Hi everyone! Thanks for being here! Once I had my retro Christmas In The City Quilt pieced, it was time to come up with a backing! I had only made a dent in Donna's "scraps" (honestly, the most generous "scraps" EVER!!!), so I took a look at what I had in that group. There was plenty of the dark green I'd used in the Shoo Fly blocks -- and there were some large squares of some awesome fabrics I hadn't even used! Here's what I came up with:
I put my extra "ornament" on there, too. Why not, right? And more of the city map fabric!
Next, I chose a binding. I had all kinds of crazy ideas, from the green to using all scraps, then decided I really wanted to just use the map fabric:
It's a good fit!
On to the quilting thread! I ran this photo past my friends:
The general consensus was to go with the silver/grey. Excellent choice -- it's Canaan, by King Tut. Actually all the threads are by King Tut -- all hail the King! I think any of the above would have worked, but the silver/grey was perfect for the quilting design I had in mind!
That's a shot of the back. Remember those old tin icicle ornaments? I wanted to suggest those, or twisted ribbons. I remember seeing a lot of those ornaments in the 60s or 70s. I thought it was a good fit!
I think it's just enough, without taking anything away from the quilt!
I winged it with my walking foot and was done in no time!
I decided to do the binding by hand, so that might take a while. The machine part is done; now I need some hand-sewing time!
Thank you so much for reading!