A few weeks ago I showed this quilt that I had started pretty much spur of the moment.
At 64″ square I thought that was a little small. And I still had a ton of squares so I planned a border to bring it up to a better size.
With the borders the quilt is now 76″ square. Thinking about backing, it occurred to me that a giant starflower block (a la Jeni Baker’s tutorial) would be exactly the right size AND could be made with FQ which would use up more stash.
I went through the stash and the bins and found this FQ set I won last year from Molli Sparkles.
But alas! These FQ measured 18″ – 18.5″ and I needed 20″ FQ to yield 19″ HST, for a 76″ quilt top. I didn’t have enough similar fabric to add borders to make it big enough and besides, these fabrics are very blue and too different from my quilt top and this was really stressing me out so I just stopped.
Went through the stash again, looking for yardage or 20″ FQ.
Better. And wow, what a random bunch of ugly fabric right? Five of these above were from other people and one was free, so I only paid real money for three of these. Anyway…
Didn’t really want to buy fabric but truly didn’t have two metres of anything suitable. Fabricland, 7$/m. I love how the darkest stripe echoes the dark stripe on the front of the quilt.
Laid out for a test run. Perfect – this suits the vintage/beige/ugly/random quilt top quite well I think.
I made the backing yesterday morning and got it loaded on the longarm in the afternoon (first time longarming since May 31st!) Won’t be able to quilt it until Sunday but I’m looking forward to that already.