Tuesday, December 18, 2012

What was I thinking…..

On Monday, I planned to get the backing ready so that I could start quilting on the Flower Pot quilt.  Since I didn’t have any fabric pieces that were big enough for the back, I decided that I would piece one together.

I initially wanted an accent strip so made a stripe using strips from my 2-1/2 inch drawer along with some from a Jelly Roll that I bought long ago…..

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OK….good start.

Next I found some samples that I had made when I was teaching a mini class on using Elmer’s Glue as a dye resist.  The class had to be postponed and never was rescheduled so I still had all of the samples….

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I spent about an hour washing out the glue (it had REALLY dried in the past 3 years and took a lot of soaking and scrubbing) and getting the fabric ready to use. 

Then I started adding different lengths of fabric, trying to come up with a pleasing arrangement.   Here is the final……

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I am not SUPER happy with it, but at least, after SIX hours, it is finished!!!!

I spent some time online looking at other quilter’s backs and think that my main problem is that I tried to use too many different fabrics.  It would have been better for me to have one or two much larger pieces, and only have one or two “accent” pieces.  

That realization also means that I need to start buying larger pieces of fabric when I see ones that are good for backs.

On with the quilting…….

4 comments:

Karen said...

Pieced backs are a great way to use extra fabric. I enjoy making them. I like the way your backing looks!

Maggi said...

Very effective. Those glue pieces are stunning.

Anita Heady Fiber Arts, LLC said...

I like the piece of fabric on the bottom left in the photo. Did you dye that?

One long narrow piece at the top in the photo (near the door) would be cool. I really like the piano keys and what's below that.

Good job!

Debora said...

It's always fun to find something more than a single piece of fabric on the back. I like it, especially since you were able to make it happen with what you already had in your stash.

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