I dithered and pondered and dithered some more on how to back this and quilt it. I’m not the most decisive of quilters!
But a sale at Spotlight decided me. Minky backing like I wanted all along – even if it’s not the colour I had in mind, I love it!
I didn’t bother with batting as I was using the snuggly minky on the back. It’ll make a great quilt to snuggle up with during winter. Which is a lot colder in NZ where this quilt is headed for my sister’s birthday.
The minky wasn’t quite wide enough, so I added a pieced back, bring in some of the colour from the front.
I actually ran out of Pink Color Weave (I only needed a 4” square – isn’t that typical?!) so I found another pink fabric in my scrap bag that was a close enough match.
So here’s a confession. I rarely use my walking foot to quilt. I find my applique foot works better. I don’t know why that is as a walking foot is designed just for quilting. But mine leaves me with uneven stitches and it doesn’t feed the quilt through nicely. Oh yeah, and then when I thought I’d try to be a proper quilter and use the walking foot to quilt with… it up and did this:
Damn you walking foot. It did this the entire length of the quilt. Colour me unimpressed. So a bit of time was spent hanging out with my seam ripper. Don’t want it feeling neglected through lack of use after all. Then I went back to the applique foot and it was smooth
I went very basic. Just a big giant asterisk to hold the backing and top together. I wish I could have done better to do this quilt justice, but eh. The piecing will just have to speak for itself.
Even all dishevelled it looks pretty.
So final details: pattern is Round and Round by Camille Roskelley. LOVE. I used a grey homespun, with shades of Color Weave for the pop of colour. Thrilled with how beautifully they paired together. Rough final measurements are 68” x 75”. Which miracle of miracles is pretty close to the final measurements in the pattern (68” x 72”).