How to know when to buy yards and yards of fabrics for backing?
Do you stash fabrics that are specifically for backing a quilt?
They need to be a large piece for sure and buying large pieces of fabrics is risky.
In the end, it may seems that all of your quilt doesn’t match the backing fabric you have in stash. Have you been in this situation before?
And if there are any fabrics, the fabric is not enough to back a quilt. Ughhh.
That’s me. Cause I rarely ever buy more than 3 yards of the same fabric. Not even on when they’re on sale.
I think 3 yards is the max.
Unless it’s a white solid. I buy those on bolts.
In today’s post, I’ll let you know how I get around with that and share with you some of the ways to work mix matching fabrics to make a quilt back large enough for your quilt.
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#1 Featured Column
This is my favourite way to make the backing. A 44″ wide fabric is often not wide enough as a backing. Lengthwise might be okay since if you have 2.5 yards of fabric, then you’ll have about 90″. To make the 44″ up wide fabric up to the standard size of a queen quilt width (about 54-60″) then you’ll need to add 10-16″ to it.
Don’t forget, remove selvedges.
You can simply add a feature column that is 10-16″ wide or even bigger if your quilt is wider.
It can be all patchwork blocks, or you can mix it up with just plain solid bars.
Let me show you some ideas with this graphic:
I have used this for many of my quilts including I heart Quilt, double wedding ring quilt and my Irish chain quilt.
#2 Simple Cross
I love this idea for any size quilts.
Since you can add in extra collumn and row, you can adjust the size to make your quilt back large enough easily.
You can make a simple solid cross, or use some of this idea of mix matching the next time you try it:
#3 Bar Style
I love this simple way to add length to the fabrics that you have. Perfect for those twin size where you just need to add length to the fabrics you already have in hand.
But of course with all the other ideas, you can always apply this for a larger size quilts too, but you’ll have to piece two of the centre together.
Check out this tutorial on how to piece together backing fabrics and match the patterns!
Here are some ideas:
#4 Staggered Bars
Got a bigger quilt?
Add in bars in each column, this can just be the right amount to get away with whatever you have in hand. Add in 3 bars of 12″ width makes up an extra yard.
#5 Scrappy Style
I have tried a scrappy back once with my union jack quilt. I may have gone a little over-board with the scrappiness or maybe the pieces were just too scattered. Well, I did not like it very much, but it was sure a fun way to make backings using smaller pieces of fabrics I have in hand.
If I were to do this next time, I may set a little rule like having all of the pieces the same width or have one thing uniform to anchor the scrappiness a little better.
Do you have a favourite way to do backing? Or do you like wide backings instead? Let me know in the comment- would love to hear from you.
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