Friday, August 12, 2016

The Back Story

Last week I promised to show you the back of my newspaper quilt. I finished all the quilting this week and did what I call corduroy quilting, in which you do straight line quilting back and forth across the quilt about a quarter of an inch apart. This quilt was a pain in the a** to piece, so why should the quilting be any different. I find this to be very tedious (have you heard me use that word before?). Altho you are using a walking foot, which is easy, you have to pivot at the end of each row and turn the quilt around and go back the other way. Some people do very large quilts this way, but I found it difficult to shove that quilt thru the space between the needle and the machine. Free motion quilting is so much easier for me, but I didn't think it would look good on this quilt.

A close-up of the quilting.

Lat week I told you that I had a false start with this quilt and this is it. I thought it was too jarring with those pieced lines inserted, but I did use it as the centerpiece of the back.

And here is the back with that thwarted attempt smack in the middle with some newspaper banners that I didn't use. I went to JoAnn's with my quilt to find some black and white fabric to use on the back and none of them looked right because the quilt really reads as gray, not black and white. I was thrilled to find this print in various shades of gray. To me it looks like script. Some people don't care what they put on their quilt backs, but I do. I usually use a hand-dyed fabric that coordinates with the front and will even dye a piece specifically for that purpose if necessary.

 A close-up of that very cool fabric. 

The finished quilt with binding attached, good handwork while watching the Olympics. Again, I apologize for the photography which makes this look like it's not squared off. Trust me, it is squared!

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Gwyned Trefethen said...

Norma, I'm with you on selecting a compatible back to my top. After all those who make 3D work don't skimp on the back. Technically, art quilts may be 2D, but the backs, although not as scrutinized as front, do get viewed. It just feels more professional to me to take a professional attitude towards both the back and front of my work.

Kathleen Loomis said...

Since the quilting lines are going all the way across the quilt, I would not turn the quilt at the end to come back -- I'd haul the whole package back and sew the next line in the same direction as the previous one.

I'd start in the center and work toward the right edge -- then turn the quilt 180 degrees, go back to the center and work out toward the (previously left) (new right) edge again.

Much easier and faster to wrangle the quilt this way. Believe me, I speak from experience.

Vera Holmgren said...

I really love your quilt and the quilting is perfect! It's good when you are able to use walkingfoot quilting.

Deb Thuman said...

Interesting quilt. I've never tried corduroy quilting.... I may have to give it a go. It won't work on the current quilt, but might on the next one.

The Inside Stori said...

I find this piece to be very successful…..just the right balance of color, pattern, and the quilting choice was perfect!

Linda M said...

I really like how this quilt came out, and that print on the back is perfect. I agree that the corduroy quilting is a pain, I've also done it Kathy's way and it helps some not having to turn each time.

Cindy Green said...

Love the idea of printing the newspaper onto fabric! I think the impact is fabulous! (I'm a bit jealous - for my library piece i'm using actual parts of books, not fabric and it's tricky...).