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Thread: how to hide my shame from the quilt police

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    Quote Originally Posted by jitkaau
    Do any of those things you suggest and no one will be the wiser.Before you go to the trouble, however, it would be good if you could look at the back of some of the world renown tapestries. It is a real eye-opener to see what a knotty mess they are at the back.
    I have got to look up tapestries..sounds like my kinda people not the world renown part, but the knotty mess sounds really nice...dottiej,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachelcb80
    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan
    Some people that do alot of thread painting on quilts, put the top on the batt and stitch all the details. They put the back on later and just outline stitch the main designs. You don't even have to be careful of how far the quilting on the back is because the batting is anchored well with the thread painting. I think you could put a false back on your quilt, outline quilt the main parts to the front and put the binding on.
    This is exactly what I was going to suggest. I have every intention of doing an art quilt soon but have not yet done one. I've read several books though and their method of dealing with the messy back is to layer the top and batting, do all the necessary quilting and fabric anchoring there and then add the backing fabric. Do some basic outline quilting (often with monofilament in the top thread) and then bind.

    As far as shows requiring the quilting to be the same on the top as the back, that makes no sense and seems downright anal to me. For an art quilt with loads of thread painting, it makes perfect sense to wait on the backing fabric until the end. Even if you're a perfect FMQ'ing artist, the back will look messy.
    WOW..I like this and agree completely..Dottiej

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    Sorry about the back of your quilt. Have you posted a photo yet? The front of course! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobquilt3
    Hang it up. Love it. Enjoy it. If anybody pulls it out to look at the back you can tell them to mind their own damn business and if they do it again, you'll break their fingers! (grin) It's your quilt, be free to love it as it is. Our friends love us as we are. . . warts and all. . . and if they don't they aren't true friends.
    I really like your thinking.....dottiej

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charleen DiSante
    Sorry about the back of your quilt. Have you posted a photo yet? The front of course! :)
    not yet but i will post one of the front in the next couple days..will even post picture of the back if i can get the true magnificance of it..dottiej

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    Quote Originally Posted by SUZAG
    I've seen many wall hangings with velvet backs...
    I like this idea! I bet whatever you come up with will be great! :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charleen DiSante
    Sorry about the back of your quilt. Have you posted a photo yet? The front of course! :)
    Going to try and send pic right here since i cant seem to go anywhere else and get that little browse thing..

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    I dont know how i did that will try to put another of the back up

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    the quilt is by no stretch finished..still have to put reflections of trees in water..and a few other things..then Ill tackle that back..Dottie

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    Love the quilt...backing fabric is gorgious! I can see where it would be impossible to take out the stitching! Looking forward to seeing your solution to the problem!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kappy
    Love the quilt...backing fabric is gorgious! I can see where it would be impossible to take out the stitching! Looking forward to seeing your solution to the problem!
    Thank you. backing was crumpled while wet..then let it dry crumpled..then airbrushed..used acrylics...also painted sky and water with acrylics..Thanks again ...Dottiej

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    Dottie, I would put a new back on it and just outline the main parts. Put your binding on and be done with it. Art quilts are just that, ART. As they say Art is in the eye of the beholder. LOL :)

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    I would put another back on it also and make it reversible they may want to judge both sides , would'nt that be a HOOT! Best of luck your quilt sounds beautiful on the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dottiej
    THANK YOU FOR REPLY...
    Its about 36" by 38"..Do you know if anyone on this board has ever framed a quilt..I did a search on hiding the back and found nothing...I am new to this board it is great..Im from Michigan..Dottiej
    I have framed a wall hanging before. It was an odd size, so I had one custom built. I don't have to worry about cleaning anything except the glass and wood. It is awesome, and I have had many people comment on it. I wish I could afford to have more wall hangings framed.

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