Sunday, January 4, 2015

Three Things

ONE.  I'm hoping not to buy more fabric until I've used more (much, much more) of the fabric I have.

TWO.  I need to layer a quilt and begin hand quilting.  I'm at a loss without handwork and I finished the most recent quilt nearly a month ago.  The one above is the next to be quilted.

THREE.   I don't have a piece of fabric large enough for the back of this top (or any of my finished tops).  This means I'll be piecing a back from fabrics I have on hand, including cotton and linen, yardage and pieces.  I think it will be almost like making a second quilt top.  It's the first time I've tried piecing a back from only "scraps."

These are the fabric possibilities.  The photo's a little dark but I hope you get the idea.

It's always hard to choose backing fabric when the fabric in the quilt top is so varied, especially if I don't want a plain fabric.  Even though the top has all pale fabrics, there's a variety of colors - cream, pink, blue, tan, white, and colors between.

It should be fun.  It will feel like a huge success if I can sew small, medium, and large pieces of irregular-shaped fabric into one large back that lies flat (that may be the hardest part) and looks appealing.

Wish me luck!

I'm linking to Design Wall -- January 5, 2015 at Patchwork Times.  Thanks, Judy.



  1. Good luck with you backs. I pieced a couple of large backs last Fall. I cut 8 1/2 inch strips and pieced them staggering a long strip with a shorter one. Worked great and used up,a bunch of fabric.

    1. What a great idea, Mayme. Maybe that will work for the pieces I have. I hope to keep them as large as possible (and thereby have fewer seams to quilt through). Thanks for the suggestion.l

  2. What a great quilt! Love all those scraps. Is that a Sunday morning quilt?
    Have fun making the back

  3. That's a gorgeous quilt top! It'll be great to see whatever you do with the backing and eventually the quilting.


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