Yesterday I showed you the pieced back I made for my current project. And I also confessed, I really don’t like making pieced backs, and I often don’t like the looks of them. While it’s hard to shell out bucks for enough yardage of new fabric for a back, that decision will often make me happier than cobbling together chunks of fabric from my stash.
However, there are some pieced backs in my past, and there are even a few I like. Here are some examples. First, the Big Block Quilt for a grandson.
Next, The Baby’s Quilt.
Here is a wedding quilt from early 2013, before I was blogging here. I’ve done backs like this for a couple of grandson’s quilts, too.
Here is Dan’s graduation quilt. The back says, “I ONLY PLAY SOCCER.” As you can imagine, there is a long story that goes with that.
Some of my customers apologize for pieced backs. Apparently there are longarmers out there who don’t care for them. I have a reputation for quilting whatever fits under my needle, so I really don’t mind. Requests to center backs and working with non-flat pieced backs can be problematic, but not impossible.
I do prefer to make my pieced backs intentionally off-center to avoid the accidental look. It takes less planning, too.
I like all of them! They really add spice to the back of a quilt. Who says backings have to be boring!
They don’t! And even better, we each get to decide for ourselves how we want to make them. 🙂
Good idea to put a special message for the quilt recipient on the back – just between you and that person.
I don’t often do that, but sometimes. Other times I send a note “explaining” the quilt, when warranted. But yes, good idea. 🙂
These are fun–I like the tractors in the first one!
Isaac likes them, too! 🙂
Sometimes I like the back better than the front when doing peiced backs.
Maybe you need to start with the backs, then! 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting today.
You keep inspiring me!!! I love the pieced backs! I did one once and then did not think about doing it again. I do “piece” backs when I do not have enough of one fabric but I do not do cool designs! 🙂
cool designs are where it’s at, Tierney! 😀
I like pieced backs that are designed (as your above are); not so fond of pieced backs used just to get rid of fabric.
Agreed. Problem is, I don’t want to spend my time designing the backs! 🙂 THanks.
A pieced back is OK if I’m machine quilting, the machine takes the strain, but it makes things much harder if I’m hand quilting – lots of extra seams to stitch through.
Agree. Of course, my experience with hand quilting is very limited. 🙂
Reading about your pieced backs got me thinking about mine – all of my quilts have pieced backs. I just wrote about them: https://jmn111.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/quilt-backs/. All of my quilts are modern (lap size) quilts and part of the improvisation is adding a modern backing (and the fact that I try to get away with buying just a single length of backing fabric – so I’m forced to use leftovers from the top to fill the width.
Those are wonderful. Thanks for the links, both ways!
Thank you for the link – lovely works of individual art!
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Wow for the tractors and bandana! I wouldn’t have minded that as a front of a quilt! And lol at the “I only play soccer”!
I have lots of “orphan” blocks from when I started years ago. Perhaps they would be put to good use eventually, when I’m confident enough.
Thank you for showing the backs 😀
You’re welcome, Kerry. Yes, the grandson with the tractors uses that side up on his bed. 🙂 I do believe some day he’ll be glad to have the more grown-up version, too. I think orphan blocks are useful in a lot of ways, including for backs. As mentioned in the UFO post, you can use them in any small piece, like table mats and such. Thanks.
I’ve only done a few pieced backs, so far. Yours are really fun, but I imagine it takes a bit of thinking to piece some of them?!
Thanks, Wendy. Yes, depending on what they are, it can take a fair amount of time and thought to pull them together.
So when I was working at the quilt shop a few years ago, I did the math, the wide backs are actually less expensive per yard than the fabric that we typically purchase. And there are NO seams. Woot! Woot! File this under *weird stuff Teri knows and shares*
YES, I’ve calculated that, too. The problem I’ve found is the quality of fabric often isn’t as good (though I have bought a couple of wide backs that were lovely, luxurious, high-quality cotton.) And I need to like it well enough to piece with it, since with the typical size of my quilts, there often is a chunk leftover! Thanks, Teri.
What a wonderful variety! I agree about quilt backs that just don’t go. I’ve had one design published. It was chosen from a photo of the flimsy (unquilted top) and I had to get it quilted right away to meet the magazine’s deadline. I chose a backing totally unlike the front. It wasn’t a cheerful contrast; rather, it was just wrong. I eventually gave the quilt away. (Though not only was the pattern published, it was chosen in a “best of” republication, so I got paid twice!)
That’s fun, especially getting paid twice! I know what you mean about not liking the back. I have one huge lovely quilt with a back I don’t like, cobbled together from large chunks. Of course, many of those large chunks were things I didn’t like or otherwise was finding hard to use. And it sort of spoiled the quilt for me. Now what to do with it?? Thanks for commenting today.
I think these quilts qualify for the term ‘double-sided’ quilts. I am marvelling at how well you centred them all too ☺
Thanks, Allison. The centering is partly deliberate and partly lucky. 🙂
I like some of your quilt backs a lot. They forced you to be creative in use of materials and message. They are bold and expressive. Some could be quilt fronts imo.
Yes, I think 3 of the above could well be fronts. Thanks. xoxoxo
Those are some nice quilt backs! And I agree, it’s not easy to decide between making a back (takes more time) and buying a back (takes more money). Kind of like the rest of life 😉
Always the trade-offs!! Thanks.