It was fun to wind down last night by finishing up my Christmas quilt. You know, I thought that it felt a little weird to use Christmas fabrics in May, but I have to say that it felt even more strange trying to take photos of a Christmas quilt when it's blazing hot outside. The quilt just felt out of place. So do me a favor and imagine that the quilt has a snowy backdrop instead of blooming roses.
My new favorite pieced backing method is to buy half yard cuts of fabrics, and save a quarter yard of each print for the backing. I've been loving the bold stripes, and I really love that there is virtually no waste. I also love that I don't have to search out a single fabric that compliments the front. This quilt is 60x64" finished, and for a quilt of this size, I usually use about 14 different fabrics. That works out perfectly for piecing the backing this way as well.
I've named this one Comfort and Joy. Of course, it's a nod to the carol God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, which is one of my favorites, but also representative of what a quilt can bring to its recipient.
And frankly, I'm feeling plenty of Comfort and Joy myself now that school is out! I love it when things work out like that!