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June’s block is bright and breezy bunting on a summery aqua sky. In total you’ll need 4 rows of bunting. These little rows of bunting can be made quickly and easily. Chose from two techniques – the folded “prairie point” method or machine pieced method, instructions for both methods below. The machine pieced method uses less material, while prairie points require less sewing. If you have any left over charm pack squares these are perfect for either method.
(If you missed the first block in our Quilt-along to make a neat little row of beach huts, you can still find it here).
So bring on the bunting!
For the folded “prairie point” bunting you’ll need:
5 – 5” x WOF strips – or 40 charm pack squares
4 - 3½" (11.5cm) x WOF light aqua solid (the solid in the photos is Moda Solids - Ruby Ice no. 9900 169)
4 - 2" (5cm) x WOF light aqua solid
From each 5" strip cut 8 – 5”x 5” squares, to make 40 squares. Put 4 squares aside, we'll be using those in a future block. Makes 4 rows of bunting approx 36" wide x 4½ " wide
Take each square and fold in half diagonally, press – the right side of fabric is outermost. Then fold in half again and press. Click on pics to enlarge
Repeat for the remaining squares, till you have 40 prairie points in total, 8 of each print.
Beginning from the left hand edge of the 3 ½" wide aqua strip, pin the first triangle. Then slot next triangle into fold of first – pin to hold in place.
Continue until you have 9 triangles in a row, then baste to hold each prairie point in place.
Place the 2" aqua strip on top of the prairie points, pin in place then sew, leaving 1cm seam allowance.
Fold back 2" strip and press. Your prairie point bunting is complete!
Now for the machine pieced method - This method does involve more cutting out and sewing, so is a little more time-consuming and technical. Still if you love piecing then this one is for you.
For the machine pieced bunting you’ll need:
10 – 5” squares in selection prints- (Coastal and Daysail used in photos below)
40 – 3" x 4 ½” light aqua - (Moda Bella Solids – Ruby Ice 9900 169)
4 – 2 ½” x 44" white cotton.
Prepare the triangles and rectangles
Slice each 5" square diagonally from corner to corner to make 4 bunting triangles per square. This makes a total of 40 triangles. Measure 2 ¾" from corner of each rectangle, and cut one corner off (see photo).
Place a plain unit and triangle side by side, as shown below. Flip the triangle over onto the plain unit and sew along the line, leaving a ¼" seam allowance.
Repeat, until you have a little pile of bunting units. Press seams towards triangle.
Place 2 bunting units right sides together, sew leaving ¼" seam allowance
Continue, until 10 bunting units are sewn in a long line. Press seams towards triangle.
Fold the 2½" white strip of cotton in half and press to make a long thin strip. Pin along top of bunting strip, matching raw edges. Sew through all 3 layers, leaving approx 1cm seam allowance.
TIP : sew with bunting uppermost, so you can check the stitching is in the correct position - it should intersect where two pieces of bunting meet.
Press seam away from bunting triangles, and your bunting is complete! If you're doing the blocks as part of the Skinny Dippin' Quilt along, you'll have 2 blocks done - the beach huts and bunting, so just two to go!
The next block on our Quilt-along is plain sailing and will be here on the 1st July :)
Till then Happy sewing x