Monday, June 21, 2021

Backing the Quote Quilt


Sometimes when making a quilt, it stalls, sometimes for no discernible reason. I prepared a backing for the quilt at the beginning of the year. The plan was to move forward and finish it. I had a sheet I could use for a backing, and since it showed the stitches from the quilt, I pressed a fusible interfacing to a big sheet to use as a backing. All I had to do was to join the front and the back together. But it stalled.


The fusible was a little bit stretchy, but since it was fused, it probably wouldn't stretch the quilt, but it added a soft layer to a quilt that already had a soft layer, and while I wanted the quilt to be comforting, I didn't want it to feel like a comforter. I knew from experience that the layer flattens very easily, so quilting it would probably be all it took to smash it down, but it would require dense quilting so the quilt stalled.


I decided a couple of weeks ago that I should listen to my hesitation and move on to a plan that will actually get the quilt to a finished mode.  I found some dark blue fabric that will hide the  stitches, which made me feel more motivation, but not enough to actually piece the fabric. The pieces were not wide enough to fit the width of the quilt so it would take some piecing to put the backing together.

 

I decided to take a quick look to see if I could find a wider fabric and found this angel fabric. There is a sticker on the fabric so I must have gotten it at a really good price at a sale, because I don't normally buy this kind of fabric. I have no idea how to use it. But it is perfect as the back of this quilt. It adds to the comforting factor, and there is enough to cover the width of the quilt when used horizontally. I also found another dark blue fabric that will fill in the rest of the length of the quilt and looks like it will be big enough to use as a binding as well.



I was watching a Zoom session from a library in California about making portraits on fabric for Juneteenth and decided to do some stitching. I added a motif from the backing fabric to the front of the quilt to tie it together.


2021:  Week 25 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

I spent the week working on the quote quilt. I sewed the backing fabric so it is now ready to be sandwiched. I also added some embellishments by hand and some embroidery stitches by machine. I continue to hope to sandwich it soon.


15 minute days this week --7 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 156 out of 171 days
Success rate  = 91%
 



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7 comments:

Robin said...

I'm glad you were able to identify what was holding up the quilting process. Many times it's difficult to figure out. Love the angel fabric. It will look lovely on the back.

Joyful Quilter said...

I've missed seeing your quote quilt. I'll be kinda sad to see it finished.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

There is inspiration in finishing too; good for you! This is going to be a treasure for sure!

Kyle said...

Looks like you're ready to get going and get your awesome quilt finished. Once you finally come up with a plan, the rest is easy. Well, sometimes.

Frédérique said...

Pretty angels, and cute bow. It's going to be a beautiful quilt.

Kate said...

Yeah for getting un-stalled and moving along. Love those angels, it will make a very fun back for the Quote quilt.

Tanya said...

You are so clever to use a block on the front of your quilt to tie it together with the back. It looks like a good color for your comfort quilt and we can always use a couple angels when we need comfort!