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Thread: Scrappy Backing

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    Junior Member The Bag Lady's Avatar
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    I have made a wallhanging and when I took it to the quilt shop to get fabric for the border the lady said why do't you make a scrappy backing. I was wondering if any of you have ever done this. Do you have to use the same fabric s as in the quilt and what size squares do you make etc.

    I am definitely going to make a scrappy binding after it is quilted and I am going to use the fabrics that are in the wallhanging. So, I may not have enough of the same fabrics for both the backing and the binding. Any suggestions.

    Thanks in advance.

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    When I did this I measured the back, divided into squares and used any scraps that could be cut to that size. It's like having a 2nd quilt on the back. I love the look of a scrap quilt so I never worry out them matching. Have fun.

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    I've made many scrappy quilt backings. One large quilt backing was made of 10" squares of different fabrics, you could use your scraps with a neutral for backing, but you could use anything you like, no rule that the backing needs to match the front. May in Jersey

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    They call is back art at my quilting guild and anything goes :)

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    I've done a couple of scrappy backings. One I measured and actually had a block in the middle of the backing, the other was just random size rectangles of fabrics that coordinated with the front. But in both cases, I already had at least a yard of the main backing fabric.

    I've seen some, though, where the pieces were smaller, pieced randomly in a sort of "crumb" style, although the pieces weren't THAT small (because that would be craziness).

    My mom's first quilt was actually two quilt tops, one on the front, one on the back.
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    All my quilts except one have had scrappy or pieced backs for the past two years. It uses up old blocks, pieces of fabric that otherwise wouldn't get used (UGLY) and is a great way to use up the scraps from the quilt you just made. And it is FUN!

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    I may be missing something, but why bother with nice fabrics or piecing on the back of a wall hanging? I just use plain white or natural fabric, something that I can buy cheaply.

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    I think it's personal preference. If I'm making a quilt for display I usually use a whole piece of coordinating cloth for backing. If I'm making a quilt to be used I go right ahead and scrap piece it all together.

    As far as what to choose for a scrappy backing, there are no rules. Sometimes I find what bigger chunks I have in my stash and piece them together in a way that pleases me. I have been known to buy a yard of flannel for a backing and then cotton borders of different fabrics until the piece fits the top of my quilt. I read years ago on Bonnie Hunter's website (from Quiltville.com) that she cuts fabric into 6" squares and keeps it on hand to piece into backings. A lady in my quilt guild actually goes all out and pieces as intricate backings as she does tops.

    Another idea could be to use your leftover blocks from your top, or orphan blocks you have around the house pieced with fabric scraps for a backing.

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    But why for a wallhanging, where you will never see the back? Bed quilts, fair enough (though I'm not sure it's worth making the back intricate, a co-ordinating colour is my preference too), and sofa or baby quilts, definitely make the backing interesting.

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    If I'm making it for myself for a wall hanging, I usually use muslin for the backing and just write my label on it. As you say, no one will see it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lobster
    But why for a wallhanging, where you will never see the back? Bed quilts, fair enough (though I'm not sure it's worth making the back intricate, a co-ordinating colour is my preference too), and sofa or baby quilts, definitely make the backing interesting.

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