Friday, June 14, 2019

Please Send Reinforcements! / Beauties Pageant 36

Quilty friends, summer vacation has begun. My sewing time, which was already hindered by Cain Renovation 2019, has been hijacked by two little boys. They won’t let me near my sewing machine. Even simple tasks, like viewing last week’s Beauties Pageant participants or responding to emails, have been denied. Yesterday I spent hours (hours!) playing ping pong with my 10-year-old. I’m still exhausted. From playing ping pong. For real. Please send reinforcements!

I don’t have anything sharable this week, so I’ll throw in some pictures of projects past for good measure and get right to this week’s event!

Pretty pictures of stuff I made years ago!

Even more pretty pictures of stuff I made years ago!


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Friday, June 7, 2019

I Heart Pieced Backs / Beauties Pageant 35

Quilters tend to fall into one of two camps: those who piece their quilt backs and those who don’t. I am a member of the former group. I almost always piece my backs. To me, piecing a back doesn’t mean joining two widths of identical fabric, though. (I despise matching repeats and avoid that approach whenever I can!)

I have a particular approach that involves stashing 2-yard cuts of fabric, cutting them lengthwise, and then filling in the middle with fabric I want out of my stash or scrap bin and into a quilt. (For details on this technique, click here.)

What results is often a chunky design that coordinates with the quilt top without competing with it. Check out some of my favorites from finishes past and the rationale behind each one ...

Piecing to Use a Precious Fabric

I was lucky enough to have yardage of a focal fabric from Basic Grey’s PB&J years after the collection went out of production, and I used it in the back below. I made this quilt for me, so now I get to enjoy that beloved print every day. (See the full project here.)


Piecing to Avoid Accumulating Scraps

I made my mother-in-law a quilt to coordinate with her family room. There were a lot of cool colors in the quilt, which are far from my preferred palette, so instead of filing the leftovers from the quilt top in my scrap storage, where they would likely linger for years, I incorporated them in the back. (See the full project here.)


Piecing to Feature a Large-Scale Print

I loved the Joel Dewberry print below and knew it deserved to exist uncut in a project, so onto a back it went! (See the full project here.)


Piecing to Highlight an Inspiration Fabric

The floral print below from Rifle Paper Co. set the palette for a quilt top. Of course I had to include a swath of it on the back. (See the full project here.)


Piecing to Do Something a Little Different

The front of this quilt included the tiniest bit of teal. I couldn’t successfully incorporate teal in the top, though, so I gave it its day in the sun on the back. (See the full project here.)


How do you decide what to do on the back of a quilt? Share with the rest of us in the comments!

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Elizabeth Hartman's Neighborhood Pattern / Beauties Pageant 34

You might remember that some Very Bad Things happened the last time I rented my local quilt shop’s longarm. In fact, I had to pull the partially quilted project off the machine and take it home for some unsewing. I’m pleased to report that despite the setback I successfully finished the quilt on my domestic!

I offered only sneak peeks of this quilt previously, but now that it has been gifted, I can give you the full reveal ...


This is Elizabeth Hartman’s Neighborhood pattern, from her book Modern Patchwork. At 45 inches by 60 inches, it’s a modestly sized throw quilt and features a diamond quilting pattern from Jacquie Gering’s Walk. It’s the third quilt I can check off my Finish-A-Long Q2 list.


I spent much more time selecting fabric for this project than I did sewing its 12 oversize blocks. I started by finding the bird fabric, which is from Kate Spain’s Early Bird line, and fussy-cutting the birds to incorporate as many bright colors as I could. I did have to buy a few fat quarters—most of which ended up being from Kate’s other fabric collections—to sew the birdhouses, but I otherwise used stash and scraps on the top and back of this quilt.


Have you encountered this phenomenon, too—when you labor over a fabric pull only to be surprised how quickly the quilt top comes together? 


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