Quilting Lessons- A Painful Tale


Epic Wings
With each quilt I learn more.. some lessons are a joy and some are quite painful. Quilting is much like life so the tale of my backside is high irony to say the least.

At a time when my own backside is in the best shape it has been in almost 23 years, due to running 3x a week my quilting backside on Epic Wings has been laid low by an ego deflating  choice of the worst backing ever*.

There are no words.. really
And it was my choice, ALL MY FAULT.

Making this situation even sadder is that the front of this quilt is totally Bad-Ass if I do say so myself. I really stretched myself on this one and am really liking it.. thus the sadness of the the tragically ugly backside is even more acute.

If I could slip quietly into the past I would not make the late night choice to use something "from my stash" so I could start that very night.. I would wait and get a solid that would have made the most of the riot of stitches that grace the back of this work. But no, not me... grrrrrr.

So live and learn, while not the most important part of the quilt by a long shot.. your backside does matter.



* As a technical note there is nothing wrong with the fabric, just my choice of it for this quilt. the print does nothing whatsoever even though it actually went very well with the colors and circle motif on the front of the quilt.. just a poor choice based on how I quilted this particular piece - and I should have known better. 

10 comments:

terificreations said...

This back is not as bad as it's made out to be. I like the patterning the quilting make. Enter it everywhere you can and have a grand time!

Teri

Mark said...

Maddie if you don't like it change it. Use your creativity to make it yours. Have you thought of doing some dye painting? It is a beautiful work of art on the front. It is just waiting for you to set your self free on the back.

Robyn of Coffee and Cotton said...

Look at it as the Coccoon to your butterflies. The quilt is gorgeous!

Pieces of Cotton said...

Yes, please, create that stunning work of art and then beat yourself up over the part that won't be seen...

Seriously, the quilting is remarkable!

threadtales said...

We've all done it at one time or another...backing choice, thread choice, design...live and learn. The top is beautiful...
T

gSwife said...

hummm.... you do know you're going to have to frame it and this comes under the heading of God only made perfect and a quilt is always supposed to have one thing wrong with it.. In your eyes then this is yours. In mine it shows no matter the fabric the beauty shows though...

Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist said...

Thanks everyone.. I am really not all the morose about it.. I really do feel that it is a live and learn moment... really more of .. " was I I smoking crack moment?" more than anything :-)..

Thanks for all the kind words.

Barb said...

Great topside. Love the fabric on the backside....but if you say so??

Leah Day said...

DUDE! You have just created a drop dead gorgeous, drool worthy quilt and you are harping about the back side?! Who's gonna see it baby? If you hang it on a wall, the wall will see it and enjoy some pretty polka dots, but that's about it.

Yes, a dark backing would have looked as awesome as the front and you'd have ended up with a terrific double sided quilt. Consider it a painful lesson to always buy dark spray wash batiks in bulk.

Cheers,

Leah

Cowtown Quilts said...

You are being too hard on yourself! Okay, lesson learned! It is fine. Next time you will try a solid back, because you know your quilting is 'da bomb! It's all a learning process anyway. We get better and better as we go. Give yourself a break, because the rest of us love it. How many people are going to focus on the back anyhow?