On Sunday I wrote about working on the bindings and backings for three of my finished quilt tops. I got stumped on the very first one - the back of the Secret Garden quilt. I had purchased six yards of matching fabric from the Belle collection choosing the beautiful pink and aqua fabric because I thought the busy print would hide my white thread and quilting stitches. I never gave any thought whatsoever to piecing the large scale print.
As I was about to seam my two 3-yard pieces of fabric I suddenly realized that I couldn't simply just sew the two raw edges together. The line of mismatched prints would be glaringly evident because of the large scale of the print motifs. I'm not sure how, but I remembered watching something about this issue in Elizabeth Hartman's Creative Quilt Backs FREE Craftsy class. Sure enough, when I went to check, she provides a lesson on using large scale prints (Lesson 4).
Once I re-watched Elizabeth's clear instructions on a pure genius technique, I felt confident and ready to try it. The trick is amazing - by folding the fabric edge and matching the motifs, gluing down the seam and securing with careful pinning and stitching, the fabric is joined with an almost invisible seam. I couldn't believe I actually got it to work! The join is almost perfect and will surely be almost impossible to detect once the quilting is done. I can see a few tiny areas where my fabric shifted ever so slightly and a line or two are off, but overall, it's an amazing result and I am so proud of it. It is certainly a huge improvement over just slapping the two halves together and sewing them willy-nilly with no regard to the print.
I HIGHLY recommend you sign up for this FREE class if you haven't already done so. Elizabeth is phenomenal and she has so many great ideas and methods for working with quilt backs (my least favourite part of the job). This technique for matching prints alone has offered me such an easy solution for a perplexing task and I'm so grateful I was able to learn the secret! Don't you think my Secret Garden quilt back looks nice???