So before I tell you all about the back, let's talk about the firsts!
As you are probably aware, I love to find geocaches. Now I'm not a huge geocache person as I haven't hit 600 yet, but I like to do it from time to time. And it's something fun to do in a location you are visiting. As with all things I love, there are many ways to measure what you do - the number of caches you find, the level of difficulty, the size of the container, and many other things. One thing that has eluded me is the FTF, which stands for FIRST TO FIND.
What does that mean? After someone places a cache, if you have your e-mail notifications set up, you'll get a notice that a new cache has been placed. It'll tell you how far away it is from your location. I checked my e-mail this morning to find one that is .19 miles from my house. OH - has anyone else found it?
I checked, and so far, no one had logged it. Let's just say that I breezed through that blog post yesterday morning, grabbed Murphy, and we did the walk in reverse so we could get to the cache quicker. I was practically pulling Murphy instead of the other way around. OK -- so that's a lie, but thankfully, she likes to hustle.
We arrived and quickly found the cache in the forest, and we were the FIRST TO FIND it! Yeah, me and Yeah, Murphy!!!!
|Murphy and the geocache|
|A travel bug|
I brought it home and promptly lost it in the office. Sigh... In my decluttering, I found the travel bug, and I contacted the owner to ask if he wanted it back or release it back into a geocache. He said to put it back into circulation. So I plan on taking a picture somewhere in particular before I release into the geocaching world!
OK -- enough about geocaching. It's time to talk back! Not my back, not your back, but QUILT backs.
I'd sit down before you read further because you'll be exhausted. I know I was -- just getting this all together.
Let's start off with a couple of the backs of customer quilts. This was a sports-themed quilt, and the backing is large pieces of sports fabric.
|The back of a customer quilt|
I finished this customer quilt two days ago.
|Customer quilt - DONE|
The back of it was pieced with extra blocks.
|The back of the customer quilt|
I finished this customer quilt yesterday.
|Customer quilt - DONE|
|The backing of the customer quilt|
Then it was time to work on some quilt backs for me. The quilt tops were piling up a wee bit, so during the Virtual Retreat, I decided to get to work. I had searched and couldn't find something suitable for my Wonderful Woodland, which is very strange. So I checked out the baskets of flannel to see if something would work. I found this pile of fabric. As I mentioned, it was in strips and lots of it.
|Fabric pulled to make a backing|
I measured, sliced, and diced until VOILA -- I had a quilt backing that was the right size.
|My pieced backing for the Wonderful Woodland quilt|
|Lots of seams in that backing!|
|The leftovers from making the backing|
|The pieced backing for Among the Stars Again|
|Left over fabric from my project|
|Half-square triangles in progress|
|Backing fabrics - not measured|
|The backings are now measured and labeled|
|The backing fabric for Long Time Gone|
|Long Time Gone in the "to be quilted" pile|
|Two more projects to tackle|
|The owls on my All in a Row quilt|
|The backing fabric|
|Another one hits the "to be quilted" pile|
|The BACK of Darlene's quilt|
An FYI about my quilt backs -- I piece then vertically or horizontally -- whichever way makes the most sense. Sometimes, you have no choice if the print is directional. Once that seam is done, I fold it up and put it with the quilt top. I do NOT press it at that time. Why bother, when I'll likely have to repress it when I load it on the long arm. There is ZERO double work in this house if I can avoid it!