template
I put the muslin on top of the template and traced a half circle. The muslin was super cheap thin, so I didn't even need a lightbox for tracing.

stitch on the line
I put the muslin and the stitched squares right sides together, being careful to center the muslin on the squares, and then stitched on the traced line.

trimming the half-circle
Next, I trimmed, leaving about 1/4" seam allowance.

turning the shape right side out
Then I turned it right side out, pressed,

trimming the gumdrop to size
and trimmed the top edge down to size.

finished gumdrop shape
Ta-da! A finished gumdrop.

gumdrop close-up
Then it was all a matter of appliqueing them to the background and adding the cherry on top (or below?).

The finished block:

Playtime: gumdrop bunting block
It's 6.5" wide and 66" long.

With that completed, I was able to put together the whole top 1/3 of the quilt!

Playtime: the top third pieced together
Yay, progress!


  1. I love it! You are so creative :)

  2. You clever thing you! It's so adorable.

  3. This is going to be really cute!

  4. How cool is that. You are so smart. Love the progress you have made so far. You should be very proud. It is lovely.

  5. Those look really awesome! It's nice to see that whole section put together. That's going to be one sweet quilt!

  6. That is crazy cute! Makes me wish I had a little one again. Only for a second though. LOL

  7. Ooooh! So cute! But you know how much I love this quilt. LOVE!

  8. Very fun!!! I need to be bold enough to try circle!!

  9. absolutely gorgeous girl! I love it!!! :)