Friday, September 23, 2011

Mod Logs: Top Finished

If you're looking for yesterday's Start Your Own...With Saffron Craig post and giveaway, click here.

Woo hoo!  I finished my Mod Logs quilt top!  I really like how this turned out!  I used Kona solids and two Moda jelly rolls - both Fresh Flowers by Deb Strain.  I love nearly every print in this jelly roll except for one, which was easily removed and tossed in the scrap bin.


Now, my only complaint is in my fabric matching...and its my own fault.  I tried to match the white/cream in the jelly roll with a Kona solid on my computer screen.  You have to know that did not go well.  No worries - since then I bought a Kona card, so problem solved.  Still, it bothers me a little bit that my Kona background does not match the Moda neutral color.  The only time I kind of like the mis-match is in the lighter polka-dot fabrics where they could be easily lost in the Kona solid, so there I like a little contrast. 


That being said, I am a huge fan of this pattern as it was a real pleasure to stitch.  If you are a beginner quilter, this is a perfect start.  If you are a bit more experienced, this will give you a great sense of satisfaction.  There are a few typos in the text, but if you just think while you stitch and do a (very small) bit of math, you will be in good shape. 

This is the first quilt that I pieced without a purpose - purely because I liked the pattern and I tho
ught the fabrics would look nice here.  Not some one's birthday or Christmas gift.  Not with a bed in mind.  Just because it made me happy.  My other half has asked if we could use it to be lazy on the couch.  He wants to use something I created...which nearly made me cry with happiness.  It is now officially our couch quilt.


Here is the question.  Has anyone used a flat sheet for backing?  I have enough Kona solid that I could make a pieced back with extra jelly roll strips.  This was originally my thought to finish this project off and it may be the path I take.  But this is another overly big quilt, so the idea of a flat sheet is appealing right now.  Any experiences to share?

  


21 comments:

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

Cindy its gorgeous!!! I have used flat sheets on numerous occasions. I usually get them off ebay, because you can get fantastic coloured plain dye sheets for around £14 for king size. Its polycotton, but when its not next to your skin it doesn't really matter at that price! I know a lot of people swear by IKEA sheets, they are crazy cheap and great quality!

Judith said...

What a beautiful quilt! I've often used sheets to back my quilts. Good idea to wash a new sheet first, especially a coloured one. Go for it! Jxo

Nicky said...

Beautiful quilt Cindy - havn't used a sheet so can't help there! But a bit of piecing on the back would up the wow factor though - maybe a bit of both!?

bluesquarequilting said...

What a lovely quilt, so cheerful and fresh ! I totally get how much fun sewing without a specific purpose can be. I am in the middle of such a quilt that started without any specific planning either... very liberating.

cheeky monkey said...

That looks amazing! And love the idea to keep it as your couch quilt .. cosy evenings in wintertime .. ok, in Ireland you also can use it for cosy evenings in summer *gg*

susan said...

No experiences to share but love the quilt. My kind of colours! It is huge though! Good luck quilting it!

memmens said...

Wow I love it! I've bought sheeting by the metre for backing and it works fine. I also bought one of two deliciously soft flannel sheet from the charity shop yesterday for backing bibs, and went back and bought the other one today thinking it would be fantastic for backing a quilt especially for babies as it is so soft.

Strawberry Patch said...

Mmm I could snuggle under those logs!

Ive used sheeting before but watch if you have a polycotton that your cotton quilt top and batting dont skrink in the wash that 3-5% and leave you with a baggy bottom (lol!)

Ive also used minky fleece and OMG its the most snuggly thing ever :)

Fiona said...

Your quilt is really really beautiful and I like that the solid doesn't quite match :)
I've used sheets on a few quilts and have been really happy with them, but I would definitely wash them if they are coloured, as the others have suggested. I really like ikea sheets because the are 100% cotton and feel a bit nicer.
I've also used a flannel sheet and it makes it extra soft, snuggly and toasty

Camille said...

I use sheets all the time. I love he look of a pieced back but can't ever get it lined up straight.

Mine come from thrift stores so I'll even buy fitted sheets. I cut the corners and te elastic out and badaboom!

Sarah said...

Gorgeous quilt top Cindy! So bright and warm looking :-) I LOVE using flat sheets / bedding for quilt backs. I know a pieced back is usually more interesting, but I worry about getting my back square and, well, a good old sheet takes all the worry away! Ikea are great for price and its usually 100% cotton. La Redoute is also really good as their Scenario bedding is cheap, nice 100% cotton (flannel too) in bright colours. I often get a few king/double duvet covers (2 backs in one!) whenever they're offering a good discount..even cheaper is always good :-)

Penny Barnes said...

Great quilt Cindy! I am loving the bright colors! I have used sheets as backing, but only purchase 250-300 thread count. The other thing I have used to back a quilt is a minky blanket as opposed to purchasing minky fabric...works pretty well and oh so cozy!

Pieces to Love said...

Beautiful quilt! I didn't even notice the 'color difference'. There is nothing like snuggling up with something you have made.

Flying Blind... said...

It's a beauty - you have a man of great taste!

I've used 100% cotton sheets for sashing, so can't see a problem, like all the wise old birds above me have said xx

Benta At SLIKstitches said...

I use sheets or fleece blankets all the time - have fun. The front is gorgeous!

Erin@Billy Button Design said...

I've used a flat sheet only once. I did find that it was a little tricky using Egyptian cotton it was a little too fine (i think that is what it is) to sew so was a little tricky. Quilt looks great!

Janine said...

That's fabulous and how lovely that you're going to keep it! I used a sheet for my checker board quilt and it seemed fine to me, although I don't have anything to compare it to :)

Katy Cameron said...

Love that pattern and the colours, and WTG to hubby for giving it the thumbs up!

Sarah said...

I really really love your quilt top, it's just fab! So gorgeous. Re the sheets I used a sheet to back my Pips quilt and was not happy with it, it bobbled like crazy when I washed it but I think that's more to do with the sheet I used than anything else. I would give a try. Am I too late for the giveaway this morn? Didn't get to read any blogs this week at all!

Karen said...

Truly gorgeous! I love your quilt! I have used a sheet for backing just once and I got the sheet at a second-hand store super cheap. It was SUPER soft and worked perfectly. I will do it again!!

Lynne said...

I think your quilt is gorgeous and what a wonderful compliment to be asked to keep it on the couch in plain sight!

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