Last week I made myself a promise, to tackle the #behemoth from the rear. A quilt has two sides, a front and a back. And a middle, the squishy bit. Rather like ourselves, a front face, a backside and a rather squishy middle. Or like me in any case. I should in my own case be paying attention to my middle but I am concentrating on the backside of the #behemoth.
As I said last week, in my #bravequilter post, I love the interest and creativity of a pieced backing. There is nothing more boring than a plain backing with minimal quilting. Now a plain backing with intricate quilting is a thing of beauty, but my quilting hasn't reached that standard ... yet. I have got over the fear that the pieced backing looks a bit poor mouth, as it did way back in my first quilting adventures in the 1990s and so I decided to embrace the #behemoth and jump straight in.
My backing is still in two parts. But be patient. The sum of the parts is the whole.
And this is the first part, bobbing in a gentle breeze in the sunshine on Sunday.
I had a few blocks made early on which didn't make the cut. This was mostly because they were bigger blocks with a predominance of white. As the sea glass tones took over the quilt, the white became rather a distraction. Funny how it evolved like that, in the original concept the white was to be the unifying colour between the blues and greens.
I decided to use these large blocks in the back with the origami fabric I had chosen for backing. I had bought what was left on the roll from Cindy, Fluffy Sheep Quilting in Galway. I had thought it might need to be supplemented, but the quilt is a bit bigger than was originally planned.
I also got a little carried away making the flying geese, a previous #bravequilter challenge I set myself.
This next photo is of the other side of the other side. Again taken on Sunday, and not quite completed but as it was yesterday afternoon.
I had a little spare time this morning and decided to finish off. Remember the generations of women for whom Monday morning was housework? Not in this house. This is what feminism is all about. Sewing instead of hovering!
I had previously sewn some of the trimmed off blue half square triangles into two blocks. I sewed these together and just added and cut and added and cut. I love fabric play like this. Its the grown up version of a toddler cutting and sticking bits of paper on a blank sheet. This strip was topped and tailed with more origami.
My not very good photo was taken today in the blustery wind and rain. No juvenile jokes place about blustery wind and backsides. We are not at home to Mr Smutty as I used to say to my twin sons.
Apologies for the dodgy photos.
Now, I am assuming when I sew these two halves together they will be approximately the same length. I am also assuming that when the sandwich is made, this new backing will be the approximate length and width. There is a distinct possibility there may be some more cutting and sewing. I just hope I don't "lose" any good bits.
So, the games afoot as Sherlock Holmes says. Hopefully towards the end of the week I will begin to wrestle with the quilting. Quilt Wrangling. Should this be an Olympic sport?
linking up with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts, Main Crush Monday.