Sunday, April 12, 2009

Basting Saturday

Yesterday, I spent the day making backs and basting a couple of quilts that I have in progress.

The first one was the top that I showed a couple of weeks ago.....I am really pleased with how it turned out.



However, the back is probably the ugliest one in all of history. I decided to try Bonnie Hunter's (http://www.quiltville.com/) idea of cutting scrap fabrics into 10-1/2 inch squares and piecing them together to form the back.

Well, the first thing that I learned is that not all fabrics will allow you to get four 10.5 inch squares out of one width. I think that I will use 9.5 or 10 inch squares next time.

The second thing that I learned is that you need to be a bit more careful in selecting colors for these squares......I think that I had too much variety in color and print design.

As I pieced these squares into strips, I realized that I had not done a wonderful job of cutting the squares and some of the sides didn't line up properly. SO, after I had pieced each strip, I put it on the cutting board and evened the edges up....making the square not EXACTLY square.

I knew that I didn't want to match seams, so I sewed the ends of the strips together into a circle and then randomly cut in the middle of one of the squares. I took them out to my garage (the only place that gives me enough open floor space) and decided on a decent pattern.




My NEXT mistake came in sewing these rows together......I apparently put one (or maybe two) of the rows together backwards and ended up with a whole series of squares of the same color together. Oh well.....it is only the back!!!!

I used Hobbs Fusible Batting to put this quilt together. Now I have to leave it for a few weeks until I get a brilliant idea for how to quilt it......I would welcome any ideas.

2 comments:

SandyQuilts said...

Interesting.

I, myself, like to make the off-center 4 patch from
http://maryquilts.com

maggi said...

Thanks for this advice. I am just contemplating a pieced back for a quilt so this will come in handy.

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