Sunday, January 29, 2012

Cracker Scraps Backing

Are you all tired of this quilt yet? I feel like I've been working on it forever...between designing it, cutting up fabrics for a bee, getting back blocks from two different bees, sewing the top together, wanting to make it a king size, changing my mind and keeping it a queen size....

Cracker Scraps - Queen Sized



What? I'm keeping it a queen size?!

Yep. I couldn't quite see this one on our king size bed....it just doesn't seem enough like my husband. Plus all of the white. To know my husband is to know that the white just wouldn't be that way for too long. ;) But...it will be PERFECT for the guest room! That's exactly where you can get away with putting a lighter colored quilt because there isn't the same kind of daily wear and tear. And I wanted to make a quilt for that room but I thought it was ages down the road.



Cracker Scraps



AND I'm still going to send it off to be quilted by a long arm quilter...Krista in fact! I'm super excited because now I can do the design on it that I want and I don't have to make it husband friendly. ;)



When you send a quilt to a long arm quilter, they typically need the back just a little bit larger than I would normally make for my own quilting purposes because of how they need to load it into the machine. So I dove into my stash and pulled a bunch of fabrics that coordinated with the front.



Cracker Scraps Back




I had a strip of blocks already sewn together that I used as the center for the backing. And then I went to town with other fabric strips on either side. I'm a little bit in love with it.



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I love that this will basically end up as a two sided quilt if I want. Maybe I'll have the whiter side on for the spring and summer and the darker for fall and winter. Oh I'm getting excited!



Cracker Scraps Back





And talk about a stash buster! I love that all of these fabrics finally have a happy home. A lot of them are ones that were languishing in my stash....overlooked for fancier, brighter, chattier fabrics (you know...the ones that speak to me). Or they were fabrics that I thought I would love when I bought them online and then never quite found the right place for them. Each of these fabrics has its own story. But they all have the same ending: They make one fabulous back!



Cracker Scraps Backing





So next time you see it, hopefully it will be complete. I need to pick out a binding still, but that can wait. For now, I gleefully send off a project to Krista and let her do her magic. I feel like I'm playing chutes and ladders and I just got the ladder that takes you from the beginning of the game almost to the end!

23 comments:

  1. LOVE this quilt...and now that you've shown the backing I love it even more...I want to make a quilt back like this!

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  2. its looking great...waiting to see the finished quilt now xx

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  3. No, I'm not tired of this quilt. It's beautiful! The colors are so serene and calming, perfect for a guest room. And what a great idea to create the backing so that it serves as a reversible quilt! I can't wait to see how Krista quilts it. I'm sure it will be lovely.

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  4. I can't wait to see what Krista does with it! I am sure it will be beautiful.

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  5. I've made this pattern too, but in purples, teals and aqua. Yours is beautiful and perfect for a guest room. Your Chutes and Ladders analogy is clever. Enjoy your ride!

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  6. Congrats on the finish, and love the back too

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  7. It looks fantastic! I love how you tied it all together with the strip of blocks running down the center of the back. Well done!

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  8. Fabulous quilt and back! I can't wait to see it all bound and finished.

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  9. Oooh i can't wait to see what magic Krista makes with this beauty!

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  10. Just stunning! I was pouring over your blocks in the Modern Blocks book this afternoon - such an amazing collection!

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  11. Angela, it looks great! So pretty and springy!
    Can you share Krista's info, too? Her Flickr link doesn't have a website in her profile or anything.

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  12. This is lovely, love, love love the back and I can't wait to see it all quilted and done!

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  13. This quilt is new to me! I think the way you incorporated all the fabrics on the back is wonderful.

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  14. I love this quilt. Love the blocks, love the colors, LOVE the back. Can't wait to see the quilting.

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  15. Yeah for progress! It's amazing how fast 1/2 yards go on a quilt back. That quilt looks like a guest room quilt to me. I don't even know what that means, but I seriously think so.

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  16. Ouuuu, it is gorgeous!!! And I LOVE queen size quilts- the bigger the better :) Yipee!!!

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  17. It really looks amazing and I do enjoy the fresh color palette!! Enjoy!

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  18. Love it - both front and back! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  19. yay! I agree; it would be a lot of white fabric for your bed, but it will make for a very cozy guest room! The back is lots of fun!

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  20. gorgeous, I love the back so much

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  21. great use of lots of stash fabrics for the back! one goal for this year for myself is to use up more of my stash, instead of just buying more fabric, so this is an idea to remember. can't wait to see the completely finished quilt!

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  22. Oh man, that sucks about the first block, but glad the paper piecing rescued you. I managed to do a 42 piece paper piecing (on a 7" block) a couple of weeks ago for a bee, and I haven't actually dared count this week's. I can't really complain though, I drew the patterns myself, so it's entirely my own fault lol

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  23. Love!i can't wait to see it all quilted up!

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