Angela Pingel shares this handful of quilt backs to consider next time you’re finishing a quilt in her book, A Quilter’s Mixology:
Option 2: A strip pieced horizontally into a single seamed pieced back. This is a useful option when you have a good amount of yardage but not quite enough. It gives you the extra length you need.
Option 3: A back composed of fat quarters. I often end up with a collection of fat quarters that I’m not quite sure what to do with. The bonus with these is that they can be from the same fabric line and have a natural cohesion.
Option 4: A back that uses up those extra blocks you may have made for the quilt front. Waste not, want not! Put those blocks to good use and enjoy them, even on the back.
You are only limited by your imagination! Backings can be as simple as you like or as creatively complex as you like. It’s entirely up to you and your personal preferences.
Angela’s suggestions are the perfect starting point for anyone interested in pieced quilt backings. I’ve been enamored with this notion of a pieced backing because I think the beauty is in the details. It might not make sense for every quilt, but anytime I can add an unexpected surprise by bringing elements of the quilt design to the quilt backing I will.
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