18 May 2010

sweetie pie


Still enjoying sewing with my swapped vintage linens from Evelyn. I have made another small quilt for my table: sweetie pie is 25" *35". After my happy days, made in cool colors, I wanted to make a similar one using the warm palette. The quilting is small-scale meandering, still using Hobbs 80/20 batting.

And the back (not showing) is a gifted, small scale soft pink fabric my mother-in-law received from one of her friends. Happy to be able to use it! I buy a lot of my fabrics in 1/2 yrds, and it's often a challenge to find good backing for my quilts.

Do you find it easy to pick the backing? Please share any good ideas...

; )

14 comments:

Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

That is so pretty.

Leslie said...

this is gorgeous. i love your tiny quilting!!! as for backing. when i pick i just try to make sure it goes with the binding and front. it is always in the stash somewhere but sometimes it takes longer to find it.

Char said...

I like your new quilt. Sorry I don't have any ideas about backing I usually only buy 1/2 yard pieces also unless I find something at a really good price.

That Girl said...

I love the colors and the quilting is fabulous! My backings are almost always pieced from my stash. About the only thing I buy in larger yardage amounts is solid colors so I usually pick a solid that matches the quilt and then piece around it with other fabrics 1/2 yard and smaller. I also try to incorporate any "extra" blocks from the front into the backing...

Jennifer :)

MichelleB said...

Another lovely! I try to get fabric that is on sale for the backing. Although lately, I think every quilt I've made I've back with flannel. I'm going to have make a quilt and back it with regular fabric soon.

Doris said...

I usually choose the backing after the top is completely done, and it isn't difficult for me. It often is a pieced back if it comes from my stash.

Love that sweetie!

lulubloom said...

Pretty quilt!

Re: I find that a lot times (about half maybe), I start with the backing fabric and it dictates the color scheme for the front (like for this little quilt -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/wilke/4607824507/-- I started with the backing fabric to figure out the front). This can be a good plan but sometimes it is a bit crippling since I have a hard time *accepting* a fabric if it doesn't match the back exactly, even if it still goes with the other fabrics I've pulled for the front. And I'm trying to be better about keeping the back in mind when I pull fabrics for future quilts and buying yardage, when necessary, for the back. And I do like to make pieced backs but generally seems to like putting one main fabric and smaller bits of leftover fabric from the front.

lulubloom said...

Ok, I should have proof read my post before hitting submit. Sorry about the typos!

Allie said...

That is lovely!!! So summery. I always use vintage, thrifted sheets for backing....especially for big quilts, then I don't have to piece anything.

True Blue Nana said...

Love that pink. I have no clue about choosing the backing. I try to buy large pieces that I can live with on sale. Some backings are perfect for whatever you are doing and others are just so random. Like Michelle I have used flannel on the back of some baby quilts.

Andi said...

Love it.
All my favourite colours!!!

Janet said...

It's lovely Marit. Easy for me to pick a backing but harder if I can't afford it, lol.

beth said...

I love this little quilt. Backing a quilt is always an adventure. Do I have enough in my stash? DO I have time/money to buy a big piece? OR do I piece together something so I don't have to spend the time or money? I decide differently each time I make a quilt.

Evelyn said...

That is so fantastic! When I get the time, I'm totally going to copy you. I just got some wonderful pink fabric that is sort of like a chambray, and it will be perfect for it.

As for backings, you know me - I just use a sheet most of the time! For the charity quilts I make, I cut 10.5" squares of random fabrics (usually novelty prints), and piece those together for backs. It makes the math so easy - a 4x5 grid will be 40" x 50", etc. I cut the squares whenever I have some free time, and just keep a stack on hand for making backs whenever I need them. (This is not my original idea, by the way! But I can't remember where I learned it!)