Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Quilt backings, and a new scrap quilt

Here are some quickly made and pretty terrible snapshots of the backings I made yesterday. This one is for the first quilt I made from the Christmas lights blocks shown here. I used a large Debbie Mumm snowman print and leftover green and red to stretch 3 1/2 yards of fabric large enough to back a 66" x 72" quilt. It kinda looks better in person! It's off-center for a reason, because you never know exactly how the longarm quilter is going to load it on the machine and it's hard to get a motif perfectly centered. This way, it doesn't matter.
And this one is for the second quilt made from Christmas lights, second quilt shown here. Seventy-two 10" squares taken from leftovers from the front and coordinating green, red, black and cream from the stash. As my husband said, that's not a backing, that's another quilt. Amen.
This backing is for the new one that finally got borders added yesterday. I had 5 1/2 yards of fabric and it was going to take every bit for the backing. The stripe is to replace 8" of fabric I borrowed from one length for the border. (The stripe's off-center a little bit, too.)
And here's the quilt:
I think it's very pretty and it's going on my guest bed. The pattern really appealed to me, which was a surprise because the blocks were rather large. Each star shape is made of four 8" blocks. The fabric's a Moda collection called "Morris Workshop" and the colors are exactly my style - muted "foggy" tones.
I promise, better photographs after they're quilted.


paula, the quilter said...

The first backing is very similar to the way I make my backings. I never seem to have enough of one fabric, ergo I have to stretch. The 10" squares is one I have thought of trying but then I wouldn't be able to use it for a back 'cause it is actually a front. The blue star quilt is very pretty.

Suzan said...

Blue star quilt is lovely.

Linda_J said...

Pretty quilt for the guest bed---looks soft and aged.

I am going to have do a pieced back for one of my recent quilt efforts--possibly with 12 leftover pieced blocks. Thanks for the inspiration!

Linda said...

Your backs are great. I agree with hubby, another quilt. When you get tired of looking at one side, turn it over! Your Christmas quilts turned out very lovely. Both of them look great. I also like that star quilt...I love those muted colors too. You've been a busy little quilter. Hugs, Linda