A Back for Salt Water Taffy



Salt Water Taffy has been on the back burner since the beginning of the month. I didn’t want to put all those little pieces that I’d need for its back away loose. And I was tired of moving the pile around. Meanwhile, other projects were calling. So the only option was to get the back together.  I thought I needed six more inches than I had for backing. Actually I needed a bit more.

Sometimes I work faster than others, and this was one. The back is finished and the binding prepared as well. I used all but 3/4 inch of the darker green and all of the butterfly print. I still have some of the pink lemonade scraps left though. I think this is the last I can do something with them together. It was nice to have coordinated scraps, but they will now mingle with all the others and reorganize themselves.
Pieced backThe second, smaller strip was not planned. I measured what I had of the butterfly print, and it was a yard. So to get the needed 24 1/2 inches, I made a 6 1/2 inch pieced strip and  cut an 8 1/2-inch strip and a 10 1/2 inch strip of the darker green. However, when I straightened the butterfly fabric to get it on grain, I lost 2 inches.  Lesson learned. Straighten fabric before measuring and cutting the second fabric! At least I had enough little pieces to add 2 inches. Maybe it looks better with it anyway.

The binding will be the darker green. I’ll have to get matching thread. I should have a more limited taste in colors; then I wouldn’t need so many threads!

Not promising when I’ll get to quilting it.

Linking with Oh Scrap!  And Let’s Bee Social. And WIP Wednesday. In case you missed the top, it is here.



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8 responses to “A Back for Salt Water Taffy

  1. Love the colors! I like how the back turned out – it gives it character! It gives me ideas on being creative when piecing a back rather than just straight strips. Love the post!

  2. Your Saltwater Taffy quilt is coming along nicely. And I like how you are using scraps on the back too. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  3. I like the extra piece that you added. Gives it some extra interest. One of those nice times when necessity works out to the artist’s advantage!

  4. I call that serendipity! It’s a great backing, and you’ve used lots of scraps, and won’t have a bunch of things leftover. Win-win-win!

  5. Cher

    well done to get this done with all the work it took. I think it would work as a two sided quilt even. And, great to use up most of the scraps as well

  6. I love pieced backs, I just don’t like to take the time to do it, LOL But yours is perfect for you top!

  7. Lisa

    I love the little pieces. I think they make the back really sing.

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