Friday, October 16, 2015

The Giants - Part 2

My pal Julie and I agreed to do a quilt swap in 2010.  I made her what I still think is one of my all time best quilts.

When she asked for a quilt made from predominantly jewel tones, I knew just what kind of fabric I wanted for the backing,

a very big Philip Jacobs print.  I made a signature panel for the back of this one. Julie loved it.

What started as a way to alleviate my boredom one Sunday afternoon became this quilt, "Nine x Nine," a quilt with nine nine-letter words in different "font" styles. I felt the rectangular letters needed something colorful and curvaceous on the back.

Heh! I still love this print!

I made two "Rules" quilts for myself. Here's the Black one,

I found a terrific Jane Sassaman fabric for the back, which I loved so much that when I pieced it to make it big enough for the backing, I matched the pattern so the seam would be invisible.

because NOT to do that would have just been WRONG!

At a talk I gave a while back, a fellow quilter said to me, "You like busy backs." I don't think of them as "busy," but I think a big plain backing, which is what you get if you use a small print, looks very dull and uninteresting.  When I was drawing, it was important to frame the drawing so it showed the drawing off well. To me, the backing and the binding of a quilt do the same thing. They need to relate to the quilt. They need to show you're not "asleep at the post." Like Chris says, "Don't drop the ball on the back."


Pat said...

I love what you do with the backs. The print on the Nine x Nine is wonderful but it is just fun to have something really interesting on the 'other' side. I usually piece my backs and sometimes like the back better than the front.

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Anonymous said...

Whether a quilt is on a bed, or a wall, or over a quilt rack, you only get to see one side at a time. So, interesting backs are like a secret only the person who hung it, or draped it knows. That pitcher plant fabric is so sexy. Gotta love art nouveau.