I was originally going to go simple and use one big piece of fabric for the backing, but since we're in baby saving mode, I really didn't want to order another piece of that Field Study print since I already had a yard of it. So I added in the patchwork rows and fox family to add length.
Necessity is the mother of all creation, after all ;) I can honestly say that most of the projects/design elements I love most out of all my handmade projects, have been the product of a supply shortage, mistake or last-minute fix. I LOVE this quilt backing, and am so, so glad my fabric shortage forced me into being more creative :)
One thing that does really tick me off though is the fact that I chopped off most of my own tail *sigh*. But that's what happens when you're 34 weeks pregnant and crawling around on your hands and knees on hardwood at 11 pm....you fail to notice your backing is centered a few inches off from where you wanted it until you quilt the whole darn thing together, and notice when you're trimming the excess that you hold the sad tip of a fabric fox tail in your hands :( I don't know if I'll ever stop being perturbed by that...Ray will probably be rolling his eyes 4 years from now when I'm still bringing it up, lol!
And guess what? We finally bought a crib! Got it for a steal at Pottery Barn Kids and it's such good quality! We really wanted to get a solid wood crib instead of the particle board ones out there because our families aren't exactly what you'd call "dainty", and we thought solid wood would hold up better to abuse/dents/scratches over the years in case Plaid Baby's a bit rough & tumble like us ;)
Wish us luck getting the nursery finished in time... We still have to move the dresser in, hang pictures, make the curtains + crib skirt, and finish painting the tree mural on the wall. Whew. I'm exhausted just typing that list!