Back to Pieces

A guest post by Emilie Kahn

Chances are if you’re making a quilt larger than for a baby or a lap you will need to put together at least two pieces of fabric for the back. Rather than piecing together two pieces of the same fabric why not add some interest to the back?

Making a pieced back wouldn’t take much more time than sewing the initial two larger pieces of fabric together and it’s a great way to use up any extra fabric or blocks you may have leftover. 

Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you should do another quilt top and make the quilt reversible. This is a great opportunity to get creative, plus there’s the added benefit of not having one bulky seam running down the center of the back.

Here are some ideas:

  • Two pieces of fabric with a wide strip of one different fabric in between.
  • Two pieces of fabric with a row of extra blocks in between.
  • A strip of squares of left over fabric between two pieces of fabric.
  • Up to ten chunks of left over fabric of varying sizes sewn together.
  • One or two parallel strips intersecting in one corner from left to right and top to bottom.
  • A row of flying geese dividing a piece of fabric.
  • An enlarged version (at least doubled) of one of the blocks from your quilt.

Quick tip: If you’re using scraps from the quilt you made to piece the back, make sure to set aside what you plan to use for binding so it doesn’t accidentally get used.

I like to lay out the ideas for a quilt back much like I would while assembling a top. Think about if you would like the pieced back to be symmetrical or not; move fabrics around, play with it, figure out what you like and don’t. Don’t forget the label and most importantly, to have fun with it!

Here are three examples I’ve been working on:


Happy Quilting!

Emilie

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Happy Quilting!

Emilie

If you enjoyed this article please visit Emilie’s blog at http://willowworksquilts.blogspot.com

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