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Quilt Backing Ideas

My favorite challenge lately when making quilts is to add some fun character to the backing.  No more plain boring backs on your quilts!  Here are a few new quilt backing ideas for you to consider.

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This is the quilt backing for my Flowering Snowball Quilt.

Buying 4-5 yards of fabric for the backing of a quilt can add up fast.  Here are some ideas of how you can piece your quilt backing to use up scraps and not have to buy more fabric.  Let start with the traditional way to piece the backing fabric of your quilt.  Using fabric that is purchased 42-44 inches wide, these are your options:

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Using the same fabric for the whole back, you would need anywhere from 3.5 to 5 yards (or even more!) depending on the size of your quilt.   To  create a fun pieced back to your quilt, I just buy one length of fabric (the length of your quilt, approx. 2 yards) and then use scraps to fill in the rest of the needed width.  Here are a few ideas of how to do this:

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Now that I’ve got you thinking, I thought you could come up with some of your own ideas.  Here is a blank sheet of pretend little quilts for you to doodle on and come up with your own backing patterns.

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Download Quilt Backing Planner Printable

I have a few more quilts in the works with fun backings on them, I can’t wait to show your more!

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Green Table Runner

It’s time to pull out all your green scraps and put them to good use!  The other day I whipped up this green table runner that will be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.  Finished size is 21.5 X 21.5 inches. Each clover block measures 9 inches unfinished.

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It’s a simple little 4 patch quilt block pattern.  I used my scraps, so I didn’t do anything fancy, just cut the squares and sew them together.

Supplies needed:

  • green scraps of fabric
  • 1/3 yard white fabric
  • 2/3 yard backing fabric (or scraps)
  • 1/4 yard binding fabric
  • batting

Green Table Topper

Cutting:

  • 36 – 2.5 X 2.5 inch green squares
  • 12 – 2.5 X 2.5 inch white squares
  • 2  – 1 inch strips WOF of white for clover block sashing
  • 2 – 2  inch strips WOF of white for sashing in between the blocks

There are 2 ways to make the little diagonal clover stem.  It is probably easiest to cut squares:

  • 8 – 4 1/8 inch squares of white
  • 4 – 4 5/8 inch squares of green

OR 

  • 4 – 4.5 inch squares of white, then cut in half on the diagonal
  • 4 – 6 3/4 inch X 1 1/4 inch strip of green

If you want to stick with squares, mark your diagonal lines on all your white squares.  Line up the white square in the corner of the green square and sew down your pencil line.  Trim and press seam.  Repeat on opposite corner.  Then, square up your block to measure 4.5 inches square.

Clover Quilt Block

If you choose to just cut strips of green (this way will have less fabric waste), you just need to line up your diagonal seams, which can be tricky.  I had to unpick a time or two to get them to line up right.  After it’s sewn together, be sure to square up your block to measure 4.5 inches square.

Add your 1 inch sashing in between your clover pieces.  Now it’s the fun part.  Deciding how to put your blocks together.  Here are a few ideas I was playing with.

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This time I decided to make a square table topper.  Add your 2 inch sashing in between the blocks and you are ready to quilt, bind, wash, and love!  I used some green and white scraps to create my backing.  I choose to do straight line quilting about 3/4 of an inch apart.  I just love how it turned out!  Enjoy!

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