Monday, February 14, 2011

Blocks of Sunshine | Summer Duvet

Time for a summer project to brighten up a dreary winter! 

I have a confession to make.

I've been hording scraps of fun cotton fabric for the last two years. Any time I've got remnants that could be cut down into a 6" or 12" square, I held on to it. Wadders, ugly men's shirts from Goodwill, project leftovers... I held on to EVERYTHING. As you can imagine, when you're thinking about making a pieced duvet covers, that's a lot of stash to hoard. It was time for a little summer sewing!

Duvet, back. The original cover was all horizontally striped. Cute, but boring after ten years of use. Time to switch it up!
I've been using the original, cabana striped duvet in the summertime for over 10 years and I love it! The cabana stripes are so fun and they make me think of warmer weather in Mexico or Hawaii. I enjoy the bold colour scheme. Those stripes even inspired some really fun art that I hung elsewhere in the house.

Duvet, Front... or is it?
I enjoy the new combination even more than I thought I would. The addition of the new scrap fabrics adds a lot of interest, and because the back had to be pieced as well, the duvet is now reversible. So if I get bored of one side, I'll just flip it. Yay for unintended coolness! Yay for using up what I had in the stash, too!

This wasn't a fast project by any means, but it's a very satisfying one. I'll be proud to have it cover my bed for at least the next 10 years.


  1. I enjoy patchwork sewing. All the fun of picking colour and print, none of the headaches of fitting! Yours is a ray of sunshine!

  2. Love, love, LOVE!

    Is it time for second breakfast yet?

  3. Oh wow this is GORGEOUS! I'm sure you will never get bored with this one!

  4. Absolutely LOVE IT!!