Double-front quilt

I've been starting quilts for a little over a decade. My favourite part is planning and creating the top of the quilt. Apparently at this point you can send your quilt off to someone else who likes the quilting part best and get a finished quilt (in exchange for a bit of money). But this doesn't seem right to me somehow. I think it's because most of my quilts are "rustic" at best in terms of their construction. Adding someone else's quilting to finish the blanket would somehow depersonalize the object. As a result I have a lot of quilt tops sitting around waiting for the next stage.

As part of my reduce-the-stash-by-using-things-already-in-house plan, I pulled out my quilt tops a few days ago and started digging through my fabric stash to see what I could use to back them. Most of the fabric I have is small pieces (a fat quarter would be a big piece of fabric for me). While I was staring at fabric trying to decide how I was going to make my quilt backs a shocking revelation came to me: I don't need to make a front AND a back for my quilts. I can make TWO fronts.

This, my friends, changes everything.

The first quilt to get the intentional two front treatment is this blue one (started in 2009):

Completed quilt - front

Completed quilt - also the front

I've also discovered a new, improved and WAY faster way of binding the quilt. Red Pepper describes it best.

What a great idea! (I hate

What a great idea! (I hate the actual "quilting" part, too.) I like the colors in your new quilt.

I can definitely get into the

I can definitely get into the groove of quilting and enjoy the middle 50% or so (after it's done being awkward, but before it's turned into drudge work). The more I think about it: what I really don't like doing is the sandwiching...might try basting next time instead of safety pinning.

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