I had a bit of a brainwave – at least, I think that’s what it was – with the scraps quilt blocks. I’ve now finished piecing all ninety-nine 8″ blocks, which I aim to stitch together in a 9 x 11 formation, which will make a quilt top something like 72″ x 88″, which is roughly single-bed-sized-ish. Ever since I pieced the first block in early January I’ve been fretting about how I’m going to quilt it. And then I found some scraps of quilt batting in a drawer, already conveniently (and coincidentally) cut into 8″ squares.
So now I’m thinking of it as a quilt-as-you-go adventure. Much easier to quilt each square before joining together – no grappling on the floor with huge swathes of backing and batting, no marathon three-day basting session, no need for a massive piece of quilt backing fabric. I could make the back of each block a different colour too, making the quilt almost reversible. I don’t know yet how I’m going to deal with the seams on the back but am leaning towards narrow strips that will act as sashing to separate the different coloured backings. If you don’t know quilt-as-you-go, none of this will make any sense. Google it!
I tried it on one block, keeping the quilting design really simple:
And the back of this block:
Because the blocks were pieced over paper, the finished block is slightly bigger than 8″ (because each seam adds a fraction of an inch to the total width with this method) I can see that I need to cut the backing squares slightly larger than 8.5″. I think it will work.
I hope it works…