If you are going to stitch them together to create a cool backing fabric, you need to keep a few things in mind as you assemble it.
- Tight stitches as your backing fabric will be rolled onto rollers and stretched by your long arm quilter.
- It will be stretched and pulled, so there may be some wavy seams that you weren't expecting on the back of your quilt. I'm OK with them, because I know why they are there.
- Your backing fabric for a long arm quilter is at least 10 inches larger and wider, so put the pieces you want on your back in the center sections of the quilt - not all the way out to the edges.
- Try not to have too many bias seams, as those will stretch and get wavy on the back side of your quilt.
- If you are having special quilting on your quilt it might look really weird on the back of your quilt, if you have completely different design blocks on the back. I would suggest an overall quilting if you do a pieced backing. That will look best on both sides.
- Ask yourself will my pieced backing enhance or distract from the beautiful front of the quilt? This is important as you have put a lot of work into your quilt top and you want to be happy with the finished quilt.
- Make more blocks.
- Sew the pieces together in a new block design.
- Sew the pieces together in rows.
- Add another solid color. Use it to border the leftover pieces and partial blocks.
Then I added long blue strips in between the rows and added some to the ends of the short rows.
Then auditioned fabrics to attach to the sides. I liked this one best.
I started quilting it today and hope to finish it by tomorrow. I will post photos later in the week of the completed quilt. I am taking this quilt with me for show and tell, this weekend, to a quilt retreat in Belmont, Wisconsin. I started the mystery quilt at that retreat 2 or 3 years ago. The quilt Retreat is hosted by Quilts by Barb.
Previous posts about my Think outside the BLOCK Quilt.
I had fun sewing the pieces together to create a backing, but on most of my quilts I use the Extra wide backing fabrics.
I carry 30 backing fabrics in stock and they can be ordered through my online store. On weekdays, I ship out your fabric within 24 hours. You can order a sample package of all 30 fabrics (5 inch squares) for matching your colors.
Back to quilting...
Think Outside the BLOCK Quilt - Oct. 30, 2011
Extra Wide Fabrics
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