Monday, June 24, 2019

My June Goal Finish

This was my original backing choice for Cobblestones. It's yardage, so it would have to be pieced, which is okay, but in the end I decided it was a bit too "fancy" for the quilt. 

Then I decided to use this wide back. After I pre-washed it (because wide backs are notorious for lots of shrinkage) I realized it was a huge piece of fabric that would have a lot of waste for such a small quilt. It would make sense to save it for a larger project. 

In the end, I had to face what I knew I needed to do all along--use up all the leftovers from the front of the quilt so I didn't have to file them into my stash. I randomly sewed bits, bobs and strips into a block long enough for the backing and pieced that into a split piece of dotted yardage. 

So this is Cobblestones, my One Monthly Goal for June,  finished.
It's 60" square quilted with an orange peel design. Although the front looks like it's pretty random too, the quilt is put together with three repeating rows. I was lucky I could work on it at quilt camp where I could lay out the rows--it made it a lot easier! 

Maybe I should have spent a little time planning my "random" backing.
At least I don't have to wonder what to do with all the left over fabric.

I just had to cut the check on the bias for the binding--love how it looks! 
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17 comments:

  1. This turned out great! I've never pieced a backing with the leftover bits and bobs. I really need to do something like this so those random small pieces that don't go with anything else will find their way into a quilt. And, of course, I love the front too. Fun! Fun!

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  2. A wonderful finish. I know from experiece just how much time it takes to do pieced backs. Yours with the strips surely consumed a chunk of time. I tend to go with squares or rectangles from fat quarters but will use whatever works. That red fabric is pretty. It will serve you well on another quilt.

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  3. Good choice! (I love that blue wideback - that will look lovely on whatever you use it on.) That check binding rocks!

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  4. Fabulous back. It just flows together with the top.

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  5. The back is perfect, although I adore that red print!!

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  6. I think your final decision about the back of this quilt is the perfect solution! Love it.

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  7. Oh didn't this turn out lovely! Patriotic colours too. And your backing is ingenious. As well as turning/cutting that checked fabric on the bias. Beautiful finish!

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  8. So did you end up using ALL your leftover scraps on the back? It looks wonderful. Love patriotic quilts. This one turned out great. (I'm lusting after your "fancy" red fabric though)

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  9. What a great quilt! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your project.

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  10. Congrats on your finish and using up those leftovers. You were right, that first piece of fabric is lovely but much too fancy for Cobblestones.

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  11. Just beautiful! I love everything about this quilt--the words, the bias binding, the scrappiness, the color scheme and the pieced back (which I am always too lazy to do). Great job!!

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  12. This is another beautiful quilt Karen and what a great way to finish the back and combat more scraps to put away! Win - win!! Christine xx

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  13. Great finish in red white and blue. The back is great. And I love the gingham (?) binding!

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  14. Lovely quilt..... Always wonderful to have a finish..

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