This was a Bonnie Hunter Quilt-A-Long project from last year that is now finally quilted and bound. I finished it up on Monday after having a binding crisis over the weekend. The striped fabric used around the edge was the original binding I picked but wanting it on the diagonal (candy-striped) I realized too late that I didn't have enough. Having bought the fabric over a year ago I didn't think I'd be able to get more and didn't want to wait to try order more. So the solution was to alternate some solid yellow (the one featured on the back) with the stripe to make it stretch. I like it although my first choice would still be to have it all in the stripe.
Here's the back:
I got the idea for the "framed" design from Lerlene Nevaril's book "Over Easy: Creative Ideas For Pieced Quilt Backs". The small floral print that comprises most of the back had been purchased years (and years and years) ago so had to also be stretched to fill out the back. The simple solution was to add the yellow insets and then I decided to add some of the front background florals as well, partly to use up the scraps and partly, well just for fun.
Fun facts about this project: it has survived three weather extremes: I had started this project shortly before the earthquake that hit the east coast last year and continued working on it when Hurricane Irene came right behind that. It was shortly after Hurricane Sandy that my tax class ended and I could go back to this. Ah, memories!
When it didn't get finished last year as hoped, it went on my 2012 UFO Challenge List. It was my #2 which Judy pulled in May. Well, better late than never! And at this point it's my only completed Challenge project (although a couple of others were layered or worked on). Can't wait to throw this antique inspired bit 'o sunshine over the end of the bed (or my legs) in the spring (or perhaps on one of the cold dreary winter days ahead).
Next challenge: to make some of these cute crocheted pillows to go with it. The design is by Beata who blogs at RoseHip and the pattern for the squares can be found here (or from the link on her sidebar).