Last year I was lucking enough to go to QuiltCon in Savannah, and had a wonderful time, so I thought I’d celebrate by sewing my way through this Quiltcon weekend at home. I have two UFO/PHDs on the go: a quilt on which I am hand finishing the binding, and a wedge from a QuiltCon workshop that I need to ponder, but mostly I’d like to do some machine quilting.
I have nothing finished. Nothing to write about. Lots of sewing done, but no finishes, so I am going to tell you about my backing challenges. No, I don’t mean backing up the car, although that is challenge enough for me. I mean backing a quilt.
I have a beautiful quilt top that I would like to complete so that my daughter can give it to her good friend for a wedding present. I really like this friend. I really like the quilt top. I have decided upon my quilting plan. I am ready.
I take the lovely backing I bought months ago at an unbelievably good price. Washed it, Ironed it. Found a flaw going right down the middle of the fabric. Guess I now know why it was cheap. Wish the store would label its seconds.
Searched my shelves and found a suitable piece. Wide enough but too short. Contemplated piecing in a strip, but I hate the thread breakage a pieced back sometimes brings. Went to the store and bought 108″ wide fabric. Washed it. It shrunk 8″, putting the selvages under the edge of my quilt. Too narrow. Accepted that I would be working with a pieced back. Trimmed the excess off the end and made initials in a heart to piece into the back. Inserted the piece. It looked like an apple. Didn’t like it. Morning wasted.
Off to the quilt store. No wider backing. Bought the same 108″ fabric, planning to use it unwashed. Left my mittens at the store. Went back for them. Bought a bottle of wine. Felt badly about the shrinkage I knew would happen (to the quilt, not the wine). Had a nap. Woke up and realized the initials were fine, just the apple was the problem. Pulled the pieced back apart and removed the apple strips. Put the initials in unadorned, and resewed the back. Finally, ready to start. Wish me luck.
Progress on my PHD pile the last few weeks? Nothing finished, despite significant energy expended. Several coming close. There’s a breakthrough around the corner, I hope.
At least the days are getting longer, and the sun is giving us more heat. Have a good week.