|What’s better than one pretty fabric on the back of a quilt? |
Many pretty fabrics!
When it’s time to make my back, the recipe I follow is simple. I take a 2-yard cut of fabric and cut it length-wise. (I don’t bother removing the selvages.) I don’t like things to be too symmetrical, so I’ll cut the length about 25 inches from the left edge.
Then I figure out how much fabric I’ll need to add to the center to accommodate the width of the quilt top. I head to my stash, and sometimes my scrap bin, to find coordinating bits. I sew them up in a column and attach the sides.
|Everything is laid out and ready to be sewn.|
I like this approach because it produces a chunky back, one that doesn’t compete with the top for the spotlight and one that’s not too fiddly to sew.
This technique also helps me be a smarter stasher. When I find a fabric on sale that would work well as the main fabric in a pieced back, I buy a 2-yard cut of it. Most of my quilts are throws, so by buying 2 yards, I’m stashing enough fabric to cover the length of a throw-size quilt plus a few inches of overage.
|Ta da! One lovely pieced back.|
Not all my backs work out this way. There are those for which I needed to sew a 2-yard swath of fabric before cutting it length-wise and adding the center column ...
|Click here to read more about Bring on the Dancing Horses|
There are those for which I sewed something similarly chunky without following the 2-yard recipe ...
|Click here to read more about Good Day Sunshine.|
And there are those that included multiple miscuts, small bits of fabric, and headaches all around ...
|Click here to read more about Lotus Blossom.|
How about you? Do you piece your backs? And if you do, what trends can you identify in your approach?
To see the finished quilt that goes with the pink and purple back at the top of the post, visit again soon. If the weather cooperates, I’ll take pictures and write a post later this week. : )
Linking up to Sew Cute Tuesday, Let’s Bee Social, and Needle and Thread Thursday ...