Thanks to my long-arm quilter friend Sandy, Mega Medallion is finished in time for a UFO challenge reveal Tuesday. This is the very first project I ever blogged about, but it's been on Sandy's waiting list for awhile. Here it is on the guest bed: I'll try to get some good pics sometime this week.
I don't remember if I counted the fabric for the top, so I'll have to go back and look at my records. But the back used 2-7/8 yards of wide backing, and the binding used 7/8 yard. I'll check my records and tally up the totals at the end of the month.
I've been so good lately, not buying any new fabrics. But yesterday I found this cute jumbo dot on the freebie table at STLMQG, and I couldn't resist. It's someone's leftover backing (thank you, Kristy) and there's about a yard there in two sections. I can see this in some upcoming baby quilts that will be needed in the winter; it'll work with boy or girl colors.
So, 3-3/4 yards out and one yard in for this week. I'm moving in the right direction!
How do you count wide backings?
So far I've been counting by the yardage length, regardless of the width, for example 3 yards purchased and 2-3/4 yards used.
But there are always leftovers which find their way into pieced projects. How should I count those? 1/4 yard x 96" wide is certainly more available for piecing than 1/4 yard regular width, and could suffice for a pattern that requires 5/8 yard. Should I count 5/8 yard when I actually use it, as that's what the pattern would consume of regular yardage?
Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times - check out everyone else's stash reports over there.