Oh, dear. I couldn’t resist that title. But, really, I want to talk about the backs of my quilts for a moment. How do you decide what to put on the back of your quilt? A creation you have spent hours of your life on. That you have thoughtfully constructed. And it isn’t finished without a back.
For me, I let the scraps, the leftover blocks, and what is laying around my sewing space to determine the back. I rarely (never) start a quilt knowing what the back will look like. For my Single Girl Quilt, I had three layer cake squares leftover along with some smaller scraps. So, I started piecing the smaller scraps together. And somehow, it just evolved into this checkerboard.
And I love how it turned out. I love using the tiniest of pieces. I think my grandparents would be proud that they didn’t go to waste!
For my Flea Market Fancy Quilt, I had a few extra blocks leftover (because I can’t count, apparently!) I pieced them together like this
Then, I decided, if not now, when? So I cut into anything I had a WOF piece of for the line and sewed them all together. I tried to add some variety to the back by making the strips various widths. Now, some of my favorite fabrics are all in one place for me to enjoy!
It wasn’t nearly as time intensive as the front, but I really enjoyed the process of making it, coming up with my own style.
I feel like a pieced backing is a place for me to let myself play around without the ‘pressure’ of perfection.
In a lot of cases, I like the back more than the front when I’m all done.
I had a ton of fun using my extra nightshade blocks to construct this huge churn/dash block. And I love that Denyse Schmidt print with Nightshade. It happened to be sitting out along with that grey cathedral print. They just seemed to be the perfect fit, but not wide enough, so I added some black and came up with this.
So, how do you create the backs of your quilts? Do you hate that part, or is it the place you let yourself just have fun?
Now, I get to go rip out some quilting so I can finish the spiderweb on this nightshade quilt. I am so excited to have a Halloween quilt for ME!