Blog hop: free-motion video tip + free backing tutorial + giveaway!

It’s our turn to host the blog hop for the new book Machine Quilting with Style. If you’re visiting Martingale’s blog for the first time, welcome—be sure to subscribe to our posts so we can stay in touch!

Machine Quilting with Style blog hop

When award-winning quilter Christa Watson asked us to be a part of her blog hop for Machine Quilting with Style, we jumped at the chance—because we have a LOT to share with you. Today we want to tell you about three things: the BOOK, the VIDEO, and the FREEBIE.

#1: THE BOOK

Eight walking-foot quilting designs, 10 free-motion quilting designs, and 12 fun projects for practice—this is the machine-quilting book that has it all. First, stretch beyond typical stitch in the ditch with creative approaches to straight-line—or not-so-straight-line—quilting. Then, free-motion quilt with success using easy-does-it motifs, tips, and advice—and do it all on your home sewing machine.

From Machine Quilting with Style
Choose straight-line quilting, free-motion quilting, or learn how to combine both techniques in your quilts.

See more from Machine Quilting with Style >

#2: THE VIDEO

Still feeling timid about trying free-motion quilting? Watch Christa tell a Quilt Market crowd how she combines two free-motion quilting designs—loops and spirals—in her “Candy Pop” quilt from Machine Quilting with Style.


Viewing this in email? Watch the video at the Stitch This! blog or on YouTube.


As you can see, it all starts with muscle memory. In Machine Quilting with Style, Christa says:

Christa Watson“Draw before you quilt. Sketch out your quilting design on a piece of paper first to practice your muscle memory and train your brain to recognize the pattern of movement for a particular design. Draw or doodle every day for best results. Keeping a quilting journal just for drawing is a great way to develop designs and practice your ‘quilt handwriting.’”

Grab a piece of paper and give some loops and spirals a try!

#3. THE FREEBIE

In Machine Quilting with Style, you can experiment with 12 of Christa’s chic, modern quilt patterns. But there’s a whole new space on which to get creative with color, design, and quilting—the backs of your quilts! That’s why Christa is offering you a free pattern download for making the backing for a quilt from the book, called “Lightning.” She’s even named the back of her quilt: “Staggered Squares.”

Lightning quilt
The front and back of Christa’s “Lightning” quilt

For the back of this quilt, Christa used up some of her less-than-full-sized fat quarters, randomly adding a pop of yellow here and there for pizzazz. Download Christa’s quilt-backing tutorial now and use it to create a backing for any quilt.

Oh, there’s one more thing we need to tell you about:

#4: THE GIVEAWAY!

Machine Quilting with Style giveawaysChrista is featuring a different quilt from Machine Quilting with Style every day during her blog hop. Many bloggers have made their own versions of Christa’s quilts, so you won’t want to miss a day! Follow along to see all the variations—AND enter for your chance to win some amazing prizes (like the loot on the right). See the full blog-hop schedule below.

Quilt backs—made from a single fabric? Or does a mix of fabrics means "no boring quilt backs" to you? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Machine Quilting with Style eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Comments are closed for this post.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is June, who says:

“I really like the back to have a lot of detail and different fabrics, but recently have been working on some charity quilts with one fabric backings and they are finishing up pretty nicely too. So either way is good. Thanks for the chance!”

June, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


Machine Quilting with Style Blog-Hop Schedule

Additional blog-hop stops will include reviews, interviews, sample blocks, and other eye-opening info about machine quilting that you won’t want to miss


321 Comments

  • It is always fun to make a creative quilt back. I do that if I don’t happen to have a sufficient large enough piece of fabric.

    Anita on September 24, 2015
  • Love the idea of mixing it up with the quilt back. I have done it on one of my quilts and it looked great!!!

    —Erin on September 24, 2015
  • The backing depends on the quilt. If you want to highlight an interesting quilting pattern(s), then a simple back works for me. If not, I use mostly pieced backing to make the back almost as interesting as the front.

    —Linda D. on September 24, 2015
  • I prefer a mix of fabrics. It makes the back more interesting.

    —Shari K. on September 24, 2015
  • Thanks for being such a fantastic partner! I loved writing this book 🙂

    It’s been a pleasure to work with you, Christa–thank you for letting us be a part of your fun blog hop! –Jenny

    ChristaQuilts on September 24, 2015
  • Making a pieced back adds interest and excitement to the quilt. It is also very economical when you don’t have enough yardage. I have recently done several pieced backs.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on September 24, 2015
  • I put a different quilt on the back, so it is reversible.

    —Quilting Tangent on September 24, 2015
  • I recently began piecing the backs of my quilts and I love it! So much more fun.

    —Pamela Wright on September 24, 2015
  • I rarely make a backing from a solid fabric – it creates a lot of waste, and isn’t as fun as making a creative backing.

    —Regina on September 24, 2015
  • I must say it really depends on the quilt. I made a quilt for my daughter and the fabrics were not ones I felt I’d use again. So from the leftovers I just whacked them and stitched them together until I had enough for a back. Sometimes I make a single huge block from the block on front and sometimes I have enough of the right fabric to make a single fabric back.

    —MaryBeth on September 24, 2015
  • I do both depending on the progect. Children seem to like the pieces of color for their quilts

    Judy Tournillon on September 24, 2015
  • I started out doing all my quilt backs in solid fabrics, but now I’m branching out and often using a variety of fabrics on the back — especially if it’s a throw quilt where the back is often in view. Plus it’s a way to use up some of those scraps!

    —Ann Z on September 24, 2015
  • I like both but recently had some big squares and didn’t want it to be boring so I made half square triangle pinwheel. The difficulty was making sure to align and square up the backing to the front if you have a design in the backing.

    —Lisa Huckins on September 24, 2015
  • I really like making pieced backs especially if I don’t have the yardage on hand to use just one fabric. If I’m in a hurry to finish a project then of course I use a wide backing.

    —Janice Mc Laren on September 24, 2015
  • I love the pieced backs, adding a special block, leftovers from the extra squares I’ve practiced with BUT I admit to making two recent, a king size and a baby size, with perfect backs from lovely fabric… my perception that the recipient of the baby quilt is a bit of a snob (probably I’m wrong..) and the king size was one my daughter had worked so hard on for her best friend’s wedding and we wanted it perfect… we did add one house block on the back with the label, with the verse about the Lord building the house… Either way, it gives us pleasure to be blessing others with the work of our hands
    Sharon in Colorado

    —Sharon Schipper on September 24, 2015
  • I mostly use single fabric for backs, but have plans to finish some of my UFO’s with multiple fabrics on the back. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the book…I am entirely self-taught and rely on books and internet videos!

    —Diane D on September 24, 2015
  • I usually make creative quilt backs. It’s more fun & I get to use up scraps.

    —Marianne on September 24, 2015
  • So far I have only used one piece for my backings however they usually include a design to complement the front, a swirl or vine, no plain backs for me – yet.

    Trena J on September 24, 2015
  • I have made some creative quilt backs to use up fabric.

    —Betty on September 24, 2015
  • I love the single piece plain quilt back when it becomes a palate for the quilting stitches!

    —Teresa on September 24, 2015
  • I love the idea of pieced quilt backs and I thank you for the tutorial! 🙂 I admit I am a bit intimdated by piecing the back…. but… here goes! :)))
    Love the quilts in the book and my fingers are crossed. :))

    —Christina in FL on September 24, 2015
  • use whatever is at hand for an interesting backing

    —connie b on September 24, 2015
  • I love colour and I love many different fabrics, but sometimes, just one works really well.

    —anna donato on September 24, 2015
  • I love pieced backs…a fun look and a great way to use leftovers from the top.

    —Lin Keller on September 24, 2015
  • I have disappointed myself several times using only a single fabric backing when I should have tried a mix. I would love to win this e-book because I want to learn to get better use of my sewing machine. I spend a small fortune on sending my quilts out when I really want to learn how to creative quilt my own.(smaller quilts, of course) Nice video and thank you for the chance to win.

    —Alesha K on September 24, 2015
  • just a note: if we quilt with a credit card, as Eleanor Burns calls it, our long arm quilter may have stipulations about how much bulk and bumps a pieced back will add to the sandwich, so check with them, and perhaps it will require a lighter batting! my daughter did a king size Bonnie Hunter celtic solstice with tons of small piecing on the front and warm and natural cotton batting, so we did a simple back so our long arm friend didn’t have issues with her machine

    sharon in colorado

    —Sharon Schipper on September 24, 2015
  • I am one year into being a quilter in my retired yeas! I love seeing and making a more interesting back on a quilt. Variety adds interest in both sides. Would love to win the book and get more machine quilting tips.

    —Phyllis Malone on September 24, 2015
  • Usually I choose a complementary fabric for the back of the quilts I make – then it becomes a double sided quilt!
    Occasionally, I’ve used a single color backing to let the quilting design show.
    However I’m doing some creative piecing for the back of the quilt I’m currently making. It just takes more time!
    I’d just love this book – all the ideas seem so much fun!

    —Linda Fleming on September 24, 2015
  • I always prefer pieced backing. That is the best way to deal with scraps and gives new ideas :-).

    Jyothi on September 24, 2015
  • Never thought of trying different fabrics for the back? This book looks like it offers many ideas and the incentive to try. Thanks for a chance to win it.

    Carmen on September 24, 2015
  • Great idea! I recently ran short on my backing fabric and I had to incorporate a 2nd (complimentary) fabric and I was apologizing to the ladies in my quilting club. I’ve only been quilting for two years. Thanks for the opportunity to win your book.

    —Carmen Rowan on September 24, 2015
  • I have used a single fabric backing mostly. Have tried, I believe only 3 quilts with a pieced back. I like that effect(?). Haven’t tried walking foot quilting either, but I am a work in progress, slow but steady learning.

    —Deborah DeBerry on September 24, 2015
  • I usually use one fabric on the back unless there isn’t enough and then I will get a little creative. Thanks for the chance to win!!

    —Marilyn S on September 24, 2015
  • SO UNIQUE AND SO BEAUTIFUL!!!

    ANGELA PRINGLE on September 24, 2015
  • For me, it depends on the quilt. I think some look better with a single fabric backing and some work well with using more than one fabric.I prefer pieced backs that have some cohesiveness to them–almost like a second design, not just a bunch of leftover pieces slapped together.

    senstrings (at) yahoo (dot) com

    —Susan on September 24, 2015
  • I have made quilts with both, depending on the style of the quilt. Thanks for a great giveaway!

    —Janice on September 24, 2015
  • Love the idea of making the quilt two sided……would love a chance to win a copy of this book! Thanks!

    —Judy D on September 24, 2015
  • I usually use a fabric to march the front but it is so pretty to mix fabrics.

    —susan on September 24, 2015
  • My quilt backs are all over the place, so it depends on the quilt. Sometimes I love a luscious single fabric or a minky and sometimes it’s all about a pieced back. Long live variety!

    —Peggy on September 24, 2015
  • I’ve only made single fabric backs. I’ve always wondered how you would line up the front and back if they are both pieced.

    —Collette Morton on September 24, 2015
  • My backs often use up "leftovers" from the quilt front, but if I don’t have any, I will purchase yardage, usually of a different fabric, for the backing.

    —Rebecca Schmitt on September 24, 2015
  • Definitely no boring quilt backs, I love when thos scrape are used up.

    —Jennie on September 24, 2015
  • I never use just one solid piece of fabric unless I’ve bought a wide back. Even if I piece the back from one fabric, I’ll insert rows of scraps in the back between the larger pieces of fabric.

    —Diane on September 24, 2015
  • Now I can use my imagination on both sides of my quilts. I am fairly new to quilting and have only finished 3 baby quilts. I am working on a very large one with chevrons for my daughter and wish I had seen this before getting all that yardage for the back. I have so many ideas now for the next one.

    —Sharee on September 24, 2015
  • On a quilt I just finished, I added three quilt blocks that I always wanted to try! It was a great way to get the extra width I needed to finish the quilt back.

    —Susan Stanton on September 24, 2015
  • My backings vary, sometimes I buy backing, sometimes I piece the backing! Whatever mood I am in.

    —carol n on September 24, 2015
  • Sometimes when I am trying to use up fabrics the back can be very interesting!
    At the very least using left over blocks (or parts and pieces of blocks), a single block or row of blocks make a plain backing much more interesting!

    —Vicky on September 24, 2015
  • Depends on the quilt whether it’s a solid piece or a pieced backing. I like both.

    —Gail on September 24, 2015
  • Sometimes I use full backing fabric but I piece when I don’t find what I want. I may also use leftover or orphan blocks on the back to add to a quilt.

    —Cyndi Duffin on September 24, 2015
  • I haven’t tried quilting with a quilted back yet I’ve only used plain fabric but I am so ready to try it!

    —Elizabeth Kuntz on September 24, 2015
  • I do both. Mostly depending on time and fabric leftovers. I like a pieced back, they are just fun! Thanks for participating in Christa’s blog hop!

    Sharon on September 24, 2015
  • If I don’t have a large enough piece of fabric for the back I use all the leftovers and make strips to use with a solid or print for the backing, or I will make blocks, there are lots of options, this book sounds like it has lots of useful ideas in it, thanks for the chance to win!

    —Rhona on September 24, 2015
  • The first time I made a pieced quilt back was when I didn’t have enough backing fabric and couldn’t re-order. It was a quilt for my mother-in-law and I used a row of pieced scraps from blocks on the front of the quilt. She loved it and said it was beautiful when she turned the top back when she got into bed. I liked it so well, I’ve started planning pieced backs more and more using scraps, left over blocks and additional fabrics. Definitely not boring any more! Thank you for an opportunity to win this prize!

    —Miriam on September 24, 2015
  • I like the idea of a quilt backing with a mix of fabrics & the staggered squares are a unique way to use leftovers.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on September 24, 2015
  • I love pieces backs that allow me to show off the quilting. I use leftovers from complex tops in a more simple design so the quilt can be flipped over. I usually choose a design element from the front to continue on the back and piece the label into the backing.

    —Stephanie Lau on September 24, 2015
  • Depends on the quilting on the main pattern – if fancy I like a plain back with a border to show the quilting and often will use a contrasting thread. If repetitive, I will do a modern style quilt on the back. Since my quilts are more traditional, the modern back gives the recipient a little variety.

    —lavonne on September 24, 2015
  • I have always used one fabric for the back, but am going to try piecing

    , it will use up my stash.

    —Glenda on September 24, 2015
  • If the quilt is a gift, I usually try to have the back all one piece unless I know the recipient will appreciate a pieced backing. Any quilt I keep, either for home use or display has a pieced backing.

    —Nancy McFall on September 24, 2015
  • Personally, I prefer to have a wide back just because it’s fast and easy, but since I need to use up lots of my stash, I usually end up piecing the back and try to make it fun.

    —Karen in Breezy Point on September 24, 2015
  • I love to turn over a quilt and see the unexpected! Maybe just a few
    strips of various fabrics here and there – or a very leftover blocks
    place in a no form design – I have moved away from solid fabric backings –
    Another place for creativity – and originality. Thanks for this great chance!!!

    —Jane from New England on September 24, 2015
  • I’ve always done single fabric backs but might give pieced backs a try!

    —Ashley on September 24, 2015
  • I do both pieced and one piece backings depending on what fabric I have that suits the quilt front. I like both sides to look nice!

    —MoeWest on September 24, 2015
  • I love a pieced back – it makes the back interesting and I like that you can use up any left over blocks or pieces of blocks and scraps.

    —Esther Funk on September 24, 2015
  • I just do simple stitch in the ditch, but would love help in something more

    Donna Davies on September 24, 2015
  • I’ve done both, but I love piecey backs. Unfortunately, quilt buyers frequently do not. They don’t understand the piecey back, unless it’s like another quilt as Christa did above…then you can call the quilt "reversible." I also often use a leftover block as a quilt label.

    Lisa on September 24, 2015
  • In an effort to use up my stash, I’m happy to piece the backs too. Why not have two quilts for the price of one.

    Vicki Krausz on September 24, 2015
  • I like the whole backing , but if it’s not wide enough I’ll add a boarder to the backing as needed.

    Donna Davies on September 24, 2015
  • I’ve never tried multi fabric backs… but I think it’s something I need to try.

    —Suzy on September 24, 2015
  • I usually make a pieced back–I like the look as well as for practical reasons. I often don’t have enough of one fabric LOL

    —NancyR on September 24, 2015
  • I have always used single fabric, but a mix-up sounds interesting! I’ll have to try that!

    —Lana Bell on September 24, 2015
  • I usually use mixed fabrics for the back. Sometimes blocks sometimes strips or squares.

    —Linda Lewis on September 24, 2015
  • I wait till I know who The quilt is going to, for my own, I like to piece them. Then I can use which ever side I feel like that day.

    —Mary on September 24, 2015
  • I like the simplicity of a single fabric for wall hangings because no one ever sees the back. For large quilts I think it is more interesting to have several fabrics on the back.

    —Barbara on September 24, 2015
  • it all depends on what the quilt top tells me it needs for a backing. I do love to piece them though, but there are times where the top begs for a single fabric.

    Heather on September 24, 2015
  • Very special quilts get a pieced back, but many just get the extra wide fabric backings. I collect the extra wide to have on hand so that the back can complement the top.

    —Mary Howard on September 24, 2015
  • Mixing fabrics sounds like a great way to use up small pieces and make the back of the quilt fun in itself.

    Kathy on September 24, 2015
  • I like the look of a one piece backing but will use scraps if I have a lot and don’t have another project planned for them.

    —Diana O. on September 24, 2015
  • Life is full of variety and so are my quilt backs. It’s a great way to use up left overs!

    —Terri on September 24, 2015
  • Depending on the quilt and its size I will do a large back, one piece of fabric or a pieced back of squares and strips. Sometimes cost is also the consideration.

    —Ginny Worden on September 24, 2015
  • I often use orphan blocks and leftover fabric from a quilt for the back. It adds interest.

    —Jill Ellis on September 24, 2015
  • If I have big scraps of fabric after completing the top, I try to incororate as much of the leftovers as I can it into a pieced back. If leftovers are minimal, I’ll buy backing.

    —marlene on September 24, 2015
  • Depends upon the Quilt…..many of my scrap quilts get whatever fabric is leftover as backing so they can have many pieces sewn together.

    —Karen Keeler on September 24, 2015
  • To me multiple fabrics on the back show more work and can add more interest. When I make a quilt it tends to have a solid back as it is more time efficient and it gets done!

    —Karen on September 24, 2015
  • I do both full size and scrappy pieced backs. Depends on the top.

    —Betsy on September 24, 2015
  • Mine is always pieced with fabrics leftover from the front:) sometimes it’s planned and sometimes not:)

    —Lou on September 24, 2015
  • I love the idea of piecing the backing! I have seen it on quilts but haven’t had the opportunity to use this technique, I am looking forward to the sewing one!

    —Muriel on September 24, 2015
  • Boy, I must be BORING because I’m usually a one color backer. But, I’m trying to work out of that BORING position. On the plus side, you can actually use up some pieces of fabric that is just sitting there.

    —Arliene Zeigler on September 24, 2015
  • I usually make my quilt backs from a single fabric. I do love the look of a pieced back though. Then they can be reversible.

    —Susan on September 24, 2015
  • When I first started quilted, all I could think of was finishing the project, so using a single fabric got me to the end faster. As the years have passed, the idea of using leftover fabric in the backing has become more appealing.

    —Betty on September 24, 2015
  • I love pieced backs, but haven’t used one yet (my quilts thus far have been baby sized)- I plan to use one on a quilt I’m making for my daughter. I lvoe that you can sue up fabric, but also showcase some larger prints.

    —Sarah J. on September 24, 2015
  • I like the look of quilting design on a plain back but pieced adds a different perspective. Pieced backs also have an additional use in making the backing go further. I guess I am saying that I see uses for and like both.

    —Joan on September 24, 2015
  • I love to piece my quilt backings.Bonus…a double sided quilt!

    —theresa sheldon on September 24, 2015
  • I like backings made from a single fabric, mostly because I’m such a new quilter that I want the quilting to be as easy as possible. But I also like backings with small panels that echo or repeat the quilt pattern.

    —Elizabethdx on September 24, 2015
  • Actually most of my quilts have been pieced using fabrics that I thought would accent or blend in with the front of the quilt. Sometimes I have created a back using leftover blocks or patchwork to be the focal point of the rest of the fabric back. But it certainly is a time saver when I’ve used the one fabric for the back, either pieced or wide back! Thanks!

    —Marie Chat on September 24, 2015
  • I have done both one fabric and pieced. I like them both.

    —Becky Whitehead on September 24, 2015
  • I’ve have done both. Depends on the quilt, the amount of fabric leftover from the front and my time.

    —Marijo on September 24, 2015
  • I usually use 1 fabric, I try to use fabrics from my stash, but sometimes will purchase a fabric for the back. I can see myself making 2 sided quilts in future perhaps, to use up more of my stash!

    Denise L. on September 24, 2015
  • My quilt backs vary, depending on available fabric and my mood!

    —Pat on September 24, 2015
  • I’m more fond of single fabric pieced backs….maybe with a small accent piece or block. I think one of the functions of the backing is to compliment the front. It may be boring to some but I think it makes for a prettier quilt. If one is using a quilt to wrap up in, both sides are often seen.
    I’ve been following Christa’s blog for a couple of years. I’m so excited to see her book out. She has some great ideas and tips!

    Loris Mills on September 24, 2015
  • I love the look of multi colored quilts, not been brave enough to try my hand at a single color

    —Chris Donaldson on September 24, 2015
  • As I’ve become more "It’s my quilt, I can do whatever I want," I’ve pieced more of the backs. Sometimes with leftover top fabric, sometimes stash pieces.

    —Penny on September 24, 2015
  • I love pieced backs! I especially like using up scraps from the front of a quilt. I have a quilt that I almost like the back as much as the front. Two quilts in one!!!

    —Pam W. on September 24, 2015
  • I do love pieced quilt backs – they do make the quilt back so interesting. But I also like to use mottled single colored backs especially when it’s a novelty quilt with a theme. That way the longarm quilting stands out & continues the theme on the back.

    —Carol Gearey on September 24, 2015
  • I usually use one fabric. I sort of like it to be a surprise when people or myself turn it over. I like pieced backs, but rarely do it.

    —Kimberly P on September 24, 2015
  • I can honestly say that it was never a thought as to a quilt "back" to me. However, lately, I have been thinking of trying to make my quilts "two sided" by using the colors from the front and making a larger design on the back.

    —debra lee on September 24, 2015
  • Unless it’s a small quilt, the back has to be pieced so I’d rather mix it up and add some different fabrics. It’s fun to dig through the stash and find some unlikely bedfellows. My second reason for piecing the back is that I go back and forth about whether wide quilt backs are a time saver or not. They can be so unwieldy. A pieced back has already been tamed into submissive squareness.

    —Karen on September 24, 2015
  • I love learning to quilt and experimenting with varying styles of baling and panels. It’s amazing to see your ideas come together into something beautiful.

    —Amanda M on September 24, 2015
  • I like to piece the backings, I always have fabric that can be used for them. There’s never anything in my stash large enough for a back and I love lots of colors/fabrics together.

    —JoAnne T. on September 24, 2015
  • Hi,
    I like to think of the back of the quilt as another space to be creative, so a mix of fabrics is great and way to do that! I love fabric and quilting is such fun!!!
    Thanks for a chance to win your book,
    Mary

    —Mary Parker on September 24, 2015
  • I do both but love to piece my back. Some quilts I have many, many hours on the back but is so worth it.

    —Madonna Reynolds on September 24, 2015
  • I love pieced backs. They have such character.

    —Donna W on September 24, 2015
  • Used to do one color back then started using up. Now it depends on the quilt

    —Linda on September 24, 2015
  • If I use a single piece backing, I try to make sure the fabric I use both compliments and interests the quilt top itself.

    —Colette DeGroot on September 24, 2015
  • It’s easier to do out of big pieces of fabric but more interesting when a combination of fabric is used. I think it depends on the quilt top and whether you want your quilting to show on the back or not; also whether you might want a reversible quilt.

    —Rochelle on September 24, 2015
  • I use both, one piece of fabric and pieced back. I usually cut my fabric of centre and add my strip, square or what I need there.

    Ioleen on September 24, 2015
  • The back of my quilts look as good as the fronts…sometimes better, as I use scraps left over from the front. I always seem to buy more fabric than I need so I don’t run out…

    —Sheila on September 24, 2015
  • I prefer one solid fabric for the quilt back — by the time I’m done with the top, usually I’m ready to just get down to business, and not wanting to monkey around piecing the back. 🙂

    —Sarah on September 24, 2015
  • I like to make scrappy backs that are made of the same fabrics as the front, making the quilt reversible. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

    —Jacklynn Grimm on September 24, 2015
  • Most definitely a pieced back with leftover fabric. Thanks for a chance to win Christa’s beautiful book.

    Carolyn on September 24, 2015
  • Sometimes it is really fun to have mixed fabrics on the back and a good way to used the leftovers….sometimes not….whatever I feel at the time or how close the deadline is!!!

    —Jeanette on September 24, 2015
  • I like to mix it up and make the quilts reversible when possible. It always makes for a fun quilt to piece the back. Of course, if the backing distracts from the unique pattern on the front, it seems a shame to do it that way. Thanks for the blog. It’s always my favorite to read first.

    Susan Paxton on September 24, 2015
  • I’m used to having a single fabric for the backing but this is an excellent idea for using scraps/leftover fabric!

    —Mary Carlson on September 24, 2015
  • I used to always try to do one fabric for the back, but now find that ‘back art’ is more fun, especially on our quilts of Valor!

    Barbara Winkler on September 24, 2015
  • Pieced backings not only give me an opportunity to use up misc. fat quarters, but also gives an interesting WOW factor to the quilt.

    —Marge P on September 24, 2015
  • pieced quilt backs means you use up leftovers! I even use up pieced blocks that didn’t make the cut for the front! So much more interest to the back!

    —Sandy S. on September 24, 2015
  • I have used both but mostly I use one piece for back.

    —Terri S on September 24, 2015
  • I do both depending on what I have available in fabric

    —Caroline Rohrer on September 24, 2015
  • Fabric in New Zealand is about $20US a metre, so I mix it up with uglies, specials and nice fabrics, so they do end up interesting ❤️

    —Vivienne Franklin on September 24, 2015
  • I like to piece my backing, but sometimes all I want to do is finish the top so I can get on with the next quilt or quilt the one I just finished, so I get lazy and make something really simple. quigleyfran@sbcglobal.net

    —Frances Quigley on September 24, 2015
  • Either one, If I can get enough marked down for the whole back I get that.

    —Helen on September 24, 2015
  • Two sided quilts are my aim… Due to a bad back, I do not quilt on my home machine often, as the weight of even a medium size quilt will pull my back out. Was lucky enough to purchase a mid-arm with a used frame a few years ago so the frame can bear the weight of the quilt and the machine glides with no twisting and turning from my part. This means, I can get really creative with backs. Right now I’m working on a quilt from my guild’s retreat last February. The front is from the block exchange – 3 rail blocks from batiks. We were given cut-outs for two large flowers (iron on applique). My back is a light green batik, perfect for the light peach and butter yellow iron on applique’s. I’ve made a few more, along with a couple of lily pad leaves from batik scraps. I’m going to be quilting from the back – echo the flower appliques.

    —Ruth on September 24, 2015
  • I sometimes make the backs as visually attractive as the front for the option of using both sides.

    —Beth Andrepont on September 24, 2015
  • I haven’t done many pieced backings but I think I’ll start – makes the back as interesting as the front.

    —Carol Vickers on September 24, 2015
  • It depends on the quilt. I love to see different things on quilt backs!! Lots of colors and patterns!!

    —Barbara Thompson on September 24, 2015
  • Love seeing pieced quilt backs. They add so much interest to the quilts.

    —Amy Cofer on September 24, 2015
  • I think it depends on the colors on the front and the design or also just what kind of mood I am in….LOL

    —Tanya on September 24, 2015
  • For my own quilts I like to mix it up on the backing using fabric scraps from fabrics in my stash that coordinate with the front.

    —Laura P in NH on September 24, 2015
  • I very seldom do a single fabric back. It has to be a really special print before I’ll consider that. I often piece leftovers from the front into the backing and lately I’ve often included a single pieced block on the back. Maybe an orphan block or maybe a paper pieced block I’ve tested — something that provides a happy little surprise when you turn the quilt over.

    —Lisa Marie on September 24, 2015
  • Well I’ve only made 2 and one more is in the works. I like using busy one piece fabric on back. My FMQ’ing not so good yet so my work is not noticeable. hahaha Thanks for the giveaway!

    —darlene macdonald on September 24, 2015
  • My quilt backs are nearly always one fabric. Once the quilt top is done, I want any piecing I do to go towards completing another top.

    —Lynn Miller on September 24, 2015
  • I’m usually ready to wrap things up by the time I get around to backing, so I don’t feel inclined to piece the back. I might try it sometime though.

    —Afton Warrick on September 24, 2015
  • I’ve just started doing free motion quilting and my first project was a disaster so any help would help. I would love the book and the fabric so I can practice, practice, practice. Thanks for this contest.

    —Dorothy Ferris on September 24, 2015
  • Usually use one fabric on the back. However, love show & tell at quilt guild when others show pieced backs. Need to try some myself!

    —Vicki on September 24, 2015
  • I love to piece my backs using up all the extra blocks and fabric from the quilt. This way I don’t add to my already large stash.

    —Beth on September 24, 2015
  • I think a mix of fabric is great. Have a great day!

    —Dawn Jones on September 24, 2015
  • I have done both kinds of backing. Pieced means using up the scraps but a single fabric means the quilt gets finished faster, especially when using the wide backings! It really depends on the project and my timeline!

    —Virginia in AK on September 24, 2015
  • I am kind of a newbie to quilting. Oh what a wonderful adventure the last three years have been learning so many new creative sewing skills. I have found that doing the back can be just as fun as the front. Love to incorporate some of the fabric used on the front into the backing in a simple design. But let’s face it, I have been bitten by the quilting bug.
    Happy quilting everyone.

    —karen Hall on September 24, 2015
  • I usually use one piece of fabric. But, I would like to broaden my horizons with some mixing.

    —Cathy Lomnicki on September 24, 2015
  • I love pieced backs but the are a lot harder than all one fabric or two big pieces

    —Patty Flynn on September 24, 2015
  • I am making a quilt for my 3 year old granddaughter. The front of the quilt is made using Oink-a-Doodle-Moo farm material. I will be using a single piece of Oink-a-Doodle-Moo farm scene for the back.

    Terri

    —Terri D'Ambrosio on September 24, 2015
  • I always enjoy it if I have extra fabric, enough to make the back interesting too.
    Do quilt my own projects so this book would be a great addition to my library. Note, I did not say that I quilt them with excellence, so any help would be so enjoyed.

    Donna on September 24, 2015
  • I love pieced quilt backs and I never use a single fabric!!

    —Gill on September 24, 2015
  • Sometimes my preference in whether or not I piece a back will depend on how I plan to quilt it. If I am machine quilting, then I will often piece the backing, using up some of the remaining blocks or fabric used while piecing the front. If I am planning to hand quilt it, I prefer as few seams as possible on the back.
    Christa’s book looks great. thanks for publishing her, and for the chance to win a copy.

    —Nancy N on September 24, 2015
  • How neat>new ways for designing the backs of quilts! Thanks for the giveaway!

    —LINDA on September 24, 2015
  • I usually end up piecing my backs because I don’t have enough of the fabric I really want to use on the back OR I just don’t want a boring back especially if it might be seen somewhat often.

    —Karen L. on September 24, 2015
  • I’ve done both quilt backs but I like pieced backs better. They are more interesting. The last quilt I made had over 80 pieces on the back. I was using up scraps from the front with other matching pieces and got carried away. But I love the way it turned out.

    —Pam on September 24, 2015
  • Sometimes I use a beautiful or fun fabric on the back and don’t want to cut it up. Other times, I like to add a little interest to the quilt back. I have only used 2 or 3 different fabrics on the backs. I would like to get more creative with my backings in the future, incorporating more fabrics, some left over or new blocks, etc.

    —Theresa on September 24, 2015
  • I have always used just a solid backing fabric for my quilts, but I am very anxious to try using various fabrics for my backing. It looks like a lot of fun!

    —Kathy Biciocchi on September 24, 2015
  • I do like using a single fabric pattern for the backs of my quilts. I figure there so much going on in the front, the back should be calm 🙂 Thanks!

    Jocelyn on September 24, 2015
  • I mostly do baby quilts for charity and often can use a single piece of fabric for the backing. At times I’ve pieced the backs but with large pieces of fabric.

    —Kathy on September 24, 2015
  • I’ve actually done two quilts now using scrap pinwheels on the backsides of newly made tops giving me quilts that look great from both sides…two quilts in one! Plus the added bonus of using scrap stash…yeah!

    —Joanne Larson on September 24, 2015
  • I enjoy piecing the backs and incorporating the label along with dip fabrics and/or blocks from the front. Christa’s book looks like a great reference. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

    —Cecilia on September 24, 2015
  • I like a whole cloth backing for my quilts. I select a coordinating fabric.

    —Judy Allen on September 24, 2015
  • I have done both… but it is fun to put something " cool" for the backing. It doubles the love!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

    —KathyCummings on September 24, 2015
  • I like the backing to be all one fabric.

    —peg on September 24, 2015
  • I try to use up fabric from my stash when necessary especially for a wall hanging, if a piece is not large enough I do not hesitate to find a match and add a boarder or place it in the middle.I like making my Table runners reversible so they cover 2 seasons.My larger quilts are usually 1 coordinating fabric.

    —ELIZAJANE on September 24, 2015
  • I love to piece the backing of quilts. What a fun way to have a reversible quilt and to use up part of the fabric stash.

    —LaVerne on September 24, 2015
  • I love multi fabric backs…whether they are made into a design or just random fabrics. I have done both and they fun and different.

    —Cindy on September 24, 2015
  • I am one to add some color and flair to the backing and keep on piecing! It may not be a full-size piecing design, but maybe a row or two or even a corner that is colorful and different. I like to shake things up!

    —Kathy E. on September 24, 2015
  • So far I have only used a single piece of fabric for the backing but I have a quilt top right now that I am planning to piece the backing for.

    —Judy on September 24, 2015
  • I love to make my quilt backs using larger pieces of the front to tie it together and also to make it somewhat reversible.

    —Barbara Dolan on September 24, 2015
  • I prefer a single fabric back, mostly because it’s easier and I can get to the quilting faster. However, sometimes I want to use up the fabrics from the quilt front, or maybe I don’t have a single fabric large enough that "goes with" the quilt top. In those cases, I piece the back. Thanks for having the ebook give away.

    —Sharon on September 24, 2015
  • I like the backing to be all one color.

    —Karen Cohn on September 24, 2015
  • I really like the idea of using multiple fabrics on the back of quilts, especially scrap quilts! I am going to try it on the scrap quilt that I am working on now!

    Barb Johnson on September 24, 2015
  • I like the idea of using some of the leftover fabrics to make the quilt backing.

    —Linda Webster on September 24, 2015
  • My small pieces usually do not have "designer backs" but many of my larger pieces do….I don’t always have wide fabric available that will work with the front. So for many years, the backs were extended with some sort of insert. I haven’t do it yet, but the time has come to think more about designing the back of some of my projects.
    AnnLouise Pugh cronelv@pughlitzer.com

    —AnnLouise Pugh on September 24, 2015
  • I’ve tried a couple of pieced backs and even used up all of the leftover bits on a wall hanging, nothing left for the stash!

    —Susan Allen on September 24, 2015
  • I think the back is best driven by how the front is made. For example, for a more traditional quilt a one-piece back would look better than scrappy. I do like the look of a semi-pieced back and for very large quilts it seems more economical. ktsquiltdreams (at)gmail (dot)com

    —Kath S on September 24, 2015
  • I like both. A pieced back can look great but sometimes a single fabric is perfect.

    Anne D on September 24, 2015
  • I use both but more often a one piece back. Kids quilts are more fun with pieced backs. It is like two quilts in one. Thanks for offering a giveaway.

    —Audrey on September 24, 2015
  • When I first started quilting, 18 years ago, I would buy extra fabric for my backs (and have heaps of leftovers) because all the instructions in the patterns I followed required one fabric, and I never thought outside the box in those days 🙂

    While making a baby quilt I decided, in order to get the extra width I needed, to use the leftover fabric from the front to create a centre panel in the width required to stretch the backing fabric. I think the quilt was 45″ and the fabric was 42″ so I added a panel that was 9″ which gave me the extra 3″ I prefer as overhang.
    It saved me money, had the added bonus of using up a lot of scraps AND gave the back interest.

    I now spend extra time planning how I can add interest to my quilt backs and love the results 😀

    —Kayt Deans on September 24, 2015
  • I agree that it depends on the quilt. I have done both types of backing and a pieced backing needs the right kind of quilt.

    —Karen A on September 24, 2015
  • When the top is a planned fabric group, I like to use the leftovers on the back. If the top is totaly scrappy then I will use whatever pieces I have that I don’t like anymore, or no longer fit into my style, to make the backing.

    —DunlapQuilter on September 24, 2015
  • My quilt backs are usually just one fabric – a solid if I want the quilting to show and a busy print if I want to hide the quilting. However, I would LOVE to try a pieced back with the intention of using the remaining fabrics from the front and any leftover blocks that didn’t get used. The idea of a reversible quilt is quite interesting!

    —Marilyn Rose on September 24, 2015
  • The backing….depends on the quilt top, what is available, and the mood I’m in.

    —Janie on September 24, 2015
  • I like plain backs on quilts. The others that I have seen have been such a mixture of sizes and shapes that seem to have no rhyme or reason to them. I am more traditional. A print back is a stretch for me.

    —Carol on September 24, 2015
  • I like pieced backs because it will always show sooner or later, but I do both. I was hooked on flannel backs for awhile, I didn’t mix those up lol.

    Robin Tuckerman on September 24, 2015
  • I prefer a single fabric back, but I am not opposed to using a pieced back. It depends on the front of the quilt, who it is for, how it will be used, and what fabrics I have already on hand.

    —Linda Taylor on September 24, 2015
  • I love a pieced backing but I have to admit the ease of single-fabric backing frequently wins out with me.

    —GloryBee on September 24, 2015
  • It always looks interesting to combine fabrics for the back when you can.

    —Marlene on September 24, 2015
  • It’s always fun to find a surprise on the back of a quilt.

    —Liz F. on September 24, 2015
  • I usually don’t have enough to do the back!! Sometime I purpose buy but mostly I design patterns from either leftovers with whatever else I have that mixes well with the quilt top. Fortunately I love to piece.

    Heather Hayllar on September 24, 2015
  • I’m not a one way only person. I’ve used multiple fabrics on the backs of some quilts, a center panel of one fabric with sides from another fabric and I’ve also used just one fabric for a backing. The expected use for my creation affects what I choose to do for the backing.
    Right now I’m making a Herringbone quilt top and looking for some heavy flannel for a one-fabric backing. I’ll also be using wool batting because I’m trying to make something really warm and soft.

    —Kathleen Dalecio on September 24, 2015
  • I go for Easy and love the wide backs!

    —Diane on September 24, 2015
  • Usually I use one piece of fabric (pieced or not) for Backings. I have had to add corner blocks and strips to "make up the difference" in the past though. I’m hoping to be bolder with my backing choices as I became a seasoned quilter.

    —Alicia DeRoche on September 24, 2015
  • I like one piece backing to show off the quilting style and design.

    —Sharon Dvorak on September 24, 2015
  • I love to use ,if possible , different fabrics to make an interesting backing on a quilt.

    —Dot on September 24, 2015
  • I’ve pieced together backings before but I really prefer to use a single fabric for the backing. I love how you can turn the quilt over and see what all of the quilting looks like!

    Diana M on September 24, 2015
  • I often piece backing so it won’t be boring. Thank you for all you do for quilting.

    —Carol Kuse on September 24, 2015
  • pieced backs are fun and make a reversible quilt

    elr on September 24, 2015
  • Piecing the back is a great idea and I often have no choice because I do not have enough fabric. It fits the original quilting idea of using what you have to make a beautiful design and let nothing go to waste.

    —Jeanne on September 24, 2015
  • I do both depending on what fabric is in my stash.

    —Caroline Rohrer on September 24, 2015
  • I almost always piece backs for my quilts to make them more interesting.

    —Judy J on September 24, 2015
  • Even though I usually use one piece of fabric for my backing, mixed fabrics for the backing create a more interesting quilt.

    —Bonnie on September 24, 2015
  • I have done both, sometimes large (double wide fabric) and sometimes pieced, it all depends on the quilt and if I have double wide fabric. I try to buy some when I see it on sale. I make scrappy type quilts too and love to have ‘whatever’ on the back. Nowadays that may be considered ‘modern’, but I’ve thought for a long time that it was just a great way to use up leftover pieces. It’s frugal and interesting!

    —Marion on September 24, 2015
  • I like to coordinate my backs with colors of the front. Whether I use a one-piece back or multi pieced depends on the design on the front.

    —Inda Olinger on September 24, 2015
  • Always try to use something from the front to liven up the back. Makes a reversible quilt. Sometimes ends up more interesting on the back!

    —Barbara DeMir on September 24, 2015
  • I admit that my quilt backing are a little boring, but I love solid colors (one piece) so that all the quilting shows better.

    —Renee G on September 24, 2015
  • I love both versions of backing, wide fabric or pieced leftovers.

    Béatrice on September 24, 2015
  • It depends on the quilt- I do like the variety of doing a pieced back for casual/lap quilts but for bed quilts I like to use a one piece of cloth

    carol on September 24, 2015
  • Love this book. The lightning quilt is just gorgeous. Love the back too.

    Debby on September 24, 2015
  • I have used extra blocks and left-over fabrics from the quilt top.

    —Margaret Lawrence on September 24, 2015
  • Pieced backs of quilts are amazingly creative – a work of art like the front of the quilt. I am in awe of artistic quilters. At present I am working on a UFO project and hope to get the quilt sandwich basted together soon. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

    —Sue L on September 24, 2015
  • So far i have just used one piece of fabric for the backing of my quilts but i feel it may be time to take a leap of faith & have a go at a more interesting backing to my next quilt.

    —Suzanne Keal on September 24, 2015
  • I love to create my backs with the scraps from the from. Every quilt is different .it is a great way to save on fabric or not to have to buy extra wide fabric.

    —Debbie Chenoweth on September 24, 2015
  • I love pieced quilt backs!

    —Judy Forkner on September 24, 2015
  • Many longarmers feel that a busy back is best, to hide stops and starts and disguise imperfections. I personally like a pieced back that has some connection to the front design.

    Katie on September 24, 2015
  • I made my first pieced quilt back at the end of school last year when I made a quilt for my grandson’s band teacher who was moving and was also pregnant. I used musical notes in black and white and added a strip of black with different colors of musical notes because I didn’t have enough material of either one. She loved it and so did I!

    —Doreen S on September 24, 2015
  • I go for srappy backings on big quilts. I like to see a little extra on the back.
    On small quilts I don´t need to piece the backing, so I don´t do it.

    —Johanna on September 24, 2015
  • It depends on how ambitious I am. If the base quilt has taken forever and I want to be done then I find a 108 in wonderful fabric and finish it. If I feel energetic I get creative. I really like Minkee for backings and that has lots of style and choices.

    —Chris on September 24, 2015
  • Most of my quilts have fabric leftover from the quilt top. I find the quilt more interesting and more economical. Thank you for a chance to win .

    —Sheila Ivany on September 25, 2015
  • I really like the back to have a lot of detail and different fabrics, but recently have been working on some charity quilts with one fabric backings and they are finishing up pretty nicely too. So either way is good. Thanks for the chance!

    —June on September 25, 2015
  • I have used both solids and a mixture of fabrics for my quilts. It depends on the fabrics I have available x

    —Claire Ross on September 25, 2015
  • I love mixing up the backing. I have found that it is really cute to use the rest of the fabric for the backing. That way I can destash at the same time. I love my mixed backings!!

    —Nancy on September 25, 2015
  • I like pieced backs– more interesting and I can use up odds and ends. win/win

    —Michele on September 25, 2015
  • I like a pieced backing for many quilts. It allows creativity to come forth on both sides.

    —Mary Standard on September 25, 2015
  • I usually don’t piece my backs because I am just ready to get fiished but I think I’m going to start. It would be a great way to use up stash!

    —Judy Zoll on September 25, 2015
  • I like to do both- it sure can use up lots of leftover fabrics if you do a pieced back.

    —Christine Puniello on September 25, 2015
  • I have not really made a pieced back, but i would really like try it sometime, I always wondered what it would be like to make a reversible quilt.

    Karey Hardesty on September 25, 2015
  • I usually use full size backings without piecing, but i have started taking scraps and piecing them together so I can use it as backing material.

    Deb Berkebile on September 25, 2015
  • I like to make 2 sided quilts, so both sides are interesting, and sometimes reversible. It can get interesting to come up with a FMQ design that will work for both sides. A lot of times, I will take a clue from the Modern quilt styles and do a simple back with bold color blocks of the same main front fabrics.

    —Cindy on September 25, 2015
  • I like pieced backings as a great way to use up leftovers from your quilt. And yes, yhey are not so boring.

    —Sandy Rodgers on September 25, 2015
  • I like to repeat some kind of design element into the backs of my quilts for interest and a kind of ‘value added-ness’ to the piece.

    —Trudi Griffin on September 25, 2015
  • It is always interesting to see what quilters come up with. I have seen some pieced backings that deserve to be quilt tops!

    —B J Kinney on September 25, 2015
  • I prefer to make the quilt backing as interesting as the top.

    —Jacque Dunn on September 25, 2015
  • I have always pieced the back of my larger quilts… I never have a large enough piece to use, plus I like using all of the left over pieces from the front. I gave one baby quilt to a family and noticed, in the photo they sent me, that they are using the back for the front! I like the fact they got to choose, LOL

    —cj on September 25, 2015
  • I like to use just one fabric for the back, usually one of the prints from the front.

    —Mary on September 25, 2015
  • I usually do a solid fabric on the back. Usually 108″ wide so I don’t have to piece it

    —Peggy Carstens on September 25, 2015
  • Making a fun and interesting back is such a great way to us up scraps and ad interest to the back.

    —Carol on September 25, 2015
  • I Love pieced backs. I like to use bits and pieces of the quilt top fabrics. It gets rid of the small leftovers and brings some co-ordination from the front onto the back. I especially like just a strip of piecing across the back. It doesn’t detract from all the work on the front, but makes it feel more like it belongs, than just one piece of fabric.

    —Doris Melady on September 25, 2015
  • I like the idea of mixing up fabrics for the back of the quilt. I have usually used one fabric for the back, but I am going to change that and make a pieced backing. The front and back will both look more appealing.

    —Cindy Schultz on September 25, 2015
  • I really like a pieced back

    —Marian Allen on September 25, 2015
  • It depends on the quilt. I have done solid backing. I did a simple pieced pattern of 4 big blocks with sashing in between on front and back using different colors that all coordinate. One I am working on now is being done in the quilt as you go technique using 5 different backing fabrics to give it a patchwork look.

    —Lori S on September 25, 2015
  • Mine are usually made from one piece of fabric but every once in a while I will piece an interesting "racing strip" to join two lengths together.

    —Cassy L. on September 25, 2015
  • Mixing it up appeals to me and great for stashbusting.

    —Tamara on September 25, 2015
  • Always looking for new to me ways to do with my quilts. Price of fabric now need all the ideas I can et.

    —Shirley on September 25, 2015
  • I think it goes back to the quilting roots – use what you have and if it means piecing your back, go for it. I also use leftovers on the back of my quilts, too. Maybe you had extra blocks left or you made a border or section of the quilt that did not work out well – just incorporate it on to the back!

    —Shar on September 25, 2015
  • love to use leftover fabrics from the front for the back.

    —Elizabeth Teerlink on September 25, 2015
  • I definitely love a pieced back. It’s a great way to use up leftover fabrics from the quilt. If I think I will run short, I like to buy a pretty panel that coordinated with the front. So much more interesting than a one-fabric back!

    —Kathy Renz on September 25, 2015
  • I’ve been piecing my backs forever. Glad to see the quilt community finally coming along! It’s always interesting.

    —Patricia Hersl on September 25, 2015
  • No boring backs for me! If I use a panel with extra blocks/designs, these go on the back. Or I have a center stripe down the back with some pieced blocks on the side. I think the back should be of interest also

    —Nancy Maghee on September 25, 2015
  • When I am lazy, it is a one fabric back. But when I am crazy it is all the left overs from the front, in a impromptu fashion. The back should be as stupendous as the front. I say mix it up! Then dance, the quilt is almost done!

    —Linda on September 25, 2015
  • I’ve never tried a pieced back – but I will now.

    —EJ on September 25, 2015
  • It depends on the quilt. I have done both. Mixing it up ca be fun but does require more work.

    —Sue M on September 25, 2015
  • I always try to use any leftover quilt top scraps for the backing .. Mix it up .. It looks so nice draped on a chair & seeing two quilts …

    —Mary on September 25, 2015
  • I usually make a quilt back from a large piece of material, cut in half and use a splash of color pieces from the front to add a space to the back. Sometimes it is centered and sometimes it is on one side. It depends on my mood and how it looks on the quilt. Sometimes it depends on what I have in my stash. I love Christa’s designs and learned to free motion quilt from a sew-a-long with her. I am no longer afraid to FMQ.

    —CindyM in Oregon on September 25, 2015
  • I love to make scrappy quilts and it follows to make a scrappy back. With a planned pattern, I usually try to compliment the top with a coordinating (or nearly so) back.

    —Darla on September 25, 2015
  • Unless I’m really inspired by something interesting, I guess I’m too lazy to patch the backing too. I like a stripe of a different fabric or a strip of patches — but mostly a whole piece of fabric makes me happy.

    —Janet Spaid on September 25, 2015
  • I make my backs from one fabric, although I usually have to piece that fabric to make it wide enough. I learned the hard way that I should use backing fabric that has some print on it (instead of a solid color fabric). That way my mistakes in quilting don’t show up quite as easily!

    —Bonnie Favorite on September 25, 2015
  • Absolutely no boring backs! I always have fabric left from the front of the quilt, in case I cut wrong. So might as well use it up. I tend to use a brick pattern with 5×7 inch block vertically or horizontally.

    —Jennie on September 25, 2015
  • I have used both methods depending on the quilt. I have found that if I’m wanting to use one main fabric as backing, but was short on it, I will split the backing fabric lengthwise into 3 odd widths and add in a couple pleasing strips. Then, I split that whole piece into 3 odd widths from side to side and insert matching strips. Gives me enough fabric and changes from plain to great looking quilt back.

    —Linda on September 25, 2015
  • Depending on the quilt, I will use one fabric if I have enough, but I always love it when the back has several fabrics. Using more fabrics on the back adds variety and just makes it more fun.

    —Brooke on September 25, 2015
  • I mostly use 1 fabric for backing. But, I am trying to "branch out", "go out of my comfort zone" by making the backs more creative.

    —Lillian K on September 25, 2015
  • I love pieced backs because they are a whole other part of the puzzle that is quilting.

    —Lizzie on September 25, 2015
  • I like making pieced backs. I keep a drawer of medium sized scraps to pick from.

    —Susan on September 25, 2015
  • I try to choose a nice fabric for showing quilting on the back too

    —Quilty on September 25, 2015
  • I love making use of all my fabrics in pieced backs. My way of recycling!

    —Sue Sharp on September 25, 2015
  • I’ve only used a single fabric for my backs. Now I think I’ve been too boring!

    —Carol on September 25, 2015
  • I love the mixed up quilt backs!

    —Bridget on September 25, 2015
  • Sometimes I use one fabric on the quilt back and sometimes I mix it up, I just do what inspires me!

    —Yvonne J on September 25, 2015
  • It depends on who I’m giving the quilt to, for a ‘mature aged’ person they tend to like the more traditional backing so I’ll to a really nice free motion design to ‘liven’ it up. For someone else I will make the backing win different colours, it makes the quilt reversible =)

    —Janet G on September 25, 2015
  • Sometimes I like a single fabric back because interesting quilting makes the back look like a whole cloth quilt. Sometimes I piece the back with leftover fabric from the front.

    —Mary Ann on September 25, 2015
  • It depends on the quilt, but I mostly like interesting pieced backs. I especially like to incorporate extra blocks from the front on the backs.

    —Cegnfred on September 25, 2015
  • Try to make it all the same

    —barbara woods on September 25, 2015
  • Single fabric

    —Debbie Pete on September 25, 2015
  • I like one fabric but patterned for mu quilts. Julianne

    —Julianne Mason on September 25, 2015
  • No boring quilt backs for this gal

    —Allison C on September 25, 2015
  • Most of the few quilts I’ve made have had a single fabric backing, but I plan to use a mix of fabrics on several of the next ones. I do like the look and they’re definitely not boring!

    —Chris Peterson on September 25, 2015
  • I am starting to piece the backs. I like using large leftover pieces from the quilt.

    —Penny R on September 25, 2015
  • I love mixing up fabrics for backing a quilt.

    —tac on September 25, 2015
  • Have yet to make a quilt but plan to try the mixed back.

    —Nancy Hilderbrand on September 26, 2015
  • No boring quilt backs for me! I like to use leftover blocks and yardage to make a back that goes with the front but isn’t quite as flashy.

    —Linda Collum on September 26, 2015
  • Usually one fabric backs but sometimes I incorporate leftover blocks or even strips of fabric from the top in the back.

    —Rivka Hamdani on September 26, 2015
  • I usually make pieced back with leftover fabric from the quilt top. Thanks!

    —Diane on September 26, 2015
  • I try to use whatever I have available.

    —Annette on September 26, 2015
  • I sometimes choose one fabric for the back and sometimes two or more but usually sew something in between the fabric such as row of leftover blocks to try to tie it together. The back has be make visual sense and be pleasing too at least to me.

    —Karen Thurn on September 26, 2015
  • I love creative quilt backs….it makes for a reversible quilt!

    —Melanie C on September 26, 2015
  • I always make a pieced back because it usually means less fabric has to be bought.

    —Jen B on September 26, 2015
  • Sometimes I make a creative pieced back that is completely different from the front, but if I am in a hurry, I use what ever I can get to work for the size/colors I need.

    —Amanda Best on September 26, 2015
  • I have only ever used one color for my backing, however would want to try a variation as l have seen some quilts made with very beautiful creative backings that are just stunning.

    —Anne on September 26, 2015
  • I generally use only one fabric, but if the one I want to use from my stash isnt big enough, I supplement it with whatever it takes. Sometimes that means borders on the back, sometimes it’s a stripe down the middle, or sashed pieces. Once I appliqued the leftovers from the front.

    —Madeline on September 26, 2015
  • So far I’ve only done solid quilt backs, but some of the designs I’ve been seeing have me wanting to try them.

    —Susan Clarkson on September 26, 2015
  • I’ve done pieced backs and single fabric backs. I like the single fabric backs because they are less work. 🙂

    —patty d on September 26, 2015
  • Totally depends on the quilt. Some quilts I do whole cloth, some I do pieced. I love both ways.

    Jasmine @ Quilt Kisses on September 26, 2015
  • I almost always use one fabric on the back, but I am open to piecing the back to use up fabrics and to make the back more interesting. Thanks for the great ideas!

    —Becky G on September 26, 2015
  • I alway piece my backs. That way I can use all the fabric I bought for the quilt. Makes and interesting back, almost like another quilt.

    —Karen Harrison on September 26, 2015
  • I often like to make double-sided quilts. I think it’s two for the price of one. However, if I’m in a hurry, I use a single fabric style.

    —BroAJK on September 26, 2015
  • I usually try to use a single cut of fabric but lately I have been mixing fabrics sew I can use up pieces from my stash. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Renea on September 26, 2015
  • I don’t usually plan a pieced back in advance. It tends to be more spontaneous; may not like the piecing of the back fabric or there are some really good pieces left over from the front.

    —Pearl on September 26, 2015
  • I usually do whole pieces, but will try pieced backs now!

    —Bea K on September 27, 2015
  • I love making pieced quilt backs.

    —jane d on September 27, 2015
  • I usually use one fabric for the backing but have also done strippy backings that make the quilt reversible. I have also used a large bold print on the backing and then framed it with other fabrics to make it large enough. I made one backing out of 12″ squares of different colored minky fabric but the fuzz created made me not want to repeat that one again!

    —Linda on September 27, 2015
  • Hi there,
    I used to make quilt backs with only one print or solid, but I have now embraced making "funky" and interesting backings….I will usually try to use up all of the leftovers from the front and mix them with a large piece of contrasting print!
    Thanks!
    Quilty Huggs,
    Jacqueline

    Jacqueline VH on September 27, 2015
  • I like creative backs, but it does take some time to plan it out and make it…and sometimes a wide back is easier.

    —Rosalie on September 27, 2015
  • I tried using a patched backing, but it was difficult to get the back o line up with the top so quilting design looked in-ine on back and front so I use one fabric.

    —chris zofkie on September 27, 2015
  • I have only used one fabric backs for my quilts but I think a mix is sometimes called for.

    —Tamie on September 27, 2015
  • Not having completed many quilts so far, I have stuck to a plain back until now, but am sure I could be persuaded to try a pieced version; especially with this fab book to inspire me!

    —Suzanne on September 28, 2015
  • I love a splash of color in a stripe on backings!

    —Mary on September 28, 2015
  • Only whole quilt backs for me! To me a scrappy back looks like you don’t care about how the back looks. After all the planning and work I put in making the quilt as perfect and beautiful as I can, just throwing some mismatched, random fabric together for the back is an insult to the front. It’s like I am in a hurry just to have it done. No, I put the same care into choosing a backing that coordinates with and compliments the front.

    —Cindy on September 28, 2015
  • It never occurred to me to use anything other than a whole quilt back. Why go to all the trouble of piecing the back when no one is going to see it anyway? It also seems as though the extra seams would make it more difficult for hand quilting.

    —Jodie on September 28, 2015
  • I like mixing up the backs of my quilts though I will not make the backs with too many different fabrics. To me some part of my quilts need to have some calm.

    —Mary D on September 28, 2015
  • I think I prefer the color block backs I’m seeing on quilts these days. I’m excited to try some machine quilting on my next project.

    —Sherry Jurykovsky on September 28, 2015
  • I have a large stash of fabric so most of my quilts have backs with pieced fabrics. I rarely have enough of one fabric for an entire quilt back, unless, of course, if it is just a wall hanging or baby quilt. I think a pieced backing is an adventure, like the front, and people do look at it. Sometimes people say " you can turn it over and use the back of the quilt, too" It takes extra work, but it is worth it to me.

    —Elizabeth Larson on September 29, 2015
  • I like the one piece backings, I like the flatness to give me more even foundations for my quilting and it’s easier to square. Old fashioned I thin, Kathy in Colo

    —kathy pfaltzgraff on September 29, 2015
  • Mixing up fabrics on the back of the quilt makes me feel as though I have 2 quilts in 1.

    —Sherry on September 29, 2015
  • I usually use one fabric, or perhaps a small amount of a second. The one time I used a lot of fabrics on a back, there were so many seams that it added to the weight of the quilt, which was queen-sized to begin with, and it got pretty heavy.

    —Glenna Denman on September 29, 2015
  • I think it’s great to repeat a motif or use up leftover fabric for quilt backs. makes it more interesting.

    —Tina Jeo on September 30, 2015
  • I think a bright colorful mix would be great!

    Deb on September 30, 2015
  • I like the idea of using different fabrics for quilt backs. Makes the quilt more interesting.

    —Nicole Sender on September 30, 2015
  • If I do make a back with one piece it has to be patterned but most often I piece together different fabrics of coordinating colors and I add a whimsical applique piece.

    —Annette J. on October 1, 2015
  • I usually do one fabric for the back, but tend to choose patterns versus solids.

    —Karen N on October 1, 2015

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