Sometimes I think there is something wrong with me… I can’t seem to just use a large piece of fabric for my quilt backs. Why? Because I always have left-over scraps from the front, that I just don’t want to use for something else – I’m usually ‘done’ with certain fabrics after using them in a quilt.
|bits for Green Cross Quilt Back|
Of course, using scraps to piece a back ALWAYS takes me longer than making the front! It becomes an improv piece as I never know exactly how these pieces will take shape.
I feel very gratified for using up all my scraps – if something is too small for the back I cut it into 1.5″ squares for my hexies… and even smaller pieces are now saved for pet beds.
|piecing the back – on the design wall|
The best part is ending up with a two-sided quilt! One side planned, the other improv – using the same fabrics. To me, it’s really neat to see the same fabrics used so differently. Unfortunately, I won’t have the Green Cross Quilt finished for the PMQG meeting tomorrow… but I will be bringing the Jellyfish!
|Jellyfish Hexie Quilt Close-up|
I love sharing my quilts with my guild – everyone is so supportive, even after seeing pictures and hearing about it all the time since last year! I was just telling a friend recently how I never used to finish anything. Finishing a big project like this is so fulfilling to me – and says a lot about how far I’ve come in my life. I’m so happy to share it with such amazingly creative people!