Did you know that pieced backings are a characteristic feature on a modern quilt? Well now you do….Me too!
Yikes. I guess I have to figure this out, because over the last couple days, I spent an unacceptable amount of time muttering to myself and to anyone who would listen, “I hate pieced quilt backings!” and YES, I was making a pieced backing for a largish flimsy thats going off to get quilted in the next couple weeks.
Now here’s the thing… I don’t hate pieced backings at all, I love ’em. I really really do. I especially love pieced backings on quilts that other people make…Unfortunately I cannot seem to figure out how to make one properly. I struggle with every aspect of putting together a pieced backing.
Obviously I need to do some homework. So I called on Mr. Google. Imagine my delight when I found a FREE class on Craftsy by the exceptional Elizabeth Hartman called Creative Quilt Backs. This one is definitely a keeper. Pinterest is another great resource. A quick search turned up a gazillion links to ideas about how to piece the backing on your quilt. Check out this blog by Holly called Bits of Everything. She offers a whole bunch of ideas for simple pieced backings–I’m definitely going to use one of these ideas when I get to the backing step on my next project.
Sadly it’s too late for the backing that caused me so much grief earlier this week. Here is a sneak peek…
So how about you? Do you make pieced backings for your quilts? Do you have a formula for making yours?