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.