Thursday, March 19, 2009

Waste Not Continued...

Darlene posted about backs for quilts and asked for other blogger input about what they do for backs. This is a quilt of mine using leftover blocks and not having enough of any one of the fabrics I used in the top I pieced a "leftovers" back. This would have to fall into the WASTE NOT category as I did pay good money for these fabrics. Cindy left me a comment saying "I don't keep scraps - I keep "left over fabric" - because I always find a way to use any piece of fabric." It made perfectly good sense to me!

My little quilts are now quilted, bound (is that right?) washed and dried for a good crinkle and now hanging in my kitchen area. The pattern designer wanted me to toss out the scrap from the top quilt. Well, those were perfectly good LEFTOVERS and I was able to make the 2nd quilt by just adding the additional blue fabric.

I've spent this morning baking for tonight's guild event. We are having Karen McTavish lecture and trunk show! Longarm quilter's are well aware of McTavishing....and perhaps you've seen the quilter with the tattoo!


Libby said...

Love that back . . . although I would say you have a reversible quilt there *s*

Sherri said...

Your finished quilts are terrific...and I many quilts nowadays don't have "backs"...they are reversible!

Chelle (Dana) said...

Love the Quilt back! I will have to try that out. Also, love your finished quilts, I think they would look great at my house!

onlymehere said...

These are beautiful. I rarely throw out fabric either bz I use it all up in one way or another! I immediately sort the scrap into sizes in small ziplocs that stack in small Rubbermaid buckets. It makes it easy to use the scraps and I always know what I have! I love this blog. You inspire me! Cindy

Wendy said...

I love how you did the back, I agree you've made a reversible quilt for sure. The little scrap quilts are a nice addition.
I have to work for the next 3 days, I'm going to be one exhausted girl.

ivoryspring said...

Wow, so much work you put into making the backing. Lovely!!! I am inspired by your little quilts - they look so sweet.

Thank you for visiting and leaving the kind comment on my quilts. Do come back and visit, and we will keep on chatting about our quilts, okay?!


Carrie P. said...

Your little quilts are sweet. That is one thing I don't like about quilting is making the backs but maybe if I do what you did I might enjoy it more.

Brenda said...

That is wounderful!!! You don't throw out fabric!!! (at least I don't) And look what you got out of the remenants!! And I love the backing. I think that is a great way to do it, it makes it interesting and fun.

I really like the way those two hang together too!! looks so warming.

SubeeSews said...

Beautiful backs as beautiful as the fronts! Yes...BVonnie Hunter said you paid $XXX for a piece of fabric and she looks at "leftovers" as being worth that! And I agree.
Lucky you to be seeing Karen McTavish. I have her original WhiteWork Quilting book...signed! I love her work. Someday I will get a longarm.

Loris said...

That is one gorgeous quilt back! I agree I think the quilt is just reversible.
Enjoy the KMcT lecture. She is warm, inspiring, and a hoot!

Fiesta said...

I agree with you about scraps.
Great for coasters, potholders, baskets, applique, trivets, I can go on and on.
Love your little quilts.
did you hand quilt them?

Carol said...

Wonderful, wonderful backing! OMG it's just great. Love your finished quilts.

Sherrill said...

What did you bake for guild? Do you all have treats at each meeting? Good for you using up your 'leftovers' like that. I'm so ready to be done that I don't want to take the time piecing my backs!!

The Quilt Buddy said...

I am also in the "Waste Not Want Not" category! I also use the extra blocks for the backing.

All of your quilts are too cute! Love the display!

Have a good weekend! I'm still in FL.....

Millie said...

What a lovely back, two quilts in one. You are so lucky to see Karen McTavish and her quilts in person. Enjoy the quilt meeting.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I think the Mctavishing workshop will be the best! Your quilts look fabulous.

*karendianne. said...

Look, the cute little quilts are finished. Oh how I love them. They're so heartwarm, adn happy, and perfect for leftover fabric. I love how you can just turn around and create "just like that." You ROCK!!!

I like pieced backs but I'm always too lazy (aka: burned out) to make 'em.

Zlaty said...

Your quilts are so pretty! You finished them so fast!
I envy you for having Karen McTavishing, I am not a longarm quilter but recently was reading one of her books :)

Happy sewing!


Karen said...

I love what you did for the quilt back! It will make for a reversible quilt for sure. I have been recently trying to incorporate any leftovers to use as backings also. A sign of the hard economic times. Some of them turn out really neat. Your little quilts of leftovers are cute! It looks like you found a perfect spot for them! "Waste not, Want not." As my Grandfather used to tell me. :o)

Kim said...

"Leave-overs" is what some quilters call their scraps. I call it Stash! It's all usable and you know, we did pay the same price for that leftover fabric as we did for the portion that we used in the original quilt top, right? I say use it up, every speck!

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