How do you decide what to put on the backs of your quilts?
I’m not real picky about my backings. Matching backings to the top isn’t high on my priority list. If the top is very light or white (which I guess is very light!), I don’t want to use a very dark backing that might show through and that’s about all I worry about. A lot of my backings are pieced. Sometimes, mostly when I’m too lazy to piece a backing, I’ll use extra wide backing fabric.
There are several 6 – 7 yard pieces of fabric in my stash that I bought for backing fabrics. A couple of them I’ve loved for a very long time. This Jim Shore fabric is one of those . . I’ve made two quilts specifically to go with this backing and have not used it either time. Third time’s the charm they say.
At the Paducah quilt show, in Eleanor Burns’ booth, I bought this apple fabric. I’m not sure if it was in 2010 or 2009.
It’s kinda ugly but I love it! Every time I look at it, it makes me smile. I don’t know why. Do you think it’s ugly or do you love it? When I finished the top that was sent to Quiltmaker . . the top that you’re probably sick of hearing me say how much I love it but can’t show it .. I’m keeping that quilt for me because . . well, I love it and I so want to share it with you but I can’t! 🙂 Anyway, this green apple fabric just doesn’t go with it at all if you’re thinking the backing and top should kinda match, and you can see that it has purple binding. As soon as I decided that quilt was going to be for me, I ran and grabbed that green apple fabric to use for the backing.
Here it is all stretched out lengthwise. I love it!