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  • The Back Story on Quilts

    Sometimes the backsides of quilts are just as beautiful, if not even more desirable than the tops. When I make the backs for my quilts I construct a free-form design by sewing together large pieces of fabric, usually remnants leftover from making the quilt top. This process is improvisational and creates a moderate design compared to the front of the quilt. The large blocky designs on the backsides are a nice breather after the intensity of piecing together the formal and forward design that is intended to dedicate the quilt. It's always a delight to see the hand stitches come to life on the quilts, and the simple backsides become an ideal setting to examine the detailed handwork, revealing the love and quality that goes into an heirloom quilt. Here is a collection of quilt backsides that I have made over that past few years. Most of these were made using linen and cotton hand-dyed with indigo, pomegranate, along with strips of vintage mattress ticking and recycled denim fabrics. 

      


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    • Ashley says...

      I love these backs. The simplicity is beautiful, and as you mentioned, it’s nice to see the quilted stitches come through. I was wondering…I know that the quilts are hand quilted, but do you hand piece the fronts and backs of your quilt as well, or use a machine? It looks like a lot of work!

      On October 20, 2014

    • Susan says...

      I love these – I’m so glad you shared them. Totally inspiring in an unexpected way. While I love the craft/attention that goes into a traditional quilt front, there is something really strange and almost subliminally balanced about the backs…a kind of calm current that runs under what you see on the surface. So beautiful.

      On October 19, 2014

    • Rhonda says...

      Your quilts are very pretty

      On July 09, 2014

    • Izzy says...

      Maura do you sell your scraps ??

      On June 27, 2014

    • Heather@ThreeHeartsHome says...

      These are just absolutely gorgeous. I love your work!

      On June 03, 2014

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