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Monday, June 20, 2011

Swimming in Orientals

I hadn't planned to have a design wall Monday post today since I didn't have anything of note to show...but then I got a good hour of sewing in while Jack crashed on the couch and finished a back for one of Lois' UFOs. If you haven't heard of Lois before, she is the quilting friend who passed away unexpectedly at the end of 2009 and left me her stash, complete with 56 UFOs. With the help of my bee, we got through lots of them last year, but we have been moving a little slower this year since we finished three big ones for nieces and nephew.  Earlier this year, Kathy, who I quilted the girl scout quilt for over the weekend, put the borders on this one, so all it needed was a back. 



Lois was always one for scrappy backs and she had two full rolling cart drawers full of Oriental FQs and quarter yards. I decided a scrappy Oriental back would be perfect for this quilt. As the mood struck me, I pulled fabric and pieced it together. I decided last night that this would be a good back to finish this month since I have challenged myself to use my Janome for only quilting, binding, and piecing backs this month (no new blocks!). With a couple hours work, I got it all put together. The middle has quarter yard pieces with half yards on the ends and the sides are FQs. 
I even have a friend who said she'd be willing to quilt this one, let's hope the offer is still good :) The question I have for all of you is whether I can use a black batting with this. A couple of the stars and the inner border are lighter in color, so I am not sure if the batting would really show through or not. If you have an opinion or some experience, please let me know! Lois had lots and lots of black batts, and so far, I have only been able to use part of one, so I'd love to be able to use another one on this quilt if it will work without showing through.

6 comments:

Cheryl Willis said...

black should be ok if that is what you have to work with, I say go for it! cw

Reenie said...

I think the black would be fine. Love the top and the backing!

Stephanie said...

Place the light stars on top of the black batt and then on the light batt and see if you notice a difference and if it distracts....am I the one quilting it? I can probably do it in July.

Alycia said...

Love that quilt! I think the black should be fine - lay the cream color over it and see if you can see the batting thru it.

AnnieO said...

What a fun back--good way to clear out some bins! I have no experience with black batts so will leave that to the experts :)

Anonymous said...

A black batting would be fine for this. I just put one on a quilt that had a few beige blocks on it and it did not distract or turn much darker at all. Place the top over it, stand about 6 ft away and see if you can notice a big difference. It actually might make the entire quilt look more even. Go for it. I love the top. Dar