Have you ever used voile for a quilt back?


I do think I must have ADHD, or another Attention Deficit Disorder, type issue.

Another quilt I am working on was in my lap, today, during this blizzard-like weather we are experiencing and seems like we will continue to “enjoy” for the next week…..

Snowday @ SewfrenchWe woke up, yesterday, with about 7″ on the ground and another 7″ fell throughout the afternoon leaving us with 15.6″ a new November record. This is scary, for so early in the Michigan snow season. I am just hoping this is not a tease of what is to come.

Sooo…. I am working on hand quilting another project. Even when this is my view from my usual quilting spot. Ha! It really does look like ADD from here. But in my defense, I have a very active, creative mind. I am constantly having to try something out. And those quilts don’t have near deadlines, so they got put on the back burner.

WIPs at Sewfrench


This one is yet to be named. You are seeing the back. I am doing some outline quilting before I work up a design.

Aurifil 28 wt hand quilting @ Sewfrench I’m using Aurifil 28 weight thread on this one. That is the gray-spooled, heavier weight one, made for hand quilting. It is still much finer than many of the other hand quilting threads out there, but it does quilt up beautifully. Even with it being finer I am still not finding it any more tangle-y than any other, but I don’t ever seem to have an issue with that anyway. I wonder if it is because I have learned you should always knot, the end of the thread, where you cut your length. Thread is spun in one direction and is meant to be used in that same direction. Thread the needle with the end coming off the spool, cut your length and knot where you cut and you should be good to go.

Robert Kaufman Veronica Voile @ Sewfrench

My backing fabric, shown above, is Robert Kaufman’s Veronica Voile, in Stone. This was one of the 40% off fabrics I got at Pink Chalk Fabric’s going out of business sale. This was one of the few pieces I chose that were not your typical solids. I was happy to see it was a perfect match for the front. You can never be sure when buying fabrics online.

I have used voile, for a quilt backing, only once. It was the perfect match for the quilt top and I questioned using it for a backing, then. I wonder how it has held up…..

If you aren’t familiar with voile, the word rhymes with oil, and is a very fine fabric. One of the most luxurious fabrics you have ever caressed. It’s name is derived from the Latin work veil.  It is as light and breezy as a Sunday afternoon. It is often used for blouses, scarves or beachy, flowing curtains.

Voile usually costs a little more, but I LOVE that it is usually 54/55/56″wide. This often means I only need to buy only one length for a quilt back, as opposed to the usual 42″ wide fabric and needing to piece two quilt lengths ($$) to get the width I need. For a lap quilt, it is perfect, not seam needed, making hand-quilting even easier. “Hooray” says all the hand quilters out there!!!

This quilt feels like it will float away as I work on it. You can actually see how light it is where I have it pin basted. It looks loose, not taut, like most quilts in the process of being quilted. I will just be extra diligent with the hand on the underside to keep wrinkles at bay. It quilts like buttah’, I say. Surely I can get this one worked up quickly. I’ll share the front before the year is out. I hope….

Have you ever used voile as a quilt backing?

What’s your weather like? Are you bundled up working on something snuggly??

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9 Responses to Have you ever used voile for a quilt back?

  1. RuthB says:

    I’ve not used voile in a quilt before but have some in my stash – couldn’t resist buying it when I touched it – so soft! Sun is shinning here after heavy rain – we’ll see how long that lasts!


  2. I have not used it no, but it sounds wonderful. I checked with a blogger friend in Michigan last evening and she said she had two feet of snow out on her deck at that time

    Here in Southerwestern Pa we have the bone-chilling cold but have escaped the snowfall thus far.

    Your snow and view are so pretty. But I can wait for mine, ha ha

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  3. I haven’t ever used voile in a quilt at all. Does it hold up to washing, or is it mainly for wall hangings that wouldn’t get a lot of use? Snow picture is really beautiful, but you can keep it for now, LOL!!


    • sewfrench says:

      I have never used it as a quilt back for a quilt I kept, Carole, so I’m not sure how it holds up. I did use Liberty lawn, which some people call voile, for all the hearts on the front of my granddaughter’s “Head Over Heels in Love” quilt. I’m sure it’s been washed 100 times, by now, and still looks perfect.
      This quilt will be a sofa throw so I’m hoping it will hold up!


  4. I have never used voile. But I must say, your quilting on it looks lovely. Yes, the snow. We have a ton here too. And I agree… I hope this large and early deposit is not an indication of a long, deep winter.

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  5. Debbie Seton says:

    I think it will depend on how closely it’s woven. Liberty lawn is very closely woven so despite being light, it holds up well. I have a quite gauzily woven piece of voile that I’m planning to use for a quilt front, but I’ll definitely be using a backing fabric for that – probably a nice light plain lawn. Looking forward to hearing how you get one with it! 🙂

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    • sewfrench says:

      Oh, Debbie, I have never heard about lining quilting fabric. Yikes, this isn’t as heavy as Liberty, maybe not even as heavy as Oakshott. I hope it will be okay!


      • Debbie Seton says:

        Not something you’d usually need to do, for sure! I think it will also depend on how much use it will get and how often it might need to be washed? I haven’t used Oakshott, but I’ve used Kaffe Fassett’s shot cotton for some of the hexies in an EPP quilt front that I’m hand quilting at the moment. Because it is so light, I did wonder whether I should use interfacing on those pieces before I started piecing the quilt, but I didn’t. As I’m quilting it, the batting fibres aren’t migrating through it because the weave is close enough, despite it being so light and airy, so I think it’s okay.

        For my gauzy voile piece, I’ve also thought about using a good quality lightweight iron on interfacing rather than a separate piece of lawn underneath it – would certainly be easier to handle that way.

        Sometimes you just have to go for it and see how it works out – I’m sure yours will be fine! 🙂


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