I wanted my big blue quilt to have a large-scale blue floral fabric on the back. I often take the time to match up large patterns on the back of my quilts, but this one did not go smoothly.
I usually pin, machine tack (baste), machine tack some more, unpick some of my tacking and finally machine sew the lengths of fabric together. This time, although I used my usually successful method, it kept shifting out of alignment, perhaps because of the weight of such a large backing. In frustration, I ended up unpicking all of my rows of machine tacking (basting) and sewing the seams by hand using a ladder stitch. Hand sewing took time, but I got the effect I wanted.
The backing fabric is Vintage Verona by Emily Taylor, a Riley Blake design. Unable to find enough of something I wanted locally, I ordered it online from Hawthorne Threads (very helpful), hoping it would be what I was after. It is a more muted blue than the front, which has very vivid shades, but I chose it because the dark blue accents should tie in nicely with the dark blue binding I have in mind.
I made an error in my backing calculations (yet again!) and would have ordered a bit more fabric if I had spotted the glitch in my Excel spreadsheet in time, but I managed to just scrape through with enough and still match the pattern as I wanted. My backing calculator spreadsheet is now fixed.
It took me quite a few episodes of Dr Who, Sherlock and Downton Abbey to finish all this hand sewing.
Do you like to match your backing fabric patterns? Do you have a foolproof method?