As I started quilting niece Ella’s quilt today I got to thinking, what makes a great quilt back for me?
I’ve always leaned towards flannels and piecing leftovers for backing, but lately I’ve noticed myself gravitating towards large scale prints.
I all of a sudden have the ‘S’ rule for quilt backing.
SIMPLE in construction and on SALE.
Unless I can’t live without it I try to stick at $6/yard. I like out of prints, so it takes patience, but eventually the Alexander Henry Seagulls, Light Bright, Smiles Around the World, Stable Mates, Peace Signs and more came my way at the right price. That’s important when I’m generally purchasing around 4 yards of fabric.
I noticed when I started pulling what I buy for backing that isn’t flannel, it’s Alexander Henry.
Applying a binding that works with the front AND the back is important to me. Sometimes, like I did in Ethan’s quilt, I use the same fabric for the binding as the backing. I’m struggling with this in Ella’s quilt, but it will come together.
I am continually impressed by those that put a huge effort into their quilt backs. One late night I formed a Flickr group for quilt backs because I needed inspiration. I have to admit, although I like the idea of two quilts in one, I also like the idea of being DONE.
What do you do? And Happy Weekend by the way.