Tip #3: Make the quilt back at least a few inches bigger on each side. Don’t skimp here–it is harder to line up quilts if there isn’t much leeway (ask me how I know this!) If you find that your quilt back is too small AFTER it has been quilted (hello!), you can add a strip of fabric to the edge and just kind of wing it. It seems to work best if you use something that looks like it is meant to be there–the Mendocino octopus strip below was one of those “oops” moments.
Tip #4: It is hard to line up quilt fronts and quilt backs–keep that in mind when piecing your quilt back. Don’t put an element you really like near the edge of the quilt, it might get cut off. Mine are never perfect. Someday, perhaps.
Tip #6: Make the binding before you piece the back. And then, be careful not to put it in a “super safe place,” where you may lose it for up to a year. I just found a roll of binding last week–luckily my friend Tricia was able to use it in the Cool by the Pool Quilt.
Tip #7: Often, I end up liking the quilt back as much as the front. And that is okay! My quilt backs also tend to be a lot calmer than the fronts. It makes me think I need to make a set of simple quilts…
(Mosaic above are quilt backs I have made) 1. 100 Quilts Quilt Along- Back, 2. Beltway Traffic–The Back, 3. Doesn’t that look like I meant to add a strip on the end?, 4. 2009-06-29 021, 5. Central Park Binding, 6. peacock blue quilt.back, 7. A bit of Heather Ross, 8. DQS 10 Back, 9. Preschool Quilt Framed
Finally, did you know that there is an entire flickr group dedicated to Quilt Backs? With over 1300 pictures, you are sure to find some inspiration! I spent, oh, a wee bit of time looking through the pictures. So many of the quilt backs are just as beautiful as the fronts! If you are looking for something simple, graphic, and beautiful, Faith and Rita have particularly stunning collections. Happy sewing! Don’t forget to add any 100 Quilts for Kids Quilts here
P.S. I am a mosaic-aholic lately. I know, I know. I hope to actually get back to my sewing machine soon 100 Quilts, organizing multiple projects for the Virginia State Day of Service, vacation, and back to school have kept me busy busy busy.
Quilt Along Schedule:
Tuesday, September 20- Spacing Your Quilting
Friday, September 23 – 100 Quilts for Kids Quilt Along Link Up