Monday, December 5, 2011

D9P backing and the beginnings of a new quilt

Yesterday, hubby and I visited Joann's and picked up the backing for my double 9 patch quilt. I had such a hard time deciding what to use! Should I buy a solid or a print? Should it be a subtle print or something bold? Purple? Pink? Blue? Green? I looked at the walls of fabric and felt completely overwhelmed.

I found a simple floral print I liked, printed on a white background. However, I've been hesitant to use any white in my backings as I know it will get dirty very fast. I decided that since this quilt already contained fabric choices that were not... wonderful... I would just go for something simple: a light pink to offset the very bold top.

I'm not sure I made the best choice, but I've found I learn better by trial and error. If this doesn't work, then I will know better for my next quilt.

Over the weekend, while I waited until we had an opportunity to visit the fabric store, I started another quilt. I just couldn't help myself. Since high school, I've been wanting to make a denim quilt, one I saw on HGTV. I couldn't find the exact pattern, though I had printed it years ago. Who knows where those papers disappeared to! I'm still not sure exactly what pattern I'll use, but I decided to start prepping the fabric.
A bucketful of jeans

I've been saving jeans for years. Some of the jeans have holes in them; others I grew too fat or too skinny to wear. Now I only wear skirts so all of these jeans are going into my quilt. Who knows? Maybe I'll have enough denim for more than one quilt.

What I have cut so far

What still needs to be cut

While at Joann's, I found the perfect flannel backing for my denim quilt! Even better, it was 70% off! I bought the rest of the bolt.

There is still a ton of prep work to be done on the denim. I haven't cut squares out yet. I've only cut the useless parts of the jeans away from the usable fabric. Once I determine the size of my squares, I can actually begin cutting the blocks. First, though, I need to finish the double 9 patch quilt. I just needed something to keep myself busy while waiting to buy the backing fabric!

Happy quilting!


Anonymous said...

Your quilt is almost done:) Hooray! I LOVE the idea of a denim quilt. I have always thought it would be awesome to make one. Denim looks really good in a rag quilt too since it frays so nicely. The kitties are CUTE ♥ Can't wait to see it!

Anonymous said...

The backing for the denim quilt with the kitties is perfect - hard to tell for the other one. How about a functional denim wall hanging with the pockets? - You might need some bigger pockets too, but that could be cute if you don't have enough for a second quilt, just a thought.

Renée's Country Quilts said...

Thank You so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I really like your blog and projects also.
Have a great week!

Naomi said...

I LOVE the Kitties flannel! It is so cute and a perfect compliment to the denim.

Kathy said...

I like your plan to make the denim quilt. I've always wanted to make one with a flannel backing and have the edges come to the front and form a soft frayed texture. Good luck to you on the project.