Friday, June 3, 2016
Using up leftovers
Perhaps you noticed when I showed pictures of my second flag quilt earlier this week that the back of the piece is quite a mishmash. I'm deliberately using up leftovers in all phases of my flag quilts -- leftover chunks of batting, leftover and recycled fabrics for the quilt tops, and miscellaneous fabrics for backing. Since I'm constructing the quilt in modules, it's easy to find some poor misbegotten piece of fabric the right size, or augment it, to back a small module. Sometimes I'm using pieced work that never made it to prime time as backing.
The yellow composition at the top was made several weeks ago for my drawing and design class -- I got permission from the teacher to do some color exercises in fabric instead of in paint. Then it made a fine quilt backing. The log cabin square at the bottom came from somebody else's leftover bag. The rest of the fabrics were given to me by somebody who wanted to get rid of her stash and didn't know that I don't much use commercial prints. Except they were perfect for this project.
So here's what some of the back looks like now that the modules have been cut into stripes and rejoined.