Friday, July 10, 2015

Backing Dilemma Resolved

In Monday's post (below) I was whining about my backing dilemma. Great fabric but not enough of it. Nothing else in my stash that would work. I was going to have to buy something to solve the problem. The print is an older line called Bailey by Maude Asbury from Blend Fabrics.

Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl sent me a link to an on-line source for more of the same fabric. Thanks, Yvonne! As long as I was going to have to buy fabric anyway, I might as well get more of what I liked to supplement what I already had and make it work. It arrived yesterday. 

Since the print background was white and my quilt top has darker ecru & ivory tones, I was debating whether to overdye the backing. A search for binding helped make the decision: white in the binding would coordinate with the back but look bad on the front, and vice versa. So I overdyed the backing print and I'm happy with the result. I have a black tiny text print for the binding. It started out with white so I threw that into the dye at the same time and now it's perfect.
Whoo-hoo! Perfect color combo!
I used bottled Rit dye in color Tan, 1/2 cup in a whole washer full of water. There were 6-1/4 yards total of cotton fabric. I was careful not to go too dark; I could always dye it again if it came out too light. The result is like a tea-dyed shade. You can see here how well it coordinates now with the print that inspired this collection:

Dilemma resolved. That's whoop-worthy, so I'm linking up with Whoop Whoop Friday over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Check out everyone else's whoop-worthy stories over there.


  1. So glad you were able to make it work. That backing looks like so much fun.

  2. Oh, the fabric arrived so quickly!! Hooray and the dying looks great. :)

  3. So clever and a wonderful result... kinda makes you want to dance with joy when it all comes together so beautifully, right? ;o)

  4. Oh dying... scary but great result! Cant wait to see it finished :)

  5. Great job! Doesn't it feel marvelous to overcome some roadblock that keeps us from using a fabric we know is perfect? That quilt will fill you with such a sense of accomplishment every time you see it :*)

  6. Ingenious solution! Love this quilt.