Here in the UK alot of people are making rainbows to display in their windows, something bright and cheerful in these dark times. Children have drawn them, painted them, quilters have made blocks or even whole quilts. One of my friends made a length of bunting to go in the window, it looked fab!
My initial thought was that I didn’t have much in the way of rainbow colours – I don’t tend to go for bright primary colours in quilts. Then I remembered I have red and green – for Christmas! I have some yellow as Freddie at work wanted a yellow scrub hat…I must have some pink and purple and a bit of blue…
I started pulling out fat quarters from my stash, they’re not all bright, but all together I felt I had enough. The deciding factor was finding a roll of inch wide cotton tape left from last time I made bunting!
I dug out May Martin’s book which includes a quick way of making bunting, I had to adapt it as it’s meant for half yard lengths of fabric and mine were all sorts of shapes and sizes, but basically you draw on the triangles, diamond fashion, then stitch either side of the line right across the fabric, you can then just cut them up between the stitching lines. It’s certainly quick, even with a bit of dawdling I made over 50 pennants over the afternoon in about eight different colours, 16 different fabrics. Even turning them and pressing them didn’t seem to take too long. They’re not perfectly made by a long stretch, there’s joins mid triangle, my seamsceratinly weren’t overly straight, one fabric is even inside out, but when they’re fluttering in the breeze no one will notice!
Yesterday evening I stitched them all onto the tape, working my way through the colours and the different sides of the fabric. At a rough estimate I think it’s about 30m long!
This morning, feeling a little conspicuous, I went out and tied it up. It starts at our bedroom window – I looped it over the handle and then through it out! I then had to keep throwing it over the bushes to get it to where I wanted, round the telegraph pole, which conveniently has a metal bit which will stop it slipping down. It then goes across the front to the fir tree, I wish I could have got it a bit higher but that was all I could reach. I then headed back towards the house, I was hoping to get to the drainpipe but I was about 2′ short, so it’s stopped on a buddleja instead. Maybe when someone a bit taller helps (at a distance!!) I’ll be able to move everything along a bit so it will reach.
The weather even provided a good breeze to make it flutter! The neighbour opposite has already commented how much it cheered her up, in the photo you can also just see the children’s painting nextdoor – an awesome rainbow 🙂 It will make my OH smile too when he gets home from work, he once admitted he loves a bit of bunting!