March 26, 2009

Reverse Reverse!

Each time I hear the word reverse my mind immediately goes to a clip from the BBC comedy Father Ted. Anyway, back to quilting, Like 'to prewash or not to prewash' there is another group, those of us who piece our backs vs. those of us who think a single color/piece of backing is sacrosanct. Both sides are right because there aren't any rules, only what works for each of us. Today I'll share some of the reverse sides (I hesitate to call them 'backs' as once they are quilted both sides do full duty on the bed.) It is fairly obvious which side of the fence I quilt on. The quilt above is the reverse side the John Deere quilt I made for Rob. This is a great way to use up what is left of theme quilt fabrics.
This is my red/white/black back titled Ode To Joan, my good friend who loves these colors in her quilts. It is the reverse side of one of my chicken quilts, Chanticleer.
I think this is one of my least attractive backs, the reverse side of one of my favorites, titled Sisters. Both sides of this quilt were my first efforts to work strictly from stash. There are only four fabrics in this back and the stripes were a real PITA to work with. This is the first time I had my working wall in place and it was invaluable, I can't imagine how I made quilts before I had one!
This is every single last piece of the fabrics my friend Elle and I purchased for a joint project titled Spirit of the Mesa. Being restricted by what you have adds a great deal of creativity to your work.
I love this reverse side because I love purple/green/yellow-orange together. It was my first effort at doing a layout in Electric Quilt software. My only one in fact, I just don't have time to work with it long enough to remember what I learn. The other side is a Delectable Mountains.
This is the reverse side of my Dear Jane/Jane Stickle quilt titled Two Sides of Jane. It was just a exercise to teach myself to appliqué, and working with mixed neutrals. I think it is my all time favorite top.
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Pam said...

Your talents are unsurpassed and having seen some of these in person only made them more special

The Numismatist said...

Again, your quilts are beautiful. I especially love the last one.

I have pieced a number of backs and am always surprised at how much I like them. However, most of my backs just coordinate in color with the front.

Do you have your quilts appraised?

Lynn said...

Your quilt backs are great! How do you manage to get everything lined up straight with the top and back when you baste/pin quilt lahyers together?

Anonymous said...

ILove the last one, by far the best side of any Jane!

Piecefulafternoon said...

Wow - so clever and so beautiful.

Linda B. said...

My goodness, your backs look nicer than my fronts!!!! Great talent. I just found your blog today and will put it on my list. So, you like chickens too? I won't own any, but I love them in fabric, ceramic, garden art, etc, etc.
I don't want any real ones because I own 42 alpacas and don't want to be caring for any more animals. enough, already.

Bizarre Quilter said...

Wow! What a collection.. I love your reversed Jane...