The quilt top is 37 x 45 inches and so the backing needed to be bigger as I know it will shift when I'm quilting it, just like it did with my lap top cosy. I wanted it to be at least 6 inches bigger all round. When buying the fabric, I'd bought a metre piece of two of the prints with the idea that it would be the backing. Clearly I hadn't checked the fabric requirements, why would I do that? That would be organised, and planning ahead...
A pieced backing was the only option. But a simple one.
You know what? It was easier to piece this than take a bloody photo of it! There was snow on the ground outside and enough light coming through my window, but I just couldn't get a good photo! As you can see, I've left the quilt top lying on the floor underneath it!
I pieced some of the left over charm squares together, then added a border of the print fabric which is the sashing on the front, then sewed it to a big piece of my two big bits.
It is loads bigger than the top which is a good thing. I then wanted to get the wadding fused on (yep, I went for fusible wadding, got to be easier...), baste it and get the machine quilting done, I'm also planning some hand quilting.
And guess what? My iron had packed up. It was spurting out lots of water, but it wasn't getting any of the creases out. To top it all off, it might not have been hot enough to get the creases out, but the handle was burning my hand! I had to give up for the day. I bought a new iron yesterday so I hope to tackle this soon, possibly Friday night - anyone know if it's FSNI?