Through a trunk show and slide presentation, guest speaker Jane Adolf shared how to provide a quilt back that will be easy for your long-armer to load and stitch to your quilt top. She addressed the many decisions a quilter faces when choosing a backing, such as the front and back “talking” to each other, use of the quilt (throw/bed/wall), style (traditional/modern/solid), thread color, seams, and busy vs. plain. What is on the front can often help dictate what is on the back, and options can include using an orphan block, leftover fabric, or panels, and the always interesting choice of trying something new.
She shared many examples of the options she shared.
These are some of the beautiful fronts for which I failed to get a back picture…
and here are some of the backs for which I failed to get a front pictures. Or maybe I just forgot which fronts and backs went together.
Members were encouraged to bring quilts to share that had interesting backs.
Debbie fall leaf quilt
Kim’s backing pieced two of the fabrics used in the top.
Mary Jo used an extra block in her backing.
Sylvia has been busy making Quilts of Valor.
Kim’s Halloween wall hanging
Sandy shared a placemat that has been made into a hot iron carrier and a shirt pillow.
This Sunbonnet Sue quilt was made by one of the first LNT presidents thirty years ago,
There are always surprises, such as these plastic bags (perfect for those UFO’s) Susan had for the taking.
At our next meeting on November 21, Terrie will show us how to make these great clothesline baskets.