Sometimes…er, many times…okaay, MOST of the time the back of my quilt is an afterthought. All of my excitement and energy is focused on the quilt top and when the top is finished, I want to quilt it NOW.
I’ll have fleeting thoughts while stitching the top about what fabric I want on the back, but I’m not the type of quilter who generally purchases my backing ahead of time, unless I’ve purchased a kit.
Being a long-arm quilter, I do keep in mind the color of thread I’ll be quilting my top with because that’s the color I will have in my bobbin. Beyond that, and especially in the last year, since I’ve knocked out 14 quilt patterns in nine months, time is the biggest factor I considered when choosing a backing.
Maybe that seems haphazard and disorganized, but, on the up-side, I have to say my backings have gotten more interesting in the last year!
Take Something’s Brewing, for example. Definitely time was a factor because it was a seasonal quilt I was designing in the fall. So as to not completely miss out on the current season, I had to get her done! Here’s what I did to use what I had on hand: Instant Bargello.
One of my favorite quilting books is called Instant Bargello by Susan Kisro. I grabbed some scraps and did three little columns of that technique which gave me enough width for the backing. It was fun and fast!
Those prairies points proved a bit sentimental for me because one of the fabrics was a Debbie Mumm which belonged to my mother-in-law, Pat. I have little bits of her fabrics in a lot of my #usebothsides quilts.
Something’s Brewing with the label, too. It just couldn’t be a square label. A shout-out to my friend, Mary, for encouraging me to put a little character into my labels! Notice it’s using the reverse side? (wink)
Do you have interesting back ideas? Please share in the comments section!
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