Sunday, 17 August 2014

Two quilts or one?

I finished off the Wild Flowers quilt top that I was working on whilst on holiday with the borders. This is the part I find hardest about EPP - trimming the edges off the shapes and then trying to find seam allowances to sew together, which I've accidentally sewn down already. But it's done.


I needed a back for it. Whilst on holiday I searched every charity shop in Sidmouth for vintage textiles and came up with the most poorly made (homemade), faded pillow case. It was, however, only faded on one side. But it did have a fastening made of dark green velcro. The best part, was that it cost just 50p! I decided it would be the basis for the backing of my holiday quilt. I forgot to photograph it before I pulled it apart...


When I do EPP I cut large square/rectangular pieces of fabric which I then trim roughly to the right shape with scissors as I baste them. This leads to quite a bit of waste, which I saved with the intention of doing some improv piecing. The pillow case back, once trimmed of fade and ruffle, was too small for the quilt front, so I improv pieced a strip, bordered it with more purple and added it in. The second purple stripe hides a slight mark on the fabric which is now in my seam allowance.


And the bottom strip of  purple was to bring it up to size. The problem I now have is that I like the back as much as the front. And now I can' decide whether to put it on the back, as it will be a wall hanging and I will never see it... or to have it as a second mini. What do you think?

p.s. Do you like my new shoes which have photobombed the pics? They match the dress I'm wearing for two weddings in two weeks. I just need them to stretch a bit before those weddings.

3 comments:

pennydog said...

Second mini!

Leo said...

Haha - I was going to ask if you always put on your best shoes before taking pictures ... and then came your pre-emptive strike with the PS ...

I can't realyl help you with your dilemma ... I mean yes a second mini to show off the back would be nice - but do you have space for it? if it's a wall hanging you coudl always add the hanging sleve at the top (like those modern curteins) fidde a bar trhough then you can turn it around, show off th eback and he front and the back again ..

DianeLoves2Quilt said...

I do think your backing is as worthy of note as the front. It must have been fun to create, too.