My favorite quilt teacher Billie Mahorney always encouraged her students to make the backs of their quilts interesting, incorporating leftover blocks or fabrics from the front. I took Billie’s lesson to heart.
This is the back of Baby Selene’s quilt:
In case you missed my earlier post, this is what the front looks like:
The design, made of 16 identical pineapple blocks, is from Karin Hellaby’s book Pineapple Plus (Quilters Haven Publications, 2010).
I had four blocks left over that couldn’t be used because the prints were in different positions. Apparently they were destined for the back. I supersized one of the leftover blocks by adding two more rounds, then set that block and two more on point. I floated the three blocks on a soft green background printed with drifting leaves.
The result looks rather modern, doesn’t it? It would look even more so with different fabrics. I may have to test that theory by making another quilt incorporating a plus-sized pineapple block or two.
After this one is quilted, I’ll add a label in the lower right-hand corner that echoes the larger blocks. It may be as simple as a square in a square or I might add another round or two to make a mini-pineapple block. I think Billie would approve.
Hi dear friend, One very lucky baby is going to love this quilt. I am very intrigued about over sized blocks and how some quilters have made quilts with only a few blocks. Happy quilting in 2017!
Beautiful quilt – both front and back! Such great, soothing colors for a baby! I make interesting quilt backs too! I like to think of it as icing on the cake!!! Happy 2017 to you and yours!!
The backs of your quilts are so interesting, but they also add such an additional element of originality that they become truly one of a kind! You ARE the best.
Dawn, the ‘pineapple plus’ pattern is almost moving or water flowing. Just perfect!!
You are a color combination artist!!