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August 5, 2019
Popping In With a Quilt Backing Sale! from Busy Hands Quilts


For just a couple of days, Fat Quarter Shop has quilt backing and wide yardage on sale.  I love extra-wide backing which is usually cheaper than piecing together yardage and saves a lot of time and hassle.  I couldn't resist this full-on rainbow backing, which I purchased and am going to make a whole cloth quilt for myself with.  Can I just say, YUM!?!  Check it out right  here.  You'll be happy to know I didn't buy it all and saved some for ya.  :)

At first I thought I would use a blue plaid as the backing ...

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July 8, 2019
How To Figure Yardage For Quilt Backing from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Once you’ve pieced your beautiful quilt top, it’s time to choose your backing! There are so many fabrics out there and using 108″ wide backing does make things easier, but we will help you know how much fabric you need when using standard 42″ wide fabric.

Here are some items you’ll be needing:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Calculator
  • Your finished quilt top
  • A measuring tape or template

Step 1: Measure the length and width of your quilt top.

Step 2: Add an extra 8 inches to both the length and width of your quilt if it’s going to ...

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March 26, 2019
Hey, Rebecca! This Is How You Prepare Your Quilt Backings! Reminders To Myself for Next Time from Cheeky Cognoscenti

The flying geese arcs for my son's graduation quilt are coming along nicely.  39 are finished, and 9 more are needed.  Each paper pieced arc of geese is taking approximately an hour and a half to two hours to complete.  So this week, even before I finish piecing those arcs, I think I need to start cutting out the purple background fabric and working out the kinks of the curved piecing required to turn these arcs of geese into quilt blocks.


This Week's Accomplishments, Bagged, Labeled and Ready for Quilting
But meanwhile, I had some loose ends to ...

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March 20, 2019
Miscellaneous Musings On Borders, Backings and Bindings (Oh My!) from Cheeky Cognoscenti

First off, I'm glad to report that my Pineapple Log Cabin quilt top is finally, FINALLY finished, a mere FIVE years after I started making it in June of 2014.  Unfortunately, I have no glorious "ta-da" photos to share because the quilt top is a massive 120" x 120" and, with all of those pieces (3,492 pieces not including border strips, but who's counting, right?) and three layers of fabric at every seam allowance, it weighs a ton.  I was concerned about the border fabric tearing from the weight of the quilt if I dragged my menfolk ...

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October 19, 2018
Quilt backing Ideas from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

How to know when to buy yards and yards of fabrics for backing?

Do you stash fabrics that are specifically for backing a quilt?

They need to be a large piece for sure and buying large pieces of fabrics is risky.

In the end, it may seems that all of your quilt doesn’t match the backing fabric you have in stash. Have you been in this situation before?

And if there are any fabrics, the fabric is not enough to back a quilt. Ughhh.

That’s me. Cause I rarely ever buy more than 3 yards of the same ...

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September 19, 2018
Remember the Alamo: Why Your Longarm Quilter Won't Let You Use a Bed Sheet for Quilt Backing from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Oh my gosh, you guys -- this "easy pantograph" charity quilt is finally done and off my frame.  I'm battered, bloodied and traumatized, but I learned a lot and I survived.  Let's call that a win.  ;-)


"Remember the Alamo," 60 x 80 Charity Quilt Finish

Why Bed Sheets, Drapery Panels and Shower Curtains Make Bad Quilt Backings

I used to think that longarm quilters who refused to accept bed sheets as quilt backings were just being picky quilt snobs, but now I totally understand why a longarmer would have that rule.  The backing for this particular quilt was a ...

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September 8, 2018
Mary Jo’s Sampler Quilt: a Good Example of a Classic Design from Quilted Joy

We have all seen a sampler quilt. These quilts contain many different blocks to create a beautiful modge podge of color just like Mary Jo’s sampler quilt. These quilts also had a purpose beyond being pretty. Before the internet and a plethora of quilting books and magazines, a quilter would make and keep a single block of a pattern he or she wanted to keep. They would collect these blocks in a stack and when they had enough, maybe they made a sampler quilt. Some quilters even sewed them as a stack along one side like a book with ...

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July 13, 2018
Strings and Furrows from TheEclecticAbuela

Yet another string quilt! I do love them.

This one is a simple arrangement of string blocks and alternating white/beige HSTs that create furrows across the quilt.





I pieced the back from scrap 5" squares, and I used the trimmings from the back to make the binding.








I love the look of the scrappy binding, but with all those seams (thick!thick!thick!), it took me quite a while to hand sew it down to the back!


I love all the things you can find in a scrappy quilt.

A fox and a hedgehog

Scooby Doo!


Pastas and valentines ...

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January 12, 2018
Lincoln Blocks and More! from Humble Quilts

 I've made a little progress on the Lincoln blocks. I need to get a few Ohio stars cut out now to catch up with the 16 patches. This is a fun bold project to work on!
I got some of this in 108" wide for a backing on the Fall Festival quilt. 
It has made its way to the quilters! Sometimes on an especially large quilt an extra wide backing is so much easier than piecing. 

And then others are pieced, as usual. This is my backing for the Bricks of Wabash Co blue and tan quilt. This one ...

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November 29, 2017
Vintage Quilt from Arkansas from Humble Quilts

 I showed a small section of this quilt the other day and a few asked to get a closer look. Today the weather was perfect for photo taking outdoors.
I purchased this humble quilt from a friend's sister because the style didn't really suit her decor. It came from Arkansas and it looks to be from 1890-1910's. That fan quilting is amazing and I even used it to make a fan quilting pattern for myself to use on another quilt.






The back has faint signs of feedsack writing. This is the clearest section. 
It appears to say ...

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November 14, 2017
Christmas Jacob's Ladder from TheEclecticAbuela

I made this Christmas quilt for my son and daughter-in-law. I gave it to them early, so they could enjoy it this Holiday season.

Christmas Jacob's Ladder







The Jacob's Ladder block is not complicated.

Jacob's Ladder Block


I used a constant neutral throughout and combined it with many different Christmas prints.

Fabrics (detail)





Fabrics (detail)




Fabrics (detail)




Right in the center (you can just see it in the picture directly above--lower right corner) is a very light block that is made with leftover scraps from a Christmas shirt I made for my son--over 30 years ago! 


Because ...

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October 31, 2017
Kaffe Fassett and QSTs from TheEclecticAbuela

I combined large blocks of Kaffe Fassett fabrics with very subtle Quarter Square Triangles (QSTs) in this quilt for my stepdaughter. I didn't have a pattern for this one--I just made alternate blocks that I thought would be complementary to the prints.





The KF fabrics reminded me of vintage sheet prints.





Since the prints are quite bold, I toned them down a bit by using QSTs as alternate blocks.


The color difference is very subtle (almost too subtle, I think), but the QSTs are white and creme.




I used a small print for the backing and a purple blender ...

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