Thursday, September 9, 2010

Charity Quilt Back

I finished piecing the back of the charity quilt on Tuesday and got the quilt basted last night. I normally wouldn't do so much piecing, but I didn't have enough yardage for a solid backing and wanted to try to pull some fabric from my stash. The only extra fabric I bought for the project was the blue swirls yardage for the borders on the top (with leftovers for the back) and the multi-squares that I used on the back.


Since I knew I didn't have enough yardage for a solid back, I started sketching out a design, using some of the leftover triangles from the quilt top. I've realized that I use a scant 1/4 inch seam. That's definitely something to keep in mind when I sketch designs out in the future.


I pulled this orange from my stash, which was leftover from a pillow project earlier in the year. The two shades of orange work well with the oranges in the Frolic line. After piecing this together, it looked like a cute little table runner. I don't use them at my house, but it gave me even more ideas for Christmas presents (like I need more ideas...I already have too many ideas for projects than time to get them made before Christmas).


Here's my little helper trying to hold up part of the backing. (He's starting all-day preschool on Monday and I'm going to be making him a cute little lunch sack and matching reusable sandwich/snack bags - more on that to come.)

The brown is a Kona cotton (I can't remember the exact color) that I bought months ago to go with the jellyroll sampler quilt. Since I didn't end up making the full 12 blocks in the quilt-along, I had plenty of brown fabric to spare. It matched the Frolic line pretty well, but also reminded me of a pair of polyester pants my grandma used to wear.

There's a thin strip between the bottom blue and brown strips. It was a leftover jellyroll strip that I didn't use for the top so I cut it in half lengthwise to add a little separation between the blue and brown.


Do you remember my label debate? After much thought, I decided to go with handwritten labels for a couple reasons. One, it's easier to personalize the quilt because I can write the name of the quilt and who the quilt is for. And two, I think it will be neat to preserve a bit of me in my handwriting. As an added bonus, it will be good to practice my hand-drafting skills that I haven't really used since my interior design college days.


I hope to start the quilting tonight. If I plan this right, I'll be able to finish up the quilt by the first of next week and hand it off to my brother-in-law for the auction.

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13 comments:

Kristy Lou said...

Brooke - What kind of pen did you use for the label? DO you think it will withstand washing a lot? I am curious because I am having the same debate about labels, but I REALLY like how yours turned out. - Kristy

KQuiltyBee said...

Nice finish--I love the handwritten label.

Leslie said...

this back is so gorgeous it could be a front. i love the color combination together.

Aunt Spicy said...

I loved piece backs, that is a fabulous one!!!

p.s.phyllis sews said...

Great work planning out the back!!! I am really impressed!!

Haylee said...

I love it. You did such a beautiful job.

Sarcastic Quilter said...

I think you worked it out very well. I can never get my sketches to come together with my thoughts so I've given up trying. Yours, however, gives me hope. :)

P. said...

Very nicely done! I had to go check out the charity quilt top front too. It's going to look great together.

Karen said...

I do hand written labels. I also attach them before quilting (mostly). Your backing has turned out beautifully. My helper isn't very good at following instructions. He gets distracted too easily.

Nina... said...

Very nice and I love the colors, they match your blog. The handwritten tag is a sweet touch.

Michelle said...

That is one pretty backing!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

I love pieced backs and this one is wonderful!

ktquilts said...

Love pieced backs!! They are like bonus quilts!!!

Beautiful!!

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