Greetings readers! I have not made many quilt seams in the last few days. But I have made some big ones. I decided to pull from my shelf the completed quilt tops I have and try to match them up with my current fabrics in my stash for the backings.
I finished this top in November and plan to make it the first quilt I quilt in 2021. After looking through my fabric selection on hand, I had to fork out the dollars and found this backing fabric.
This has a dark contrast with lovely blue accents in a rather loud pattern. Perfect for a backing. How did I choose this backing? I trolled the internet for several days, and found what I wanted. How does one really know what they want? Sometimes I really have not a clue. There is really so much variety in fabrics. You could probably scroll online for days in search of that perfect cut of fabric. In this case, my search did not take days, but I certainly visited many sites trying to find the “one”. It brings all the colors of the top to the back, except for the gray. I really wanted fabric that was predominately black. Why you ask? On my quilting machine, my machine likes the same matchy matchy thread in the top and bottom. So since this top has a good majority of black, probably will quilt this in black. I am not going to do any custom quilting on this and am going to practice the art of the pantograph on this one. I need to get more rehearsed in this, especially if I decided to quilt for others. Pantos are the bread and butter of the quilting industry. Time wise, it will make me the most money.
Another quilt top needing finishing is the Brown Ribbon Quilt which is hot off the featherweight.
My backing selection for this knew I did not want to go neutral. Since this is so scrappy, I knew most of my yardage I have in my stash would make a severely pieced backing. As a longarmer, pieced backing can cause issues with quilting, from going through an extra 8 layers of fabric, to quilt hammock and therefore puckers on the back. Those of you who can manage to piece a backing in more than 2 or three pieces, my hats off to you. My set up is persnickety and therefore not ideal for me. So no to neutral. What about brown? I knew I had some yardage of brown, but none of them were big enough. I dug all through my totes, and figured out that none of them would work. I did purchase a large piece of brown yardage for black friday and forgot about that. It was not yet put up in the tote yet. So the backing is now one large piece, cut, then seamed. This is what I had in my stash. Not crazy about it, but it works. The fabric did not “speak” to me, but I am trying to use what I have on hand for this in keeping with the scrappiness of this. I counted the pieces in this quilt by the way, it has more than 2200. THAT is A LOT of scraps!
Again this will probably be pantograph quilted with a camel color thread that will blend in with the browns as well as the neutrals.
And then I came across this top, which I kind of forgot about.
This quilt has lots of oranges, pinks, and reds, which really run all together. So I found some plaid orange and black. Not perfect at all, but because I do not really like this quilt, I definately do not want to spend any money on it, so I am using a piece of fabric that was given to me. It is soft as it is homespun. It would make a beautiful Halloween shirt. It really goes with nothing I have, it was just a large continuous piece that would work for what I have. I have now pieced this backing with one seam and it is ready to be quilted. Again, going panto, and will probably find a very simple panto that will be quick. Funny how much effort you can put towards a project like this and then you don’t really like it as much as you like the others you have stitched and it does not fill your heart with love so you treat like it less than your other quilts.
So the process of choosing backings varies greatly with how much you like the quilt. If you think the quilt is ugly, you may treat it like cinderella and give it a mop bucket for backing. Or you can look for days for the right fabric and find it. Through the years, I have waited years to find the right fabric. And never regretted the long decision. You may want a large pattern for the backing, you may want a whole cloth quilt look, you may use what you have. You may have something that does not even match. All these scenarios work. Ultimately, you use what will work for you.
So now I have three ready for the longarm. All my tops were re-ironed and carefully folded and put in my project bag to quilt soon. I will have to wait for the weather to warm up. Usually there is a warm snap in January or February where the weather gets close to 80, which would work great. I still need to finish my Opal Dream Big panel as it is currently on the machine. I have a couple of passes to go on that and will finish it rather quickly.
In the meantime I will work in 365 quilt blocks in when I can. I was able to get one more corner block done as well as a small 3 inch block. Love them both!
This large corner block turned out far better than I thought it would. I really want to sew all these big corner blocks now as my pieces of fabrics are getting on the small side and I do not want to purchase more fabric for this quilt. I have had enough of the reds and burgundies and will not be making a red quilt in the near future. Kind of sick of seeing red. I only lack a couple months worths of blocks and will be done. 60ish blocks that is all. I am so close! Yet so far.
It will happen when it happens. It looks like overtime is coming again, soooooo, probably nothing to post here for a bit. I will update my blog as time allows.
Thanks readers for reading my blog!