Somehow thinking of the back of the quilt as a whole new quilt changes the process to an enjoyable one for me. It also makes me ponder how the quilting I choose will affect the finished design of the front and back.
So let us take some time. For the next two weeks of the Value Quilt Along we’ll be turning to the back. We’ve had the crud run through our home and need to take things slow. It’s stormy, gloomy and the kid is sick. A true formula for a day of sewing.
I’ve really enjoyed looking through everyone’s quilt backs in the new Flickr Group. Thanks to those of you that joined and the bloggers that spread the word. It is truly quite an impressive collection!
I myself only came up with the few photos here of quilt backs. Both simple baby blankets for friends with simple backs. I’m a huge fan of flannel for backing and have a plan for integrating it on my Value Quilt back.
I have a bit done on mine for my Value Quilt and will save it for some sneak peeks when there is a brighter day.
I did finish up my second block for my month at Ten Makes Two. The blocks produced so far are amazing. Pop over and take a look!
If you haven’t made yourself a mini design wall yet, I highly recommend it. It’s perfect for piecing blocks like this.
The plan is for two quilts.
One red and turquoise:
One oranges, blues and greens sort of:
nice blocks! and so funny you should mention your mini design wall – I just made myself the same thing a few days ago. now i’m wondering why i waited so long! 🙂
Couldn’t live without my design wall. I usually always make pieced backs for my quilt, so much fun. Really like your colorful blocks.
I’m tying to think more abut my quilt backs now – it does make a huge difference to the quilt front having a flip side. Can’t wait to see what you do for the value quilt!
I think I may be one of the few left without a design wall! Anyday now I will get my finger out and wonder how I ever did without. Maybe then I can get experimental about my quilt backs too!!
Leigh Hansen says
mini design wall – great idea! i’ve been trying to figure out how i could make a portable (or temporary) design wall as I do not have a sewing room or a good wall for a permanent one. so this is a good substitute until i figure something like that out. thanks.
i also love your string blocks’ coloring. they are really gorgeous!
Glad to see you’re making the most out of this awful, stormy weather since you have to be home with kiddo.
Can’t wait to see your finished back, it’s already great! Miss you!
Cheryl Arkison says
Yay for pieced backs! I spend almost as much time thinking about the back as the front on some quilts. Fabric choice and placement do matter, especially when it comes to the quilting. For example, if you have a lot of seams on the front, I personally, don’t like a lot of seams on the back. Reduce my chances for needle skips when quilting.
Your pieced backs look amazing. I’ve just started piecing mine in a deliberate fashion and it is so much fun. Sometimes I even like the back better than the front!!
I love seeing the backs of quilts! You’re right – they should be highlighted and celebrated more!
Thanks for posting about quilt backs. It’s great to be able to get ideas and inspiration from more experienced quilters. And I love the quality of your piecing. It looks absolutely perfect.