Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Exciting find

I love the look of the pieced backs that are popular these days, so I finally tried it myself a few weeks ago.

It was exhausting! I miscalculated about halfway through, and there were a thousand interruptions (largely of the busy boy three year old persuasion).

I do like the way it looked in the end, but I'm not sure it was worth the extra time it took to get the quilt to the "sandwich-ing" point. It's partially through the quilting phase right now.

Despite my frustrations...I am currently working on a second pieced back. What can I say? The first time may have been a fluke.

One good thing about pieced backs - they usually save money over purchasing one cut of fabric. I haven't gotten in to the habit of purchasing my backing fabric along with everything else (is that what I'm supposed to be doing?), and I don't have a LQS. It can be frustrating to complete a quilt top and be ready to baste and not have any backing fabric.

So, I have been keeping my eye out for alternate backing fabrics. The boys and I made a trip to Target the other day, and I was excited to find a King-sized duvet cover on clearance for $10! That's a lot of fabric. It washed and dried nicely too!

I'm hoping to use half of the duvet cover for a queen-sized quilt for our spare room bed. But first I'll test it on something smaller. Maybe I'll "whip up" something for the boys. The big boy thinks every quilt I make is for him, anyway!

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