The last thing I needed to do before shipping the quilt to Utah to be quilted was to make the back. Now, I have always looked at the back of a quilt as a whole second project. You can make it as simple or as complicated as you want. It can be one solid color or you can piece the back and make it just as beautiful as the front. The only rule with making the back is that it needs to be 4″ larger on each side than the front. That means since I the front of this quilt measured 96″ X 96″, the back needs to be 104″ X 104″. This gives you enough room to secure the back in place when you make your quilt sandwich with the batting, the front, and the back. I send my quilts out to someone with a long arm quilting machine to be quilted, so I won’t be showing you that part of the process. This is just my preference, because I like the professional was the finished quilts look when they are quilted that way.
Judy had requested that I use the T-shirts that I wasn’t able to use on the front somehow on the back. She wanted to be able to see those shirts when she turned the bed down at night. Here is how it turned out:
Keep in mind that what you are looking at is the wrong side of the fabric except for the part at the top that is turned down as it would be when the bed is being readied for the night. This will make a lot more sense when we get the completed quilt back from the quilter.
It really is going to look better when the quilting is completed. I’ll be mailing the quilt to Jorja in Utah in the morning. She does her artwork with a longarm quilting machine, and will have it ready for me to pick up after April 26. The next time you see this quilt, it will be ready for me to send to Judy, where ever she may be at that time.