Take A Peek Behind Our Quilts

How much effort do you put into your quilt’s backing? I showed you the back of Lynda Howell’s Snuggle Sampler in my July/Aug ’10 edit letter. Lynda made the bear (block Z) 190% bigger than it is on the front (pattern is in QM July/Aug ’10) and pieced a fun back for her quilt. Here it is as a reminder:

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The front of Snuggle Sampler is the May/June ’10 cover quilt. Plus you can view detail photos of the blocks in our gallery.

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Quiltmaker May/June '10

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Quiltmaker July/Aug '10

Part 1 of the series can be found in May/June ’10 with Part 2 to finish the quilt appearing in July/Aug ’10. You can buy those issues at QuiltAndSewShop.com.

On to another backing. In this case Theresa Eisinger didn’t piece anything extra for the back of her Pinwheel Pirouette quilt. She used muslin for the back, but you can see below how she kept changing the bobbin thread to match the top so that none of her quilting threads from the bottom show up on the top.

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Pinwheel Pirouette--Front

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Pinwheel Pirouette--Back

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Pinwheel Pirouette--Detail, Front

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Pinwheel Pirouette--Detail, Back

Bonnie Hunter, who gives a great scrappy block idea in the Addicted to Scraps column inside every issue of QM, has a backing plan that’s part of her Scrap User’s System.

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Bonnie Hunter's backing for Ocean Waves. (Used with permission.)

Bonnie cuts her large scraps into 10.5″ squares and pieces them together for a great scrappy backing. Read more about why she cuts 10.5″ squares at the bottom of her Scrap User’s System and see more pieced backs from Bonnie.

What about you? Got any fun pictures of how you’ve made an interesting backing?

About June Dudley

I'm the Editor-in-Chief of Quiltmaker magazine. I have enjoyed quilting for many years. And I love to collect fabric, thread, books and all things quilty. I especially like batiks, bright colors, florals, dots, stripes and anything purple or teal.
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3 Responses to Take A Peek Behind Our Quilts

  1. If you would like to see photos of quilts w/interesting backs…where would you like them sent?

    • June says:

      If you’ve got photos of interesting backs that you want to share, here’s a couple ways to do that:
      1. if you have a blog, post your picture and leave a comment here with a link
      2. post a picture at flickr and leave a comment here with a link
      3. share it in a comment on our facebook fan page
      4. you can email it to editor (at) quiltmaker.com if you don’t want to share it publicly.
      We’re waiting for an updated community site later this summer that will make it easier to share photos on our site.

  2. Jocelyn says:

    I am not very creative when it comes to my backing. I love the look of pieced backings, but mine always turn out catty whompus. I’d love to see more ideas about backing.

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