The back of our quilts can often be an afterthought. We work so hard on the design for the front of the quilt – and yet, when we get to the quilt back – we just want to get it made as quickly as possible and move on to the quilting.
I admit it – I’ve done the same thing. Often I’ve found myself calculating the yardage I need for the back and then cutting it into the length I need and stitching the 2 or 3 lengths together to get enough area to make up what I need. That normally left me with a lot of excess fabric that I didn’t need for the project I was working on.
Along the way – I came to realize that with just a little extra effort – I could make an interesting quilt back, using up the leftover fabrics from the front of my quilt – and only purchasing 1 length of backing fabric instead of 2 or 3. The backs of my quilts became more interesting and I saved money too. That’s a win all day long.
To help you do the same – I’ve created an article that walks you through the steps of creating an interesting back for your quilt and a Gallery of Ideas to inspire you.