Wow! You did it! : )
The pattern sets you free here, leaving you to piece the backing and binding with fabrics of your choice.
Here’s the back of my quilt! I wanted it to stay masculine so I used these fun strips. I also knew it’d do a nice job of complimenting my white-straight-line quilting.
If you are new to quilt-basting, let me please refer you to these great, free tutorials:
• Spray and Pin-Basting Tutorial from That Girl, That Quilt:
• Pin Basting from Red Pepper Quilts:
• Spray Basting from Film in the Fridge:
I absolutely love spray basting. I will never, ever go back to pin basting as I have had much better results with this method – not to mention that it is QUICK. Here’s my quilt all laid out, happily basted on my living room floor.
Think you can’t quilt this on your home machine? I say hogwash! For this quilt, you can get a great look by doing simple straight-line quilting. Here’s what I did:
I carried these lines all the way to the edge of the quilt. In fact – the only places I marked the quilt-top were in the outside borders, making sure my lines stayed straight. Other than that, I just used the corners of my pieced squares as guides as I sewed!
Looking at the above diagram, I first sewed the red diagonal lines. I rolled up my quilt (it’s a Queen-size) from opposite corners so that the middle of the quilt (on a diagonal) was what was left exposed. I like to start in the middle to tackle the most difficult part first. Once I get the absolute centers of the quilt done, I know that the bulk in the neck of my machine will just get smaller as I go. So I do my center “Red” line, and then head to the outside. I flip the quilt around and do the next center-most “Red” line and head out to the other side. Then I flip the quilt, re-roll, and do the same method for the “Blue” lines. Then I re-roll and do the “Green” lines, starting in the center and working to one side, then flipping it around and going from the center to the other side. I re-roll and do the “Orange” lines doing the same center-out process. Then I have a glass of wine!
So here’s my quilt! All quilted! All square! It just needs binding. I’m going to use this fabric – snazzy!
If you are new to binding a quilt, let me please refer you to his great tutorial:
or this one!
You’ll have to excuse me for not having a finished, binded quilt picture to show you. I have other deadlines I need to pursue! But thank you all SO MUCH for following along, regardless of when you’ve found these blog posts.
Please post pictures to the flickr group – or link to your blog in the comments – so I can OOO and AHHH over your beautiful projects!
All the best!