First, "How much fabric do I need?". My Dash-in-the Box pattern quilt is 5 blocks by 6 blocks. I have just shown one of them here. They come in many colors. See my past post on this quilt.
For 10" blocks, I need a backing 50" x 60" plus margins. I fall short of a typical width fabric. I know I have a pale sort of pink extra wide batik fabric that I bought special for a queen size quilt and then decided I did not like it for the intended quilt. (Note to self... future post on this yet unfinished quilt.) I thought this extra wide batik would go with this 50" x 60" quilt top but I cannot find it to audition it and decide. (I also bought an extra width green polka dot for backing my Grinch quilt and cannot find that either.) Obviously I cannot remember where I stored my extra width fabric. They are rather bulky when folded so I had to have stuffed them somewhere. Grrr.
So, OK, if I do not use extra wide fabric that I cannot locate, I fall short of the typical fabric width and have to seam. Therefore I need at least twice the shorter width or 100 inches. Surely I must have a length of fabric 3+ yards long in my stash. The Cotton Patch, my quasi-local (~ 1/2 hour away) quilt shop, always has sale bins of pre-cut lengths of fabric at really cut prices, pre-bagged in extra-length gallon-size Zip locks. Usually these lengths are 3 yards or more end-of-the-bolt kind of deals. I cannot resist these and snatch up the more unique and pretty ones, often with a larger scale print, that I reason are suitable "for backing". Since my quilt front has the mottled look of a batik, I wanted a fabric that did not have a crisp print.
This rainbow fabric has many colors and I have 4 yards of it but it is too crisp a print in my opinion.
I have 6 yards of this kind of speckled multicolor fabric. It is a less crisp print, but I think it is still a bit too harsh. Also it is not a batik and I think putting it on the back portrays it as a batik wanna-be.
I found I have 5 and 2/3 yards of this aqua fabric that has a kind of water color look to it. I am not sure I want something quite so uni-color, although it is a contender.
I have 3 and 1/4 yards of this batik with hearts on it. This is barely enough so I will not be able to match the seam, which I try to do on all my quilt backs.
Then I thought, "What if I back it with a muted strip or muted polka dot?" I came across in my stash 2 yards each of these blended stripes. I had intended to use this fabric to design some kind of quilt that just cleverly rotated the strip directions or chevroned the stripes in the blocks, but thus far that cleverness has eluded me. Maybe I can use all four and piece a back of four or eight sections. This would repeat the lines of the churn dash blocks on the front, especially if I rotate them. This approach also does not use up all collective 8 yards of this fabric and I could still use the rest of it in the future. I think this idea has the most merit thus far. Of course, it is like making a second quilt for the back.
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- This post's multicolored Churn-Dashish quilt
- Doll quilt - awaiting binding and a missed goal for last week
- Grinch quilt - on design wall for assembly and creative sashing solution
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Stats since last WIP 1/9/13:
Completed projects - 0
New projects - 0