The Mulberry Square quilt is coming right along. It's a large quilt, 95" x 95", so for the backing I could choose to purchase yardage of 120" wide backing fabric, or purchase a large quantity of regular size fabric and seam it all together, or get artsy and piece a backing out of what I already have in my stash.
I decided to go the artsy route. I tried this on the last quilt I made, and really enjoyed it. I just free-form pieced the backing together, using a rough, log cabin method, and used fabrics from my quilt top, and fabrics that coordinated from my stash. This is a great stash buster, if you think about it. Use some of those beautiful fabrics that you already own, instead of heading out to the store to buy a big piece of one single fabric, that will ultimately have a little bit left over & get added to your stash. Plus, it's fun! Above, you can see what I have sewn so far for the backing of this quilt.
Here is a close up of the piecing in this quilt. It's all marked for quilting, but you can't really see the marks in the photo. I hope I can see them for the quilting. I did not enjoy marking this quilt top & I don't think I'll do that again. I'm much preferring the free form, free motion quilting, over the arduous, pencil eating, quilt top marking method.
Again, here is a pic of the top of the Mulberry Square quilt. I just can't wait to see how it turns out when it's all finished. This design was featured in the July/August 2002 issue of Quiltmaker magazine, issue #86. It's about time I finished this quilt!
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Jennifer Schifano Thomas