Always Quilting answers your questions about: Quilt Backings

At Always Quilting, along with always talking about Aurifil thread we also quilt for other people …. you know ….  we have a machine quilting service where we turn other people’s patchwork tops into finished quilts. Gammill ……… and sometimes we even find time to turn our own patchwork tops into finished quilts.

We occasionally finish our own quilts

We occasionally finish our own quilts

This means that we have seen a lot of quilt tops and their backings over the years! When talking about quilting, a frequently asked question after, how big should the quilt backing be, is what to do when the fabric chosen for the quilt backing is a smidge too small. Now, I know that there are plenty of specialist wide backing fabrics available today, in fact we have some great backing fabrics in stock in the shop.

Some of the backing fabrics in the shop

Some of the backing fabrics in the shop

However, sometimes the perfect fabric for the back of the quilt is a standard width that will need to be pieced together to make it big enough for the quilt. When this happens, ideally you would buy 2 widths of fabric and join them to suit the size of the quilt. Visit Always Machine Quilting for clear instructions showing how to join fabric to make a quilt backing. But when the last piece of that “perfect” fabric is just a smidge too small it is time to get creative…… Do NOT add borders to the outer edges of the backing fabric,  instead

  • Do cut the fabric to add a second fabric in the middle of the fabric
  • Do make that cut off centre
  • Do add in a wildly different fabric
  • Do cut in both directions if necessary
  • Do cut on the diagonal to add in the new fabric to be even more creative
  • Do use up spare blocks to make up the measurement
Gail added a diagonal panel to increase the length & the width of the backing fabric.

Gail added a diagonal panel to increase the length & the width of the backing for her quilt.

The aim is to make an “ART BACK”, a backing where you deliberately set out to make something interesting,  not one where it was obvious that you ran out of fabric and had to use another fabric to extend the backing. Get instructions for making an Art Backing for your next quilt or see more examples of Art Backs here If you have been following our “Welcome Quilt”  block of the month this year you will have an opportunity to make a small Art Backing for yourself.  Read the instructions judysew4th gave last month for piecing the backing for the Welcome Quilt.

The backing for my Welcome quilt is pieced with the left over background fabric and charm squares

The backing for my Welcome Quilt is pieced with the left over background fabric and charm squares

The idea is to use up the remaining pieces of the half metre solid fabric and charm squares to make the backing. The instructions for making your own Welcome Quilt are still available for Free download.

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