Here is a quick primer on quick quilt backs. I did not originate this method, and just learned about it recently, but I’ve already used it.
If you make quilts wider than 36″, you probably piece your backs. Some of us like to create a quilt back from one fabric. Others like multiple fabrics, sometimes in long panels creating wide stripes, and sometimes more creatively pieced than that.
This method is for making backs from one long piece of yardage. It doesn’t work especially well for directional prints or geometrics that should match, like plaids. But it’s great for non-directional designs.
Measure your quilt top for width and length. The back needs to be 6-8″ bigger in both directions. If you take your quilt to a long-arm professional, check to see what is required.
Example: top is 48″x56″. Back should be approximately 56″x64″, or bigger. I added 8″ in each direction.
Assume yardage is approximately 42″ wide by some amount long. When the back is done, it will be approximately twice as wide, by half as long. You will lose some area to the seam allowance and trimming. For example, a piece of fabric 42″x108″ (WOFx3 yards) will create a back about 80″x54″.
So instead of a piece of yardage 42″x106″, I have a back that is 81″x52″.
Not including all the time to stop for photos, this took me about 10 minutes. I can use it for any quilt top that is about 73″x44″, or smaller.
Have you ever tried this method? It won’t work for every quilt or every piece of yardage, but I think it’s a pretty slick trick.
NOTE: a fellow Stashbuster, Nancie V, says she starts the seam at the open end, rather than the fold. It saves her the trouble of manipulating the large piece of fabric to fold it. ALSO, because she quilts on her DSM rather than a long-arm, she doesn’t trim the raw edges. Both these tips make the process even faster! Thanks, Nancie!