Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Quilt Top FINISHED! ~Finishing the Backing

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Hi,

I am so excited that the top of this Joanna Figueroa quilt is finished. I started it at Quiltique, my Local Quilt Store, where Joanna was teaching! She is a wonderful teacher and very funny! She had a beautiful array of quilts to show us! I was so lucky, I had bought a jelly roll of her fabric, and found out that it was the exact fabric that she used for the class she was teaching....which was months away from when I purchased it.

If you want to make this quilt, you can buy "Jelly and Jam" pattern, here!. It uses the Whimsy Jelly Roll by Fig Tree & Co. fabric. I found it on sale, Green Fairy Quilts. If you want it, you'd better buy, because it will be gone, soon, as this is an older line.

Here is the FINISHED top!!!
beautiful right? Can you see what I did on the borders? A small green/beige check and another print that matched so well. Not from fig tree. But, really works. This is all made from jelly rolls, too!
I want to make the backing out of several pieces of fabrics. I thought I might make one more block like the top and sew it into the backing. I'll show a picture when that is done and quilted...Because....this needs to be done before Thanksgiving! That is what I challenged myself to do! And you still can join in!
I was going to use just the bright floral for the back, but realized I like all three of these. They match up better in person, for some reason the greens changed in the picture. 
How do you make your backs? Do you combine prints, or do you like just one print? I thought I would add a "block" like the top and insert it right in the middle of the back. I may use it like a label, and write my name in permanent ink inside the solid area.

Give me your ideas, I may change it up a bit.  I'll begin on it tomorrow! Thanks for your following! And your comments!

xoxo
Denise

33 comments :

  1. Denise, your quilt is SO SO SO wonderful. I love your choices, and I love the idea of the single block, personalized. Do you find yourself getting the quilt top done and then overthinking the finishing of it? I say GO WITH YOUR instincts and jump in and do it. We can't wait to see the finished quilt when it's done. Yay! I'm sitting down today to begin quilting a Granny Square Quilt from 'New Old 1930's" fabrics. I used 3 fabrics on the back, for the first time. I love it. Have fun!!

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    1. Thanks for your input, Lynne! I don't always think too long on something, I just thought I'd do something new for the back this time. Can't wait to quilt it, that is where I may think too long abt it!

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  2. Create with Claudia (claudia hermansen-Tucson, AZ)November 13, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    I would do something curvy in the sashings and either stitch in the ditch or outline the blocks. I would continue the curvy theme on the borders. I like the idea of the giant block on the back too, but be sure to put your name, date, and for whom it is being made. Possibly the manufacturer and/or name of the fabrics. (I quilt my quilts on the embroidery machine).

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    1. Your idea gives me an idea, Claudia! There is ric-rac prints in the quilt, so maybe mimicking that would be pretty on the sash inks, similar to the curvy stitches! My daughter helped me think of making a large four patch on the back, and one corn would be a large 1/2 log cabin, with the first square a block like the top

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  3. It's so pretty Denise! You are right - that green border really makes it. I love your idea of using a block on the back, too. It would make a perfect label.

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    1. Thank you, Christi! I'm excited to be making me a quilt, this one will be for me. I may end up using it in the spare bedroom, or better yet, my bed!! I deserve it! Right? Haha

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    2. My iPad thinks it knows your name, Christa! Haha

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  4. What a beautiful flimsy! I am liking pieced backs more and more. I say yes to the block on the back....even more then one!

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    1. Thank you, Vicki! I like the idea of doing more than one block, thx

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  5. I often make my backs as a block from the front which helps to use up leftovers, sometimes dividing the back into 4 sections and making 4 blocks for the back.

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    1. I really like this idea, thanks Jennifer!

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  6. Hi Denise, such a fun quilt!! I like all three fabrics for your back! That's always fun to add a couple blocks from the front to the back, say maybe 3. It will be great whatever you choose!

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    1. Thank you, diane. I'll be glad to finish this up, setting a goal to finish before thanksgiving has helped. I like the idea to do more than one block for the back.

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  7. I am personally a fan of pieced backs, I would probably do more than one (fabric allowing) of the top blocks to work into the back with the other 3 fabrics. Very nice quilt.

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    1. Everyone has been suggesting more than one block for the back! I'll have to see if I have enough of the jelly roll left to do it, thanks everyone, love having tips...as if you are in my studio with me!

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  8. I like to use up what I have for the backing,using as few pieces as possible,but if I have leftover blocks will incorporate them. One friend of mine just keeps a bolt of muslin for backings as that is traditional and saves a lot of time spent thinking and figuring-also,it is soft and comfy.
    By pat adney

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    1. I like the idea of using up what you have. Because sometimes the backs can cost more than the front, especially if you need 5+ yards. Why type of muslin does your friend buy? and is it cream?

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  9. I think that I would put the block in the center surrounded by the green print and then use the other two as borders ---as wide as possible.
    By Diane Cadei

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    1. I like that idea, too. I started to make four blocks, with the left over jelly roll strips, but, I'm not sure I want more than one on the back, so your idea may work.

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  10. I am so glad to have found your site and will follow via Bloglovin so I can keep in touch:-)
    Thank you for you nice comment on my blog today, you are a no-reply blogger so I was unable to reply by email.
    What a gorgeous flimsy!!

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    1. Thanks, Heidi. I'll look into the no reply blogger thing. Is a flimsy a quilt top? Someone used that term, I've never heard it before.

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  11. Denise,
    I have done multiple pieced backs. I love what you are doing. I see the binding of the quilt in the green check. It would pull together the pieces. On the green color look at your camera settings and go to 200 or 400 speed. If it is a cell phone pic, then I do not know how to reset that. Looking good. Denice Osborne -- starting Ds Quilts

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    1. I have a "broken" point and shoot camera. it gives me error messages if I leave it on too long and the images always turn one turn once the image is taken. so strange. but, not nice enough to fix. It is a cannon SD1400is, supposedly one of the top camera's at the time. Looks like I'm ready for a DSL!

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  12. Beautiful quilt. I did one like it years ago for my granddaughter. I would probably do 4 pinwheel blocks in the center of the back and use the left overs for framing the pinwheel 4 patch. Would love to see it all done up.

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    1. Great idea, Cheryl! I decided to use the leftover jelly roll pieces and make a rail fence type block, since there wasn't enough to really make the same block without it looking too busy. I did try it and will show that in my next post. What I did was sew them into a strip for down the middle of the back, and will put a two patch on top and on bottom, alternating the prints, so it will look like a four patch with a stripe down the middle.

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  13. Wow, so many ideas! I've used leftover fabric to include on quilt backs; it makes it special when you turn down the quilt to climb in!

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    1. I think you are right, becca, this will be my first quilt to mix it up on the back, believe it or not! Haha

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  14. I love the colors and the pattern. I woulld like to see a fourth print in the back to make it a giant Fourpatch, The use a yellow print border and maybe sporadically put in a few of the blocks from the front appliqued onto it, or yoiu could use wide Rick Rack on it. The green checked binding would be great,

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    1. Thank you, lindakay, Joanna knows how to make fabric! Others have suggested the check as the binding and I think you are right, it will look great! Can't wait to show it finished.

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  15. You don't need my advice that's for sure but I do like your quilt and the backing fabrics are just yummy!

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  16. Mary Reeves
    Education Management Professional

    It is a Beauty as is. At times additional can be a not so great idea. I'm not a professional but enjoying quilting as a Novice. Blessings, http://projectsbyMtetar.wordpress.com

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  17. Your quilt is beautiful and there are so many good comments. I recently learned that piecing your backing adds value to your quilt. If you put blocks on the back, it adds visual interests and I like using a block as the label if its light enough to write on. One appraiser told me its like putting a quilt on both sides. I thought that was an interesting idea. Enjoy your quilt.

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