Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Work In Progress & Creative Space Tag

The Wrens & Friends quilt was loaded Sunday evening, and I started work on it. A pass or two, and I was off to bed. Monday afternoon I was back at it, but imagine my shock at how fast the looping went. By the time I was really relaxed and on a roll, it was over!

I didn't want an edge-to-edge on this quilt so I did straight lines on the border. It was loaded horizontally in the machine so the longest sides were at the top and bottom. With those done, I had to unpin the quilt from the machine, and turn it. Re-pin the quilt again at the top and bottom, and a quick finish. I didn't mark anything, but instead eyed the spacing by the flower print. Minor adjustments at seams kept things even.

On final inspection here below, I found one place I had 'pin tucked' the fabric. It will stay, but I know how to prevent it the next time I have to turn a quilt. My daughter won't mind. She's just thrilled it's almost ready. 

I'm tickled at how sweet the backing turned out. What do you think? Have you ever worked with a border print before?

I hope your works in progress and UFO's piles are getting smaller. Remember the end of the second quarter is approaching for any Finish Up link ups you may be involved in. I'm hoping to have this off my list by then, too.

Today's Creative Space Tag comes to you by Ruth at Charley & Ben's Crafty Corner. I loved her post today! Do visit. I'm so thankful for all of you that have joined in on this. So many have said they had no idea it would be so fun! Let me know if you're interested by sending me an email or using the contact form in the sidebar.

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  1. The back of your quilt is just as cute as the front. Is it two pieces of fabric pieced together? I have to admit when it comes to backings, I usually just choose a wide backing fabric similar to my front and run with it. But this is so sweet that it makes me think maybe I should put some more thought into it.

    1. Tish,

      This is a 44/45" border fabric by Moda. I had thought it would be so cute to have a reversible side to the quilt, and could envision it hanging off the sides of the bed to show it off. This was before my plan to longarm quilt it, and I was trying to figure out how to make it all work while allowing the extra inches necessary for shrinkage, etc. I had already cut the 5.5-6 yards in half, and was laying it on the table when I accidentally laid it with borders mirroring each other instead of on the edges. I thought it looked so much better that way, and even gave a stripe-like effect down the center of the backing. I couldn't believe it hadn't entered my mind before, but I think it was the better choice.

      I'm glad you like it. I think pieced backings are the bomb! They add that surprise element, and even a mediocre top can be carried with an awesome backing. As Emeril says, "Bam! Let's kick it up a notch!"


  2. Love the back of the quilt. I've never used border prints in a quilt before, but I've used them in table cloths and also when making skirts back in the seventies and eighties. I've noticed that border prints are making a bit of a come back. I like the idea of using them in a quilt!

  3. Hey I love you idea of using a border print on the back! I'm sooo going to do that! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. The quilting looks so good - it's as if you and Axel have been together forever! Great work!

  5. Your quilting is beautiful. I haven't tried that loop type quilting yet but must soon.

  6. Wonderful looking quilt, I love the backing fabric. Your daughter will love it I'm sure.

  7. love the backing, very clever! The quilting looks lovely and I loved Wren and Friends

  8. I have a little bit of that border print in my stash trying to see what to do with it - not big enough for a backing though which looks brilliant! thanks for the shout out!

  9. so cute, I love the border print. I've never used one, but I really like what you did with yours.

  10. I like changing up the quilting in the borders, too. How fun that your creative sewing space post idea continues to grow. :)


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