Back To Square One
About 92" square
Back To Square One is finally completely done! This quilt was Judy Laquidara's mystery quilt for 2013 and it's one of my all-time favorites of Judy's quilts. If you like it the instructions are still posted on her site. For as long as her instructions are available I will also offer the kit.
This is what I had in mind when I started designing gradients. They are great for adding a lot of interest to a border with almost no effort.
I made this quilt to be the summer quilt for our bed. You can see that it's going to be big enough!
What makes it our summer quilt is the batting. I used a flannel sheet intead of batting. I did that for another quilt a few years ago and loved it. You don't get good texture to show off the quilting but it makes a great lighter-weight quilt. Because it's going to be an "everyday" quilt I quilted it with a panto (Feathered Curls). I used KingTut in the needle and SoFine in the bobbin.
Here's how it looks after washing and drying. I think it has a great crinkly old-fashioned look. I love it.
Not all quilts get a fancy label either. All I really wanted to make sure I recorded here was the date that I finished the quilt and that's done with a Pigma pen. Done and ready to go on the bed if it ever warms up.
Now, let me talk a little about this horrid backing fabric. It's a hand dyed fabric and should be quite a lot darker than it is. I bought it from Marshall Dry Goods. I have been buying my PFD backing fabric from them for a long time but the latest batch that I bought last fall is some of the worst fabric I've ever bought. It's really rough (compared to the fabric that I normally dye with) and it's not PFD. It has a blue cast to it and has to be scoured before dyeing. But even with scouring it doesn't take the dye well. All I can get are pale colors.
I bought 2 bolts of this crap for me and 2 for Country School to use for backing veteran's quilts. When I saw what it was doing I tried contacting Marshall Dry Goods 3 times about the problem. No one would call me back. Despite this quote on their web site:
"Our current wholesale and retail offering is over 2000 different fabrics in stock and we back every item 100%."
So much for guarantees. I gave up. The fabric is usable but I can't sell it. I will use it for backing for my own quilts and the veteran's quilts and I will never shop at Marshall Dry Goods again. If they are the last fabric shop on earth I'll start weaving my own fabric before I spend another dime there.