The Racetrack Quilt is finished! It feels like so much has happened since I posted about the flimsy finish last week. Warning: photo heavy post!
On Sunday afternoon, I finally got around to looking through my stash to see if anything I had on hand would coordinate well enough with the Racetrack Quilt Flimsy to work as the backing and binding. I didn’t really have high hopes, which is why I waited a few days after finishing the top before even digging around. Lo and behold, I found fabrics the coordinated perfectly! Once again I have to thank my mother-in-law for her awesome yard sale find fabrics that she passes my way: the outer border print with a bit of gold fleck in it was gifted from her to me back in November.
The backing came together so fast that I went ahead and loaded the quilt on to my long arm on Sunday night and got it basted and ready to start quilting on Monday.
I chose to use 50wt Aurifil 2610 for the quilting. It blends in perfectly with the gray fabrics, and contrasts nicely against the darker fabrics.
I had a lot of fun with the quilting. I started by outlining each large block and the “track” in each block. Then I filled in quilting detail inside each track and used a coordinating, but different, pattern around the outside of the track. In all, I used 12 different patterns and repeated them (but in a different arrangement) top and bottom. I really love how the track fluffs up and is visible as a texture from the back of the quilt. The first photo in the quilting detail mosaic below also shows that I used the same pink from the backing as the binding for the quilt and just how well the fabrics coordinate front to back.
I am really pleased with both the pattern and the finished quilt. And I know just the perfect home for this quilt, too! I will be gifting this quilt to friends who are expecting a little girl in April. I am excited to pack it up and get it shipped to them. 🙂
- Kona Cotton in Nautical
- Kona Cotton in Baby Blue
- Kona Cotton in Windsor
- Kona Cotton in Ash
- Kona Cotton in Punch
- Kona Cotton in Candy Blue
- Midnight Flora in Navy (Cloud 9 Fabrics)
- Dottie in Jean Jacket (Cotton + Steel)
- Script Watermelon (Art Gallery)
- Line Scratch in Blue (Carolyn Friedlander)
- Sketch in Fog (Timeless Treasures)
- Branches in Blue (Carolyn Friedlander)
Quilt Time Statistics
- Total Time: 14 hours
- Fabric Prep: 1.5 hours
- Piecing: 4.5 hours
- Backing: 1 hour
- Quilting: 5.5 hours
- Binding 1.5 hours
I like how just using the fabric I had on hand I was able to make a pieced backing that sort of echoes the pattern on the front. As someone mentioned, the Racetrack pattern also looks a bit like a lovely, decorative photograph frame. The backing “frame” might be a little less decorative, but I can see a similarity.
- Quilt Size Statistics
- Flimsy Finish: 48.5 inches wide by 64.5 inches long
- After Quilting / Squaring: 47.25 inches wide by 63.25 inches long (~2% shrinkage)
- After First Wash: 43.5 inches wide by 59 inches long (~9% shrinkage)
I have been working on touching up the pattern based on my notes from making the quilt top and other ideas that I have for expanding the pattern out in usefulness (cutting instructions for fat quarters and quarter yard cuts, modified block instructions to make placemats, alternate piecing options for fun and different layouts…). I will have the pattern ready to release soon!!