As you may know - or if you didn't, you're about to.... - Amy Butler's Gypsy Caravan is my all time favorite fabric collection to date. It's the colors, the Art Nouveau, the eclectic array of prints, the florals, the geometrics... yeah, it's a love affair. A couple years after Gypsy Caravan released - I believe around the same time as either Ginger Bliss or Charm was launching - there was a flannel release called Cozy Flannel. It just happened to be reprints of Gypsy Caravan in flannel. And so it goes that when I finally pieced my Gypsy Caravan quilt top, the back most definitely had to be pieced in Cozy Flannel. I sashed the top in Kona Snow I wanted the back sashed in Kaufman quilter's flannel also in Snow. It was sort of a pain in the behind. The Cozy Flannel had a nice woven consistency to it and not much stretch. The Kaufman quilter's flannel stretched.. and made piecing it with the Cozy not so fun at all. I washed all of the flannel, but now I think if I had washed the sashing twice... in HOT... and dried it, on HOT, it might have shrunk up enough to get all of its stretch out. It all worked out and I have a piece of information that is good to know for next time, right?
Piecing a back:
Making a quilt sandwich. With help. I kicked her out about a dozen times. What's that? Oh, that's right, those are ruffles you see. I'm doing each one of my quilts in a different process with the ruffles so that I can tell you all the ins and outs of each different way. I have much more experimenting to do first!
And... free motion quilting. Again. With help. *sigh*