Quilting, Farming, Variety

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Preparing a Quilt Lining


This week I brought this quilt top out of the cupboard to put on the frames, after being stored away for a few years. It was made from a design by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins, collectively known as Piece O' Cake Designs. The centers of the star blocks are made from four, small, paper pieced string blocks and they are set together with a beige on beige print. I had already purchased enough of the beige print for a lining. Now this is a large top and when I laid out the lining fabric for measurement, it came up a few inches short. What to do? No way could I find more like it. I had seen pieced linings on quilting blogs, and thought, "why not?" And then I found an article in a quilting magazine about artistic additions on the backs of quilts, resulting in "backstage" productions, simply by piecing different fabrics or inserting extra blocks from the quilt top for a surprise on the back.
The borders of the quilt are made from one inch pieced strips, so I decided to piece together strips to go across the lining to lengthen it:

The pieced strip will be inserted into the lining fabric, making it long enough for the top. Problem solved? I sure hope so; if not I'll simply piece another row of strips and insert it. I think it will be as entertaining as the main performance!
Charlotte

8 comments:

  1. Although I'm not a quilter, I love seeing your beautiful quilts. This one is so, so pretty . . . love the pattern and the blues!

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  2. This seems like a perfect solution to me, and when the quilt is turned back there will be a pretty border. Your quilts with string blocks are some of my favorites...love the star block with the string block center.

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  3. Well done! Your quilt top is a beauty and the pieced backing will be an extra bit of spice added to it.
    I admire your quilting talents. I wish I had the skills and stamina to quilt by hand. You are amazing! :)

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  4. I know nothing about quilting but your quilts always amaze me. Beautiful colors.

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  5. Wow! I just love the stars, colors, the pattern of this splendid quilt top. It is stunning! Sounds as though you have the perfect solution to preparing the quilt lining. Beautiful blue colors!

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  6. That is one more beautiful quilt..I tried making a border like that one time and it was hard but yours will do fine, you are so talented..

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  7. You are incredible! It is going to work out well; I'm sure of it.
    I wish I could let you have those books Charlotte. It was hard to part with them, but I am pretty sure I won't reread them. I'm so pleased to have them all unpacked and in place!

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  8. This quilt top is so beautiful!!! Are you going to sell it?

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