I stopped at the inner boarder and pieced it from left over rectangles from the pinwheels. I also left off the corner pinwheels in the boarder (too limit the size)
The backing was pieced together using remnants when purchasing the main fabric. The brown added a pop to the back of the quilt that I love and I use this technique a lot in my charity quilts (due to the fact that we don't get a lot of yardage donated).
Things I learned making my first quilt:
- Reading a pattern.
- Making a plastic template.
- Using a rotary cuter/ruler/mat (I cut part of my pointer finger off, not pretty).
- Working out math for the amount of fabric, so that you don't have to make a lot of trips to the store (don't get me wrong I love shopping at the store (my husband could attest to that), but I rather work on the quilt).
- Working on getting the 1/4 seam allowance right, that is real work, still working on it.
- Selecting fabric that blends well on quilt top.
- Using imagination to piece a quilt back.
- Sometimes your points are lost.
- Stitching in the ditch when your blocks don't align quite right.
- Frustration of working with such a large quilt on such a small sewing machine.
- Using a walking foot (very interesting bringing up the bobbin thread BEFORE you start sewing).
- BINDING, need I say more
I still love quilting.