Lovely day today….not least because I finished the back for my quilt! This was a bit of a slog so it feels extra awesome to be done AND to like it very much. It’s just how I pictured it. I’ve been struggling with this since March 24th and every day since. It feels so so good to have it done.
Here’s the insert strip I made to make the two WOF big enough.
And here’s the back in all its wonderful glory.
The backing is of course for this wonderful quilt (go scrap quilts!):
I did a really clever thing for the insert strip. Since we make backs larger than the quilt top I didn’t want to lose 4-8 inches of the strips. So I came up with a brilliant work around.
I added an extra 4″ strip of very light and very dark fabrics on each end. Ideally they’ll be cut off when I trim up but if my quilting skews things, then it’s no big deal.
I sewed a bit this morning, trimming my strips for the backing and then starting to join them. I’m pressing seams open on these for extra flatness. Wow – it’s so much flatter than to the side! I’m not a full convert but I can appreciate the difference that will make.
I started at the light end of the row and got nearly to the mediums before preschool pickup.
Ironed my top tonight. Think of all the swear words you know* and then use them while ironing. That was a right *&^%$#<>?”!@()**** to press.
Laid out my backing and calculated the bits I need to add. Two WOF are juuuuuust a bit shy for this top. Swear words again. But now I can use more scraps!
And I think I’ve decided on a quilting pattern…..options were straight line grid, diagonal grid or an orange peel/flower thing. I really just want to do the orange peel. I might change my mind after two blocks but that’s fine too.
* I know lots of swear words. My dad was a sailor and I used to be the only girl on a crew of boys, so I learned from some pros.