When you look at the front of a "quiet" quilt do you expect the back to match? Or do you anticipate the possibility of a surprise?
I'm sometimes indecisive about quilt backs: should they "match" the feeling of the front or should they be a surprise -- almost a second quilt? Is it better to have two options with one quilt or better to have unity between front and back? (High Five for Brenna is so bright and colorful that I suggested a calm fabric for the back. I thought if she got tired of the bright front she could turn it over and have a calm quilt.)
The front of this quilt, below, (which I'm calling Center Light for now) is laid out behind the red-flowered and the creamy fabrics. Are the fabrics in front too bright for a back to this quilt? Too surprising?
The two fabrics on the left, below, are options for the back along with the fabric with red flowers. The cream on the lower left almost matches the cream flowers in the fabric on the right except for its olive green leaves, which don't go with the 1940s green of the leaves on the fabric at the right. If I ignore the olive green, the fabrics would work together. Hmmm. Can I ignore that olive green?
I thought about using just cream for the back but I don't have enough of any one fabric (and maybe not enough of several fabrics together) and I was hoping to be able to use fabric from my stash.
All of this brings me to a question: does it do justice to a quilt to make do, possibly using less than the best (perfect?) choice of fabric in order to use up stash, in order not to spend more money on fabric? (One of these days I'm going to die and there will be all this fabric left. I'm trying to use it up!)
These are things I'm thinking about as I consider fabric for the back of this quilt. I welcome any thoughts you have.
I hope you're having a great weekend.