When I make a quilt front..I just make it until I like what I see...meaning not always makeing it a specific size but just build from center out or top to bottom until it is the size I want. Making blocks different sizes is usually how it starts.
Anyway...I finish the front and then go for the back fabric...and just regular fabric (42-44" wide) is not wide enough. It is usually at least 6 inches on each side to short. Top to bottom is usually okay... My goal is a twin size quilt.
So the only way I have figured to make the back equal to the front...is to get a matching color fabric, solid or print. and add a 6" border to each side. Well, that done...it now looks silly to have the border on the sides, and not the top and bottom...so I add there as well. Now it all fits or possibly the back larger than the front but I can cut that back. But..to me..this just looks like exactly what it is...a quilt made to small and the border added to make it bigger. It just screams "MISTAKE" to me to have the back "framed" like this. Currently I have a fabric with horses running in a field...beautiful, and of course to small so if intend to add green "borders" to match the green grass on the print. I have an eagle's flying in the sky fabric..same thing..back to small so I add matching blue and "frame" the eagles fabric with it.
I guess it looks okay if it is given to someone that doesn't quilt, but to me...it looks like I was fixing a mistake.
I know I should do more with measurements and all, but I am not that good at it and by the time I have done the math..the blocks don't end up matching that anyway which is why I just make the blocks, then sash it and then deal with the back.
Does anyone have any other ideas about how to make the back fabric larger? I have only seen where they cut the back in 1/4ths and do a sashing inbetween the four pieces to make it larger, but I dont like that much..I prefer a back with no seams. Thanks for any suggestions