I finished my Trail Mix quilt ages ago and I was supposed to drop it off to Colleen at Elite Quilting to be quilted…in August. Well, August has come and gone. And so has September. It just needs a backing and I have procrastinated long enough! So I am determined to get this quilt and backing to Colleen by the end of October. Always good to have a goal to aim toward!
At first, I was just going to sew a backing together using a lovely beige fabric that has maps printed on it. I had a sizable amount in my cupboard so….why not? So I cut myself 2 pieces the length of the quilt (plus 10″) and was getting all set to sew them together and be done with it. But then I remembered a few orphan blocks I have had kicking around for a while. A really long while. I thought it might be nice to incorporate them into the background.
These are the blocks I decided to use. I was just going to sew a beige sashing in between each block and call it a day. Cross if off my To-Do List.
Ok….but then I found a box of half-log cabin blocks and some interesting sashings leftover from a project that I don’t really remember. I thought they would add an interesting touch.
A while ago I decided to make a quilt using the Bear’s Paw block. I made 4 blocks and decided…..um I am not sure what I decided but I just didn’t make any more blocks. I just thought it would be nice if they were being used for something more than just a cat bed!
Then I thought….”I know I have some more blocks kicking around. I wonder where they are?” I found them and added them to the quilt backing.
I noticed I had a few blocks with the fabric left over from the quilt I made my Mom. So, of course I had to incorporate them into the backing. This is a post I wrote about my Mom’s quilt.
To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun playing with my fabrics!
Have you given any thought about going to the Academy of Applique in February? I hope you will take the time to visit the website and check out all the super-talented teachers. Just to be included in this group of awesome teachers makes me break out in goosebumps! I am so excited to be teaching at the Academy and being able to share everything (and I mean everything!) I know about hand-applique. Won’t you join us?
Til next time….
14 thoughts on “Making a Quilt Backing”
I loved this article. Thanks for sharing
Oh my!! I am thinking that your “backing” is going to warrant having its own “backing”. Love how this is coming together. Beautiful!! Love the Trail Mix quilt top too!
Thanks so much!
I too think it is the makings of another quilt front. Far too nice to put on a back!
Ha Ha funny you should say that. I thought the same thing!
Your post made me smile. What a fun afternoon. I enjoy that also. I save my extra blocks and when I have enough, I sew them into a donation quilt. Enjoy yourself! Lane
Hi Lane: What a great idea for orphan blocks:)
Play is a good thing!!!! It helps if your scraps and orphans or basically the same color family.
I have seriously thought about making quilts with fronts and backs as different quilts. Double the fun and have the space! I have several wall hangings and table runners that are made to switch back to front .
So true! Why not use up all those fabrics:)
its looking really lovely! and nice to see your ‘helper’ there in the pics 🙂
Nice quilting! Love your kitty helper ♥
Thanks! Bruin is such a big help: