4th of July Basting-Palooza

Yesterday Maureen and I pin-basted four quilts (don’t worry, she was paid handsomely for her time). We started around 11:30 and finished after 10pm. I’m not sure if I ever want to baste this many quilts in one sitting again; I was sore all-over. Next week I take my machine in to be serviced and then I start quilting. Well, in theory I start quilting late next week. On July 15th my mom is having her second knee replacement surgery which means I will be dividing my time between work, stuff-that-gets-in-the-way-of-quilting, quilting and helping out with my mom. Everything will get done but not at light-speed.

You’ll notice that one of these quilts has a back made from not-inexpensive Keiko Goke fabric. My feeling on quilt backs is that if I’m going to spend X amount of fabric on the quilt top then, if I can afford it, I’m going to use fabric I like on the back. I could use old bed sheets or slightly cheaper Ikea fabric but I don’t want to. I drop enough income into this hobby that a few more bucks for a nice back is OK with me. Suum cuique pulchrum estof course, you might think putting this fabric on the back is a waste.

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obligatory 'here's my helper!' photo

obligatory ‘here’s my helper!’ photo

And because the War on WIPs is something I’m terrible at I went and bought the fabric for my next-ish quilt. All the fabrics are from Robert Kaufman’s House of Denim collection (check out the logo below, very cool) and the general idea of the quilt is a copy inspired by Josef Albers‘ Homage to the Square works. Stay tuned!




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  1. If I had the money I would choose fabulous backs too 🙂 Luckily I am completely under the thrall of the IKEA numbers fabric so it makes me happy and doesn’t break the bank all at the same time 🙂 But i am totally in love with your Keiko Goke as well 🙂

  2. You’re doing great, no matter what you put on the back! I missed seeing you and Maureen at the barbecue today…hope things are going well. Tell Maureen I said “hi”.

  3. I agree, don’t skimp on the backing. If you use the quilt, you will notice the backing fabric, and you may have it against your skin, so all the better to use a good fabric. While I live near an Ikea, I haven’t checked out their fabrics.

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