Seldom do we have enough room in our magazines to show photos of the backs of the quilts we pattern. But many quilts that come through our offices have creative quilt backings, from simple to elaborate. Piecing quilt backing fabric can go from a utilitarian process to something truly artistic when imagination runs free.
Although using wide quilt backing fabric (108″ wide) can be a simple answer for even quite large quilts, a few easy quilt backing instructions plus a little inspiration can help you add much more personality to the backs of your quilts, to the point where they are nearly as beautiful as the fronts!
He chose to piece it from 2 different fabrics, and instead of just sewing the 2 fabrics together, he inserted a strip of the 2nd between 2 pieces of the 1st, creating a bar effect. Simple, yet very pretty!
Seaside Breeze by Tammy Vonderschmitt, patterned in the April/May 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, uses a no-waste flying geese construction method that creates 4 matching flying geese in each set. However, the piecing on the quilt front only requires 3 matching flying geese for each unit. Tammy’s dilemma…what to do with the remaining flying geese.
Use them in the backing, of course! Tammy pieced a vertical strip using the leftover flying geese and white fabric squares, then added large panels of white fabric to each side to get the 84″ x 96″ backing she needed for the quilt. The result was this striking, modern quilt backing.
Ebb & Flow by Jessica Levitt is patterned in the May/June 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Jessica made extra pieced units so she could play with fabric placement when piecing her quilt top. And you can guess what happened to the units she didn’t use on the front of the quilt…
That’s right…the extra units went into a very creative quilt back. This quilt is now essentially reversible, thanks to a few extra seams and a little planning.
Here are a few more fun quilt backing ideas from upcoming issues of McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts. It’s your flip side sneak peek!
I hope you enjoyed this Tuesday Tutorial and give some of these quilt backing ideas a try. Remember, you can watch any of our free MQU how-to-quilt video lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selection. And don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—access them all right here!
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