I got into my studio not sure what I wanted to do. So I lit my candle and folded some fabric that was lying around and then I knew I wanted to try my new idea of making a quilt back. I was looking through my shelves of fabric, unsure where to begin. Then I thought of the elephants. Someone gave them to me a long time ago. It was when I was in my studio at Old Bedlam Farm. She asked me to use the elephant fabric to make a quilt for her mom. (I think it was her mom) So I did. It was called Sister Elephants. She told me to keep the left over fabric (and had sent me a lot of other fabric too) and I’ve had it since.
This is how the back of the quilt idea really worked. Until today I was a bit afraid to use the elephant fabric. It was so special and I didn’t want to waste it. But, because when I’m making a quilt back, I feel less pressure, using the elephant fabric came easy. (I’m not sure if this makes sense to anyone but me, if not I’ll try to explain it better)
So I laid out the elephant fabric then used the same technique that I use when I make a quilt back. That is, I look for fabric that loosely goes with the front of the quilt. Since there is no front of the quilt, I looked for fabric that went with the elephants. But it had to be fabric that I’ve had for a long time. Either because I was saving it or because I just never found a place for it in my work. The other thing I do when I make quilt backs is use big pieces of fabric. And whole pieces of fabric. I don’t cut a smaller piece from a larger piece of fabric. I use what works color wise and size wise.
I stuck to my “rules”… mostly. Because at some point this quilt back became the quilt front. That was unavoidable I guess. Don’t know how to stop it from happening. Not unless, when I make the back I like it more than the front.
Anyway, I don’t think I’m quite done with this. Maybe a strip along the sides and I still have to sew the piece along the bottom. But I do love the way it came out so far. And I think the process really worked. I do wonder what will happen with the back though. Something to look forward to on Monday.