It all started when I didn't have quite enough fabric left to make a backing for my quilt. It was an ivory tone-on-tone and I didn't want to buy more, so I put a wide strip of gold right across the middle of the backing and called it "done!" Not real clever, but I kind of liked it.
The next few times I just wanted to use up scraps and not spend a lot of money on fabric for backings. Hmmm, a little more interesting this time.
Okay, now it's getting intriguing! It's starting to look like a reversible quilt. This time I played a little more with arranging the scraps.
I just finished piecing two backings for quilts I want to complete at Retreat in a few weeks. I had fun with these.
The blue backing was another one where I just wanted to get rid of scraps. You know...fat quarters I don't really like, fabrics people gave to me after they found a sack of material in their attic or basement and thought I could use it, pieces I picked up off the swap table at quilty get togethers even though I didn't need them....that kind of thing.
I'm really liking the pink backing. I decided to use up some pretty small scraps on this one, and I've been wanting to try my hand at some Crumb Quilts. It was fun.
Here's a close-up of the crumb part:
One negative to piecing a backing is that it takes a long time, usually an entire day. So I don't do it a lot, but it is a fun way to use up scraps, make your quilt a little more original, and feel like you're being creative.
And speaking of being creative, one day soon I'll show you the fronts of these quilts!
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