Monday, July 12, 2010

Design Wall Monday

On my design wall today is the start to the backing for Erica's quilt.  After some preliminary math and a bit of cutting and sewing--and a small mess up involving unsewing and recutting and sewing---the first initial was done.
Then, realizing I was going to have to square up a LOT more of the triangle squares, I took myself to Michael's with the "make your own sale" 50% off coupon and bought one of these rotating mats.
I wish I had bought one years ago--this thing is great!  I could layout and trim four pieces at a time, rotate the mat and cut the other two sides.  What an amazing time saver.  Kicking myself now for being cheap!  Also while I was out I had to hit the quilt shop for more of the background, being short just inches of the final piece I needed. Not that it's a hardship for me to go to my LQS...anyway, back home more cutting and arranging took place and by the end of the day I had the initials all made.

The squares are 7" finished and the triangle squares 1 3/4" so the initials are about 35" high.  The overall piece is about half the width of the finished quilt so will make a big splash on the back!  Not sure how we're finishing out the remainder of the backing.  Another trip to the quilt shop may be in order.  Oh, darn!

7 comments:

Gwen said...

Check out Eleanor Burns Square up ruler. It is really easy to use and you trim them folded, cutting through two sides at a time. The rotating mat is great!

Diane said...

What a great idea for the back of a quilt--never seen that before! lot of work for sure tho.
thanks for sharing.

QuiltSwissy said...

LOL. A back, are you crazy??? It is beautiful enough for a front!

I love the Ort in your title. A crossword puzzle word! LOL.
glen

Stephanie D. said...

You've convinced me--I need one of those!

Vicky said...

Love my rotating mat, especially when marking applique. I can turn it a bit without having to take my hands off the piece I'm marking.

Laurie said...

Okay, I'm a bit dense...It took me forever to figure out what letter you'd done. The E looked like a backwards C to me; even after I knew it should be an E! What a good use of leftover fabric from the front.

*karendianne. said...

I think that's a pretty darn neat backing. Difficult, too. Love the spinning mats. Happy to read you have one. You darn sure need and deserve it!!!