I just LOVE the way this quilt turned out. It's so bright and cheerful, and just makes me smile! I kind of worried that adding the border would break up the kaleidoscope illusion, but I really like it, and the Kona Corn Yellow binding frames all of the colors without drawing your eye away from the center of the quilt.
I decided to call this quilt Candy Dish. It just reminds me of vibrantly colored candies in a beautifully cut glass bowl.
Of course, I pieced the backing from all of the scraps, and I think it compliments the definite pattern in the front of the quilt. Anyone who follows my blog regularly knows that I love a good pieced quilt backing (both planned and improv). I used to be a little intimidated by them, but once I tried it, I've never looked back. They take a little bit longer to put together, but there are some definite advantages-
1. It's a wonderful surprise. In Louisiana, we have a French word, "lagniappe" (pronounced lan-yap), which means "a little something extra." I like to think of a pieced backing is just a little bit of lagniappe for the recipient.
2. It keeps your sewing fun. The cool thing about a pieced backing is that there is no right or wrong! You can use the fabric you have, and sew it together however you want. This carefree way of sewing is really fun, and the end result is fresh and modern.
3. Fabric variety rules! I just love quilts with tons of fabric variety, but without pieced backings, my scrap baskets would be overflowing all the time! Using every bit of the scraps in the backing allows me to have more variety in the front, and it keeps me from having to buy several yards of a single backing fabric, win-win! I do have to confess that if I really love a fabric, I will save a few small pieces for my scrap baskets. That way, when I do make a true scrap quilt, it is full of fabrics I love!
4. Fabric SHOPPING rules even more! So here's the thing- I used 16 different fabrics in this quilt. Since those fabrics are completely gone, that means that I don't have to feel guilty the next time I'm at my favorite fabric shop and I see some yummy fabrics that I just can't pass up. (hmmm...I just used 16 fabrics in my last quilt. Oh yeah, I have room for these!)
If you've never done a pieced backing, I hope you'll give it a try. Let me know if you do!