Monday, September 12, 2011

Design Wall Monday - September 12th

It was a busy weekend.  Kiddo had two volleyball games.  Plus My Guy had to pack for his 4 week trip to the UK, which meant laundry needed to be pretty much done by Sunday mid morning.  Add in a bad case of lethargy for most of the week and the result is not much going on in the sewing room. 

I did finish the backing for the Flurry quilt.  Typically I don't pay much attention to the back of any quilt,  but a couple of weeks ago Marg (Sunshine?Paradise?) was lamenting that she didn't have enough backing fabric for her Flurry top.  That started a whole email exchange of ideas of what could be done to remedy that without buying any new fabric.  The idea of making the back look like one big Christmas present came out of that exchange.  Turns out my choice for backing fabric was a bit short as well, so I used EQ to see if that design idea would work with the fabric I had in the stash.  This is the result:

 
I like how it turned out, though I wish I'd had enough white to switch the red and white in the "ribbon" and "bow" parts.  This quilt is intended to be a Christmas gift for someone, so I think I'm going to make the quilt label look like a gift tag. 

The Flurry project was done as a quilt along with Marg (Sunshine?Paradise?), Larri (Seams Inspired) and Shay (Quilting in My Pyjamas).  It was a lot of fun seeing how the different fabrics in each quilt gave a different dynamic.  That's one of the things I've missed the most about not being able to take quilt classes, being able to see how others interpret the project.  So thanks Marg, Larri, and Shay for the inspiration, the fun and for letting me play along. 

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20 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love the "gift wrap" backing. A gift tag for the label will be perfect. How ingenious.

Vicki H. said...

That is a great idea!! LOVE IT

Quilter Kathy said...

LOVE this backing...brilliant idea for your flurry!

thea said...

Wow! That is beautiful and so creative. I love it.

Shelia said...

The back just adds to the overall effect of the Flurry quilt. Great idea!

Kate said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE this backing! It's so much fun and the perfect back to the Flurry presents. Great job!

Gari in AL said...

What a great idea. I think that would also look great on a comfort quilt for a child. Thanks for sharing.

P. said...

That is just brilliant! Love the idea of the label being a gift tag.

Chris said...

I LOVE LOVE this backing. What a great idea! Your idea of a gift tag-label is brilliant.

AnnieO said...

Totally awesome, to quote the 80's! Love your gift wrap idea bunches, plus the execution is perfect. Excellent!

Eden said...

what an excellent back, and the label as a gift tag is the perfect final touch! I like the red and white the way it is, and look at it this way... less white means less fabric that shows dirt and wear easily. Can't wait to see the whole thing.

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

I love your idea for a backing!!!!

Keep Stitchin' said...

What a fun idea, I love it!

Shay said...

The back looks fabulous Kate. I was going to be slack and just do something plain but now that I've seen yours I may have to do a re-think!

Marg said...

Your back looks fabulous. I'm hoping to start mine very soon. Thanks so much for coming up with such a wonderful design.

Lynne said...

I love it - great idea, well executed!

Vivian said...

That is one cute package! lol Absolutely love it.

Angie in SoCal said...

Love the back of your flurry quilt.

Chris said...

Perfect!!! I love what you did for the back. What a great idea.

Larri said...

Your Flurry back is fantastic! I absolutely love it. I so hope to stitch it together this week. Thanks for all your help with the dimensions. I truly appreciate it. Happy Wednesday! ☺