June 1, 2012

Quilt Back Done!

I had a little dilema the other day. I didn't know what I should do with a too short backing for the Chevron Accent Quilt top I made.

After mulling over some ideas and getting suggestions from a few people, I decided not to rip out a row from the top and side, but rather do a pieced backing.

This quilt is a gift for my husband's grandmother, who is turing 80. She has always made me feel like her own grand-daughter, and actually calls to talk to me more than she calls my hubby. She has the biggest collection of scrapbooking materials I have ever seen, and makes the most amazing cards for our birthdays. Just this year she made Paisley a 3-dimensional butterfly filled with mini m&ms.

I am both excited and nervous to give this to her. She has been so wonderul to us, and we really wanted to show how much we love her. So, what better way to piece the back then that of giant gift with ribbon (minus the big bow).

I didn't want to start quilting on it, and not be finished in time, so I decided to present the top and back at her birthday and finish it up next week. I am still trying to decide exactly how I want it to be quilted. I really want the design to stick out in the gray, but nothing too complicated, since I am still mastering my machine quilting skills. any ideas would be helpful.


  1. I would probably go for something straightforward such as following the line of the zig zags with maybe 3 lines in each grey zig zag. You could either repeat the same in the floral part or leave it to 'pop' more. Depending on how wide the stripes are though you might need to quilt them too to hold the batting. If they're narrow you could probably get away with it as long as you quilted in the ditch along the joins between the floral and the grey. Just a thought!

  2. Quilt the bow over the the ribbon ; ) then you could pick up the zig zag pattern to fill in around and highlight all ?
    She's going to love this

  3. What about a meandering flower pattern to pick up the print in the pink? It may provide a textural contrast using softer lines in the quilting versus the hard points in the piecing.

  4. Hi again,

    I'd love it if you shared your quilt on my new flickr group! Here's the link: http://www.flickr.com/groups/2018705@N22/

    I love how you ended up doing the backing. It looks awesome.



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