I had forgotten how much I actually like a patchwork and this got me back in the patchwork swing ...
So I made two last week (actually, several weeks ago, but had to wait for fabric to arrive for the backing to finish them).
The finished squares are 6" (6/5" uncut) and 8 columns x 10 rows makes a generously sized lap quilt at 4'x5'.
For the backs ... I had read a post from Emily @ QuiltyLove about using flannel sheets for quilt backing. That caused me to google the subject of sheet backs for quilts (something I had read was a no no when I had first started quilting). Lo and behold ... it is possible ... and I am really happy with how my first effort came out.
I didn't go with flannel, as I couldn't really find anything that I liked, but kinda had visions of a bold, dramatic back for the blue version. So I looked on Target and found a nice tomato-soup color king size flat sheet $18.99. It had a thread count of 300 (which was the highest that I read you should go).
I like the punch it gives the quilt and it does a great job of letting the quilting itself shine through on the back. (Now if I could just get consistent color from my camera -- different issue for a different day).
For the green quilt version, I didn't see a solid that excited me, but ran into some 108" Amy Butler fabric that I knew would be perfect for the already completed quilt top.
I think that was just what the quilt was asking for ... don't you?
As for quilting, I have been trying to step out of my "meandering" phase and get a little more creative. I had a great afternoon with Katie @ SewKatieDid taking her Walk the Line workshop last October. And I purchased the book WALK from Jacquie Gering to help increase my knowledge and confidence.
For the blue version, I used Jacquie's Orange Peel pattern and then filled in a bit by doing horizontal and vertical stitching across the quilt in the middle of the blocks.
For the green version, I had completed half of the Orange Peel and when I laid it on the floor to mark the other direction, my eye saw a different approach and I filled in with the same pattern I had just used, but offset it by half a block. I actually prefer this version to the previous one.
For now, these two quilts are now listed in my Etsy shop and I have started on a custom order for a friend which I know will stretch my skills!
Hope all is well out there.
All the best,