How to piece a large quilt back with scraps or fat quarters (+ fabric giveaway!)

Honeycomb quiltWhen it comes to big quilts, we give Stashtastic! author Doug Leko big props: he’s the king of ’em! He’s also well versed in the art of finishing big quilts. And what’s step one for finishing big quilts? Making a quilt back big enough to fit the quilt front!

Doug included downloadable patterns for pieced quilt backs in his book, Stashtastic! But today, those patterns are now an exclusive download for our Stitch This! peeps—that means YOU! We love Doug’s approach to using both quilt-top leftovers and fat quarters in his backings—both easy and economical. And pretty too.

To use scraps, Doug says, “Trim all of your leftover pieces to a common size; normally I have enough fabric to cut 3½"-wide strips. Sometimes I can only cut 2½"-wide strips and other times I can cut 6½"-wide strips.”

How to piece a large quilt back
Doug’s scrappy quilt backing, pieced with short strips left over from his quilt top

For fat quarters, Doug says, “I love using leftover fat quarters to make another ‘quilt’ for the backing. That way, you get a two-sided quilt. When selecting fat quarters for the backing, I like to use the leftover fat quarters from a bundle. Often there are miscellaneous ones that I know I’ll never use in another quilt but that would make a great backing.”

How to piece a large quilt back
Doug’s fat-quarter quilt backing, made with leftovers from a bundle

Download Doug’s “How to piece
a large quilt back” instructions here

Now that you’ve got a big-quilt backing plan, you can make beautiful quilt-top fronts with Doug too! Check out the quilts from Stashtastic! that you can make—each presented in two colorways:

Quilts from Stashtastic!

We’ve got a BIG giveaway today! (Are you sensing a theme here?)

One lucky winner will win this BIG fat-quarter bundle—Return to Cub Lake by Holly Taylor in cozy flannels—from our friends at Moda Fabrics, PLUS a copy of Stashtastic! Share your answer to the following question in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered into our drawing:

How many BIG quilts have you completed on your quilting adventures so far?

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re itching to make a big quilt with Doug right now, you can order Stashtastic! at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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

“I would say I  have completed between 10 and 20 quilts full size or larger over the years.  I like to have at least one (or two!) quilts on my bed to sleep under at night.  I have a quilting machine now, which helps me be able to complete quilts faster and cheaper than quilting by check!  I have often pieced backings for my quilts.  It is time consuming but I always love the results–so much more interesting than a one-fabric back.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Gina—congratulations!


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