Backing fabric. A search through my stash revealed several large pieces of fabric suitable for backing a quilt, as well as a number of fabrics that no longer fit my tastes, and one or two so hideous I can only wonder what I was thinking.
I’m looking at you creepy Asian fabrics with fat, bald figures.
So, what did I find?
Choice 1: Ancient Red Fabric
There’s quite a lot of this dark red fabric, which I believe I originally intended to use in all the red blocks of my Rattlesnake quilt, when I started the quilt ages ago.
I must have intended it for backing as well, because I have a ton of it. It has little black outlined bunnies and dots that are quite hard to see in the photo. Not a fabric I would buy now, but it reads as a solid and I could use it in future quilts fairly easily. It has the advantage that I have so much of it that it would require little piecing for the backing. It also looks quite nice with the main fabric I used in my Kaleidoscope quilt. I do still like that fabric, and it offers all kinds of possibilities when cut in different ways, but I am not sure when I would use it again. Plus, the style does not really match the front of the quilt.
Choice 2: Red Sarong
My search revealed this red sarong fabric that I picked up when I was in Malaysia or Indonesia. I think it would make an interesting backing, but it would need some piecing as it does not cover even 1/3 of the quilt. I could use it with black fabric I have on hand, or with some of the leftover reds…though I need to make sure to keep enough red on hand for the binding! I laid it out on the quilt top to see just how much extra fabric would be needed and the Quilt Inspector decided I should add something to provide perspective — himself! He always looks so serious when he is inspecting my quilts. You can also see a purple fabric that I have quite a bit of in the pic. It could be used on its own or with the sarong.
Choice 3: Blue and Gold Sarong
I have another sarong that has a blue base and gold overlaying the pattern. The picture doesn’t really do it justice — the fabric is quite stunning. There is quite a bit of it, but it does not go as well with the front of the quilt as the red sarong does. Still, it would make for an interesting backing.
I have made my choice and hope to have the backing ready by the weekend. What would you choose?