Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Improv. Quilt Back

Oh my goodness, We had a fabulous Memorial Day Weekend!!!  Sadly, I forgot to take the camera. (of course)  So I will try to sum it up for you . . . good food, warm sun, beautiful beach, great friends and some very, very happy children!!!

So now this morning, I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to sort our laundry, pay bills, and basically get life back together.  But I did take a few seconds out to check out what kind of leftovers I had after completing my 30's reproduction fabric project (Which I promise to show more of in the coming future :)

I love pieced backs and am excited that I should have enough leftover to make a cute pieced backing.  I have never made a pieced back completely improvising as I go but I keep hearing how fun it is.  So I decided this morning, today is the day to check that off my list.  I know this will be hard for me as I always like to have a plan, but I have made up my mind.  I am just going to start picking things up and sewing, and see how it ends up :)  Wish me luck :)



Have you improvised pieced before??  Do you like it or not so much??  Tell me your story before I share my experience and opinion. (hopefully tomorrow, if all goes to plan, which it never does :)
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10 comments:

  1. I love the look of pieced backing, but I have trouble doing "random"!! It always looks good when someone else does it, but when I try, it just looks messy! :)

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  2. Have not improvised or pieced a back yet at all, but it sounds fun! Good luck!

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  3. I do planned and improvised (using up orphans and scraps) - I prefer the no stress method and go for the goal. As long as it is squared, I have yet to have one look 'messy'.

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  4. No but I think the idea is very freeing and so I say do it!

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  5. Ummm, sorta pieced back. The piece I had selected was about 10" too narrow for the top, so I cut the leftover pieces into 3 1/2" strips, sewed four rows of them together, cut the backing piece in two (off center) and sewed in the extra piece. Make any sense? Well, anyway, it came out just big enough that there would be extra around edges to quilt. It looks great!

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  6. Yes, I did it on my 1st big quilt. (Well, it was big to me!) I used pieced strips that were leftover from the top as well as just cutting out pieces from the fabrics that I used. I kept adding those in when needed, to be able to make the back without buying more of the solid neutral fabric. I love how it turned out & it was fun!

    http://teachingthirdgraders.blogspot.com/2011/01/really-ive-been-busy.html

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  7. I love it! That's why I love scraps so much. Just grab a strip and sew a chunk to it!

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  8. I have done random but prefer a plan.Your strips are loking good though.

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  9. Not yet, but I'm looking forward to seeing how yours turns out. Looks good so far! :)

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  10. I have not, but I'm about to give it a try out of desparation. Your posts give me more confidence to go with it. ~karen

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from each and every one of you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa