A Much Easier Backing Done

I had to run to the post office tonight so I didn’t have much time after our walk to get any sewing done. So I decided to make a quick backing for my scrappy trip quilt.

I finished this quilt top over a year ago. I’ve had the fabric for the backing for at least 9 or 10 months. It’s about time I get this backing done.

That red fabric for the backing is a Kaffe Fassett design called Mosaic Circles and I just love it. When I was making this quilt I was picturing this fabric for the back and I was really fortunate to find it on sale.

This quilt is small enough that there was no need to add any extra fabric to the backing. I was able to use two pieces of fabric sewn side to side and it’s the perfect size. And the real benefit is that the design is busy enough that I didn’t feel that there was a need to try to match the fabric.

I think that once it’s quilted that seam will virtually disappear. Have I mentioned how much I hate trying to match fabric on a quilt back?

I was very careful in measuring this quilt top to determine the size of the back. I think I measured seven times before I cut.

I didn’t want to have a repeat of the issues I had with the quilt back I made last weekend. And I have to say, it feels good to have another quilt ready to go off to my long armer! I will keep this quilt for myself. No idea where I’ll use it, but it’s one of my favorites and was something that I had wanted to make for a long time. I cut the fabrics for it from 136 unique fabrics from my stash!

And just take a minute to appreciate the amazing color ways that Kaffe Fassett creates!

I’ve decided I’m going to make a backing for my Kaffe Fassett Collective crumb quilt by the end of the weekend. I just love this quilt. In fact, it’s my favorite of all the quilts I’ve ever made. I will be keeping this one as well. I just can’t imagine parting with something that I love so much.

I finished this quilt top in July of 2020. I’ve had the backing fabric for quite some time. It’s another piece that I got on sale. I love finding fabric for a backing on sale!

It will be another simple backing. But I’ll need to add a strip of fabric across the center of this one to get the width I need. I pulled out some of Kaffe’s spots tonight to see what floated my boat. I also included the red guinea flower as an option since it’s the sashing fabric on the top.

I like this option the best.

I didn’t start cutting tonight but I did measure many, many times and wrote it all down.

It should all be pretty obvious when I come back to this later.

A really fun thing happened today. Free Spirit Fabrics featured Bender and my bucket hats on Facebook and Instagram! What a fun thing to see when I was scrolling through my social media feeds!

That Bender is becoming quite a social media star!

I think spring is finally serious here in Portland. We are on our second wave of blooming plants. It’s like everything took a month off and is now waking up! Th Rhododendrons are in all their glory right now. The roses are just starting to bloom. Here’s the first rose I’ve seen this spring. And it’s a doozy!

The peonies are also starting to open up. This one was pretty spectacular!

And this red horse chestnut tree was so vibrant! The pink color is striking. It’s the only one I’ve seen in the neighborhood.

And finally tonight, I’m thinking of making a few more hats so I put some fabric combos together this afternoon.

Most of the combos have at least one fabric that is a smaller, partially used piece. I thought that would be a good place to start so I would have smaller scraps left over. I might try to cut another hat out tomorrow night. I won’t have much time to be productive as I’m joining some friends for an evening of dog agility training.

I’m already looking forward to a long holiday weekend!

22 Replies to “A Much Easier Backing Done”

  1. Your quilts are all so beautiful! You and Bender are becoming quite the internet sensation. That’s awesome!!! Have you ever used extra wide fabric for the quilt backing? It’s so much easier than piecing. If you’re interested, check out backsidefabrics.com. The prices are competitive and are often a little lower than other places. There are a lot of great fabric choices (usually around 300) and even a few Kaffe Fassett fabrics. I’ve ordered numerous times and have always been pleased with the fabric as well as the customer service. The owner has always been very pleasant whenever I’ve called with questions.

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    1. I used a KFC wide backing for my blue KFC 16-patch quilt last fall. It was so easy and the fabric is really luscious. I may use them more now that there are a lot more Kaffe options available.


  2. Hi Anne. When you post your choices for linings or backings, I play a little game to see if you and I make the same choice. Your coral dots for the extra strip in the quilt backing was my choice too. Great minds think alike! LOL

    Bender and his posing like an experienced (and patient) model always cheers me up. You have the best quirky sense of humor.

    It’s going to be 6-8 weeks until I can sew again because of my hand injury, but your blog posts will keep me inspired.

    Enjoy your long weekend. I’m so glad you’re feeling good and are over the COVID restrictions.

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    1. Funny about choosing fabric options… I really just go with the one that speaks to me. The right choice is almost always really obvious to me. Glad we agreed on that one! I think I liked it too because it’s not in the quilt top.

      Take care of your hand!



  3. Hooray 💗 Bender has been recognized for his magnificent modeling abilities!
    That is so much fun to see – gives me a big smile🤗. Love seeing your projects in the making. Your quilts are fabulous- I love all the color. Thanks for sharing the flower photos too! Spectacular colors and variety. Have a beautiful long weekend❣

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  4. Oh my gosh does Bender get any cuter? Yes! I live vicariously through your photos of him. And now he’s a celebrity. Too cute!
    I liked your crumb quilt so much when you first posted it that I’m now in the process of making 2 twin size. These blocks are so much fun to make. Addicting.
    All those flowers are amazing. Lucky you to have so much inspiration so close.

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  5. Fabric store Hip Stitch in Albuquerque had KF on sale. Their HVAC system was vandalized/wrecked and they needed to raise some cash. Very nice ppl. Easy to order online.

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    1. I’ve used two different patterns. Neither of them are my patterns. You can find them with a Google search:

      Red Poppy’s bucket hat
      Orange Bettie bucket hat

      They are essentially the same. The REd Poppy has three difrerent sizes.



  6. I love the Crumb quilt with the borders around each block. The Zig Zag backing fabric is perfect and the spots fit in perfectly, I thing Spot can be used most anywhere and always plays nicely.

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    1. It’s amazing to me how something as simple as the spots can be so amazing. Jumble is the same way. Such a simple design but I just LOVE using it!

      I have a real soft spot for that crumb quilt.



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