Charming scrap quilt update

A few weeks ago I showed this quilt that I had started pretty much spur of the moment.

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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.

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This is the best picture I have of the whole quilt top. Truth.

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.

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Wasn’t too sure about that plaid in the middle. Not bad, but not great.

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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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Polaroid prepping

I will be having a busy July which is also my scheduled month to use my longarm. (I share it with another quilter for the folks who are new here). I’m setting the bar low and will only try to quilt one quilt.

When that’s added to my pile of quilted-but-not-yet-trimmed-and-bound quilts, it will be number four, which is plenty of quilts STILL not done.

In anticipation of quilting the polaroid quilt I did some prep work.

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A victory lap.

I don’t often use yardage for backings but when I do, WOW is that fast! Even when you spend time futzing around to match the pattern.

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Here, let me help you a little:

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So it’s not perfect, but it’s pretty darn close.

Now to decide how to quilt it. Good thing I still have a couple of weeks!

Sunday Stash snapshot…

For the polaroid quilt, since it’s getting close to needing a backing, yay!

A few weeks ago I checked out my local indie fabric store for backings but found nothing particularly awesome [for this quilt. Lots of other awesome things though.] Checked out Fabricland. Narrowed the choices down to a short list of four. Went back to buy this one:

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I thought this one was perfect as it has squares and rainbow colours. But was disappointed with the quality of the greige. Bummer.

I didn’t want to make a third trip to buy anything so I chose this instead:

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It has rainbows, so it works for the rainbow of polaroids. I had to choose a light colour fabric for the backing as I have light grey thread to use. (I like to match my thread to my quilt.)

And it has the cutest selvedge of eyeglasses. I’ve worn glasses for thirty-one years and I approve. I googled the selvedge and found it’s from a line called “Geekery” which included graph paper fabrics!

 

Sunday Stash, what, again?

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“Oh, my, god. Becky, look at her butt piece of fabric. It is so big.”*

When you’ve been eyeing (and feeling up) a bolt for weeks and weeks and weeks because you know it will just be PERFECT for a backing for a quilt that is still only a twinkle in your mind’s eye…..

but you haven’t bought it yet because, hello! backings are huge and therefore expensive, so you just sigh and put the bolt back, but touch it just one more time before you leave…..

but then the shop owner CALLS you at home to tell you that bolt is now in the 7$/m section, you say “hold the bolt, I’ll be there before you close!”……

And then 5m comes home with you.

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Backing for a quilt that is still an idea. But I know it’s going to be awesome. And your eyes are going to bleed when you see it. So amazing. I can’t wait to show you this one.

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Oh you selvedge junkies.

* Apologies to Sir Mix-a-Lot, and Jennifer Lopez. NSFW probably.

Happy Sunday Monday stash everyone! Linking up with Molli Sparkles of course.