Bringing the Back to the Front

My Friday finish is a quick baby quilt I made using the leftover fabric from the back of another baby quilt.

Zach's baby quilt

1st baby quilt

Finished quilt - 39" x 40"

Finished 2nd quilt – 39″ x 40″


It started when I pulled out 8 orphan 4 patches.

1 of 8 leftover 4 - patches

1 of 8 orphan 4 – patches








I decided to make the leftover back piece the center medallion and made a border of 16 patches all around.












The back is a polka dot from my stash with three strips of solids.

Back with 3 solid stripes

Back with 3 solid stripes

While I was making this quilt, I had a flash back to my very quilting days. I was what a kind friend called a “whole cloth” quilter. My quilts usually started with a piece of fabric that I really, really liked and couldn’t cut up… I used it “whole.” Gradually I started adding piecing, as you can see below.

Early whole cloth quilt

Early whole cloth quilt with “borders” on two sides

"whole" cloth with "border"

“whole” cloth with “border”










Looking back I can appreciate how this technique helped me start quilting but now I realize it is also an easy and fun method for making a fast quilt, something we can all use during the busy holiday season.

Linking up with crazy mom quilts.

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6 Responses to Bringing the Back to the Front

  1. Frieda Dow says:

    Wonderful :) I totally remember your FEAR/DISLIKE of cutting into your NEW fabric LOL!!! I would ask if I could use it since you would just keep it stashed…I sewed mine the minute I got home…then wanted yours :)

  2. Great use of orphan blocks and definitely a fun way to create a quick finish. Well done!

  3. Nicky says:

    good tips there! Thanks for linking up to #scraptastictuesday

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