I finally quilted my Handmade With Love Quilt from the Said With Love sew along earlier this year (click here to read all the details of the sew along) using Cotton + Steel Garland and Tinsel fabrics.
Then I did my favourite ‘snow tracks’ quilting… organic wavy lines all the way down the quilt.
Now to be fair, I had finished the quilt top during the sew along (phew! I kept up!) but of course I wanted to do something a little different with mine.
You have probably figured out by now that I love making double sided quilts …. and this one was no different!
So for the back I used the @dairyofaquilter tutorial for the Holiday Patchwork Forest quilt and I used @sterlingquiltco instagram tutorial on how to make the trees from a layer cake. Though I did use the same trunk fabric throughout the entire quilt as I had lots of that available.
I just *happened* to have a Winterberry layer cake and a few odd layer squares from Winter’s Lane (oh, and have you heard the news that Kate & Birdie are re-releasing Winter’s Lane!??!?! Colour me excited!)
Now as our Xmas falls in the middle of our summer (think 40 degree celcius and eating salads and cold seafood!) we don’t need a lot of quilts to snuggle under… but this one might very well become an ‘under the tree quilt’ so we can put our presents on it. And then it will get another airing during our winter when we celebrate ‘Xmas in July’. Us southern hemisphere dwellers get to celebrate Xmas twice!
But we definitely did NOT need two Christmas quilts!
Or maybe it will just stay in our lounge and become a very favourite snuggling quilt!
A few people have asked how I do the ‘backs’ of my double sided quilts…. so here are a few tips! (and a cute pic of @thefabrichusband wrangling my large double sided quilt!)
How to create your own double sided quilt
- Make two quilt ‘tops’ that you love
- I like to use fabrics from the same line or designer or similar colours OR have a similar theme like Xmas for the two sides
- Your ‘back’ quilt needs to be wider than your front quilt to allow for quilting (so if getting it long arm quilted you will need AT LEAST 4″ each side wider). I usually have at least 2 inches either side
- I don’t like cutting through actual quilt blocks on the back, so I usually put a large border around my back quilt so there is lots of wiggle room when basting
- Spend the time ensuring that your back quilt lines up straight in relation to your front quilt. I baste on a table so there are nice edges I can line things up on.
- Remember that finished is better than perfect 🙂
And why would you want to create a double sided quilt I hear you ask??
There are always more quilt patterns I want to make than I really need finished quilts for, so this is a great way to get all those quilt tops out of my system without ending up with a gazillion quilts!
And I think plain backings are a little dull and a lost opportunity 🙂
And I *might* have a small fabric buying problem (ok, ok, I am a fabric addict!) so finding delicious fabrics with which to make a second quilt isn’t that difficult!
Tell me, have you ever done a double sided quilt?