Three Flocks - One Last Backing Photo

Three Flocks {Completed Backing}

I don’t know why it took me so long to finish the backing for my Three Flocks quilt top. I suppose other projects just came up and I kept working on them instead of this backing. Regardless, once I really sat down to work on it, it came together pretty quickly.

First I had to finish piecing all the HSTs that were left over from the flying geese construction from the quilt top. I really like how the Kona Jungle (green background) makes alternating house or diamond shapes with the layout I used.

Three Flocks - Backing HSTs Pieced

Three Flocks – Backing HSTs Pieced

I decided to frame out the HSTs with a bit more Kona Jungle before starting to use the dominate color for the back: pink!

Three Flocks - Pieced and Framed HSTs

Three Flocks – Pieced and Framed HSTs

After 5.5 hours, the quilt back is complete! The quilt top measures 65″ by 88″, and the backing is 70″ by 98″ (at the narrowest).

Three Flocks - Quilt Backing

Three Flocks – Quilt Backing

I really like how the backing turned out. Using so much pink is a bit unusual for me, but I think it really works well on this quilt.

Three Flocks - Lovely Pink Gradient

Three Flocks – Lovely Pink Gradient

Time to head to my LQS to get some batting! Hopefully I can get the quilt basted today and do a bit of quilting this weekend.

Three Flocks - One Last Backing Photo

Three Flocks – One Last Backing Photo

Just as a quick reminder, the quilt top looks like this:

Three Flocks - Flimsy Finish

Three Flocks – Flimsy Finish

I think I might just use a variegated pink thread for the quilting… but I’ll audition several options once I get it basted. I might go with a straight line stitch echoing the angles of the flying geese on the top of the quilt, but I am still not sure that is the direction I want to head in with the quilting, either. I have really enjoyed making this quilt, but I have been having trouble coming up with firm ideas and just going for it like I do for a lot of my other projects!

Linking up today to Finish it up Friday! @ crazy mom quilts and Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio.

0 thoughts on “Three Flocks {Completed Backing}

  1. Shauna says:

    looks great, I agree the house/diamond pattern is pretty cool

  2. Jasmine says:

    It looks so good. I think I might like the back more than the front. I’m excited to see how you quilt it.

  3. Megan says:

    Great finish! I love the way you did the back and incorporated the pink in it and made it dominate on the back while green is the dominate color in the front, while really the pink flying geese are the dominate future! Great combination all the way around! Glad to see you finish it as well!

  4. That’s a lot of HSTs! Perhaps you could quilt it in straight lines that echo out/down from the large HST triangle sections… it would continue the movement of the quilt and draw your eye into the negative space of the green… just an idea! 🙂

  5. Kathy Hoback says:

    I like the back as much as I like the front! Such a beautiful quilt, Yvonne. Love the pinks, too!

  6. Jehnny says:

    I always stall when it comes to backings. But like you they seem to go quickly once I start them. Maybe I just like doing the tops. In any case, your backing and top look great and will really compliment each other!

  7. DeborahGun says:

    I agree, the back is as lovely as the front! great work with all those HST’s!

  8. This will definitely be a reversible quilt…. The back and the front are equally beautiful! All these flying geese are reminding me….. Summer is almost over and fall will soon be here. Looking forward to seeing what you decide for the quilting!

  9. Oh, Yvonne this one is so pretty. I love all the HSTs. The back is as neat as the front. I have been trying to make my quilt backs more interesting with extra piecing. Pink is not my color either, but I love how you pulled all the shades into the pieced back. Great finish!

  10. The back is a quilt top in it’s own right. Both sides look great.

  11. LOVING THIS! What a great back, this quilt will be reversible as both sides are amazing! Whoever gets this quilt is lucky because they really are getting two for one! Can’t wait to see this finished. Also the pink really does work and love how you used gradients in the back.

  12. sally says:

    Love the back as well as the front, and I think a variegated pink thread sounds perfect and have absolutely no idea how you should quilt it! Look forward to seeing your choice.

  13. Both sides will be so lovely that it will be completely reversible!

  14. mlwilkie says:

    It will look fantastic, I am sure when it is all finished up. I love the pattern with the HST on the back 🙂

  15. Vera says:

    Fun! I haven’t noticed the houses before you pointed it out. I’m looking forward to see it quilted. There are always so many options, right.

  16. Kelsey says:

    love this, the varying pinks and the tipping tulips. love it.

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