By now, if you've been following this blog, you may have observed that I don't start a quilt and finish it in proper chronological order. I'm that sort of quilter. The one who starts something, comes up against an obstacle, puts the offending object out of sight and then returns to it sometime later.
Possibly one of my quilts has suffered from this more than others
If you are interested in its slow progress you can read about it here and here.
Now the final border is on and it's time for the backing. Usually, the backing is done in a huge rush. Generally a fabric from the bolts in my header surrenders up enough for the backing.
With this quilt I thought I'd do something I haven't done before. There are so many checks and plaids left over from the front, and I no longer do "country" quilts. It seemed like a reasonable way to divest myself of some fat quarters and 30cm strips of fabric.
Instead of 45 minutes, the backing took all day...but I really enjoyed the process. I just squared up the remnants of fat quarters and strips and sewed them together, trueing them up as I went. It may be described as liberated piecing. It was certainly fun and it was great to know that I am finally using up that part of my stash. I think I'll call it a relaxed quilt back.
The plan is for me to machine quilt using my walking foot. One day I'll be brave enough to do FMQ (free motion quilting), but right now I am rationalizing that I still need more practice on straight lines and rolling the quilt up under the machine arm.
I am mulling over a name for this quilt. It isn't finalized until the binding and label are on, but I may call it "Pointless". To get the pun, you will have to go back to the original post if you haven't already.
Moments after I cut into my stash and pieced the back, the local quilting guru advised me that "country" is making a comeback. Not into my stash, it isn't!