April 15 ~ Quilt of the Day

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Winter Rainbow by Faith, Fresh Lemons

This is actually the back of Faith’s quilt, but we think it’s fun to focus a little on how the fabrics you choose for the back of your quilt can really add something special to the overall effect. Here’s the front of Faith’s beautiful quilt. Faith also writes about her Winter Rainbow quilt on her blog and shares some more pictures there.

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90 Responses to April 15 ~ Quilt of the Day

  1. Ethne says:

    I’m a recent convert to making the back as interesting as the front and basically try to ‘tie’ the two together

  2. Love the back, how it matches the front.

  3. Kelli says:

    Great idea!

  4. DebbieKL says:

    Very nice! I like the simplicity of the back. It’d work as a front if you wanted to switch it up too.

  5. Sara says:

    Awesome choice for the color palette!

  6. Mishkat says:

    This is beautiful! I’m a bit nervous about pieced backs (have trouble getting them to line up exactly), but this is inspiring.

  7. Becca says:

    Really pretty…front AND back!

  8. mcregan says:

    Nice use of color and value!

  9. Marta says:

    I love the back and the front! Very nice colours!

  10. Teresa says:

    I think I prefer the back! And she’s got 2 quilts for the price of one.
    Teresa x

  11. Julia says:

    One huge 9-patchn is a great idea! I love it for a quick baby gift or a throw!

  12. Rachael L says:

    I adore the quilt back (the front is amazing too, but… ) It’s simplicity, and the beauty of the fabrics really speak to me.
    I have always tried to choose a fun, contrasting fabric for my quilt backs, but this has inspired me to try to be a bit more creative with my future backs!

  13. Somer says:

    I love the colors. Great combination.

  14. ~Helena~ says:

    Such a cheerful quilt front and back.

  15. sharon says:

    A really beautiful quilt and I love both sides! Sharonj.

  16. georgia says:

    I love the charcoal grey paired with those bright colors!

  17. Noelle says:

    a very cheerful quilt for tax day!

  18. PeachRainbow says:

    Winter Rainbow is the perfect name for this quilt!

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  20. Suzanne says:

    I love that quilt!

  21. Rose L says:

    Oh, I like the bits of color in the sashing on the front. So pretty!

  22. Megan Presley says:

    I do love it when the back could easily be the front (or vice versa)! It makes it so beautiful and fun!

  23. Lisa says:

    I like the back and the front of this lovely, colorful quilt. It’s nice to have a pieced back – first, it’s like two quilts in one, and second, one can use fabric remaining from the front of the quilt so it’s economical and space-saving as well.

  24. Greeblygreebly says:

    I love this idea!

  25. Lee Ann Bailey says:

    The dark grey is a perfect foil for the bright blocks. Lovely job!

  26. Barb in MI says:

    Another beauty! It really makes me think about using dark sashing fabric, something I have yet to do. Thanks for sharing!

  27. amy says:

    I like a back that is interesting, coordinates with the front, but doesn’t compete with the front. But then again, the idea of a totally reversible quilt is appealing too. hmmmmmmm…

  28. Katie says:

    The back looks deceptively simple. Two quilts in one!

  29. angelina says:

    i love quilts that can be reversible>

  30. Dianne says:

    i love the backing of your quilt. You chose great fabric combinations.

  31. Faith says:

    Thank you everyone for your kind comments! What an honor to be included on Sew, Mama, Sew! I had a great time making this one and the back even works great for picnicking at the park. I have my kids sit on different colors…makes “staying put” fun for them. LOL 😀

  32. Maureen says:

    The back complemented the front of this quilt. Sometimes I use up the left over fabric from the front to make the backing.

  33. Leah says:

    I was just thinking this morning that I’d like to use gray in a quilt! I’m glad to see it can work so well.

  34. Molly says:

    I always just backed quilts in one big plain piece of fabric, but am loving the pieced backs, and starting to use them. More fun design options!

  35. Fran says:

    I like the strong reverse side & that Faith used prints from
    the front ( i share her pain at exhausting some of her favorite
    fabrics…..bittersweet ! ) Her quilt is a true two-fer !

  36. Ramona says:

    I love different backs. Then the quilt can be reversible! Beautiful job.

  37. Katrina H says:

    I like the patwork idea for the back of the quilt too! Usually I’m just too excited to get it done that I just use a solid piece instead.

  38. delitealex says:

    Great quilt.

  39. Mary says:

    I absolutely love Faith’s quilt. So gorgeous!!!

  40. Deb V says:

    This quilt is beautiful both on the back and the front. You did a great job.

  41. Christina says:

    Beautiful quilt! I love the front. This quilt makes me want to buy some charcoal Kona fabric. I tend toward lighter colors for sashing, but this looks great. Time to step outside my comfort zone. 🙂

  42. Cathy A says:

    That’s a great quilt on both sides! I like the trend I’ve seen of piecing the back at least a little bit.

  43. Kaye Prince says:

    Very pretty – pieced backs are my favourite!

  44. Kimberly says:

    I love the way this top is pieced. Thank you for the inspiration!

  45. Andi says:

    Front and back are both beautiful. I love the idea of making patchwork backs – it makes for a truly special quilt.

  46. the back is pretty but the front shown on flickr is beautiful!!

  47. Rochelle says:

    What a great way to feature favored fabrics!

  48. Joan says:

    So simple, but very, very pretty. Just proves that you don’t have to spend 200 hundred hours sewing to produce a lovely quilt.

  49. alisha says:

    Beautiful! It really highlights the fabrics.

  50. Linda says:

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  51. Tong says:

    Lovely quilt, great colours!

  52. Rachel says:

    I like to do a little piecing on the back so that it’s the back, but not borring.

  53. Marcia W. says:

    I haven’t worked as much on the backs of my quilts — except to try to choose fabric that wouldn’t show quilting mistakes. Perhaps it is time to make them more interesting!

  54. JJ says:

    Now that looks like something I could quilt!

  55. Rene says:

    Beautiful quilt! Thank you for sharing it.

  56. Tabitha says:

    I like that the back is not just a solid piece, but several nice fabrics. I always have thought (beginner quilter here!) that the back “had to be” one solid piece. This one has a nice front and back!

  57. Margaret says:

    Beautiful quilt – love the back!

  58. Lindsey says:

    The quilt is beautiful. lately, I have been using up some of the fabrics in my stash for the backs of my quilts or piecing together fabrics that were used on the front. I love coordinating the front with the back.

  59. Sorahart says:

    Oooof, this is daring to make the back a quilt in itself. Yikes!

  60. Rebecca says:

    really nice!

  61. Kristine says:

    I first saw this quilt when she finished the top! The finished product is beautiful!

  62. Melissa says:

    I am just starting to do more on the backs of my quilts. I love how they turnout!

  63. Genevieve says:

    love it! I love when the back is just as pretty as the front. And I’m adoring the grey on the front!!

  64. Morgan says:

    Hm, at what point does a back become interesting enough to make the quilt reversible? Love it. 🙂

  65. Valerie says:

    Such a good idea! There’s no reason the back can’t be as attractive as the front.

  66. Cristi says:

    I love the back the most!!

  67. Jessica says:

    I love the big patchwork on the back.

  68. Lisa says:

    what a great idea! i hate buying all that material for my backing when i have so many smaller cuts i could use!

  69. Elizabeth says:

    I love this quilt! Gorgeous!

  70. Elizabeth says:

    What a gorgeous quilt!

  71. Joan says:

    I like the colorful background. As a hand quilter, I’d not like to quilt through seams on BOTH back and front. It would be harder to get a consistent small stitch size.
    For machine quilting, this is a lovely decision!

  72. Kelli says:

    I love the idea of continuing the idea from the front onto the back–and not having to find one piece of fabric big enough always helps out too… I love this one, it’ so colorful and I just want to crawl under it with a good book!

  73. I love to see the backs of quilts made beautiful!! This one is great.

  74. Faith says:

    That is amazing. I wish I were the Faith that owned that quilt. 😀 I love the patterns and colors! Red, Yellow, and Blue can never go wrong. I love it.

  75. upstatelisa says:

    I like to make my backs interesting… piece some leftover blocks or leftover fabs!

  76. 4vs1 says:

    Very fun. I never thought of not doing a solid back before!

  77. alison says:

    Love this quilt! I love that the back is as pretty as the front.

  78. Lisa H. says:

    This quilt is a beauty! You’ve inspired me to make my next quilt back more interesting.

  79. Mette says:

    Wow, that’s so beautiful! In that way, you actually get two quilts in one.

  80. Terri Harlan says:

    Oh now this is so pretty I love the simplicy and then the “POW” on the front!!

  81. Shelly says:

    I love the use of bright color on the back, well done!

  82. Kerri Kowal says:

    One thing I love about modern quilting is the interesting designs people do on the backs of the quilts. I love the idea of using extra blocks (a la Oh Fransson), as well as the asymetrical look that is so in vogue now.

  83. Jacquie says:

    I never know what to do for the back but I REALLY this idea where the entire back mimics one block!

  84. Christina says:

    Half the time I like the backs of my quilts better than the fronts! I need to start approaching all my quilting like that! I use whatever I have available. Once I used a vintage quilt top! I try to add something to make it special and not just one big expanse of fabric.

  85. Melissa B says:

    What a beautiful quilt! Thanks for reminding me to think more creatively about the back of my quilt – it doesn’t always have to big just a big piece of fabric. Well done!

  86. Dorothy says:

    Love it! I’ve only done one quilt where a nine patch was used for the back but plan to do this again. No worry about having enough of one piece when several pieces can be used to compliment the front.

  87. MegVS says:

    It is a lovely quilt!

  88. SofiAlgarvia says:

    Beautiful quilt!
    I can’t decide which side I prefer!

  89. Aparna Mulgund says:

    What a lovely quilt! I love the idea of creating an interesting look for the back of the quilt.

  90. Marcelle says:

    I love both sides of the quilt. Well done Faith! I like the idea of doing designs on both sides of it though I believe it takes more time.

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