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    Need Quilt Back Ideas

    Hi fellow quilters! I am new here and have just introduced my self on the "new kid" thread. I've been straining my brain for awhile on this problem, and thought I would throw it out here to glean from all of your combined experiences!

    I am making a king size Amish style quilt. Finished size will be around 110" x 110". The top is complete using typical Amish colors: lots of black, and teals, greys, blues, greens, etc making stars. I only have enough black for about 50% of the back, so intend on using the left over colors to piece together something for the back. I don't intend to do another detailed Amish pattern on the back, I was thinking more along a the lines of something very simple, modern looking so It could be reversible to another style. Because of the king size (and planning on taking to a long arm quilter to quilt) I think I will have to use three widths of fabric to cover it all. But before I just start randomly cutting and piecing together blocks of black and color, I was wondering if anyone had an idea on how to approach this. I'm worried about making a big mess that doesn't look very good.

    Anyone have some ideas on how to approach this? Thanks in advance for your help!
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    You could use black for the top and bottom portions of the backing, and use strips of the colored fabrics for the middle portion. That would be simple and clean-looking.

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    Try entering "modern quilts" on Google Images - there are some really beautiful ones that would go nicely with your Amish-style front. Flickr also has a gazillion images under Modern Quilts. Do post a photo - we'd love to see what you've done.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Take the free "Creative Quilt Backs" class at craftsy:
    http://www.craftsy.com/class/creative-quilt-backs/117
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Take the free "Creative Quilt Backs" class at craftsy:
    http://www.craftsy.com/class/creative-quilt-backs/117
    Thank you for posting that link!!
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    My first thought was a braided back. That would be up to you but I think it would be beautiful.

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    one thing to keep in mind, seen here so many times, is that the LAQ may not be able to keep your backing centered. another thought is that another layer of bulky seams may cause problems with needle/thread breaking. you might want to check with your LAQ on these thoughts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    one thing to keep in mind, seen here so many times, is that the LAQ may not be able to keep your backing centered. another thought is that another layer of bulky seams may cause problems with needle/thread breaking. you might want to check with your LAQ on these thoughts.
    Excellent idea!

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    How about doing a quilt like Stackable 1 for the back. Amish on front and modern on the back.

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    I just made a back for a large quilt and used large rectangles in a brick pattern. By large, I mean almost 1/2 yd each rectangle. I cut them all down to 16-1/2 x 32-1/2. You could do similar between the pieces of black. This pic is a sample of how it looked as I laid out the colors. I don't have a finished one to show you yet (it's on the way back from being quilted by Charisma). You can see it on her blog. I love how it finished up.

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    I like stacked coins - columns of strips of fabric alternating with the black. With that size quilt, you could use wider scraps like 8 or 8 1/2". The columns go together very fast which is nice after finishing a top. On the last one, I varied the strips - some were 2 1/2" and some more like 3 1/2" - whatever my scraps let me cut.

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    Thanks for all the great ideas!! I did google modern quilt images and a lot more ideas came up there, too. I'm definitely am going to stick to big pieces, as I am so ready for this project to be over! The problem will be which idea to commit to.... I'll post photos when I'm done.
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    Maryquilts has a off center 4 patch backing tutorial on her blog. Its my fav if I don't have matching fabric or not enough. Its a free pattern. www.maryquilts.com Look on the left column. Its listed as 'backing off center 4 patch"
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    Definitely check with long armer to see if they will quilt with a pieced back first. If not I would look into the wide backs and see if you can order some fabric. Some LA will let you use a king size flat sheet on the back.

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    ohfransson.com has great quilt back ideas. I've stolen a lot of them!

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    Just when you think you're done you have to think about how to do the back - a quilter's job is never done!

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    This is the back to a quilt I made at Christmas. I used squares and randomly sewed some into triangles. My LA quilter has no problems with pieced backings. Sorry about the shadow. Name:  IMG_2888.jpg
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    Please contact your longarm quilter first. Some don't like pieced backs. If the seams from front and back match it is very difficult to go over, needles break etc. this causes too many problems and some will not do them.
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    Thank you all for the input! My LAQ has done pieced backs before, so that's not an issue. Tesspug, your back is beautiful! I really liked the Maryquilts off center 4 patch. I may do a variation of that. So many ideas!
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    Look for posts by JaninVA. She has posted some neat and easy diagrams for piecinq quilt backs. My favorite go-to book is Over Easy by Lerlene Nevaril. There are some great design ideas for the backs, and I have often come up with ideas of my own after checking the book.

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    Very frequently, I piece the backs of my quilts because I am truly insistent upon using only from my stash. Here is the address to my facebook pictures of my quilts if you want to see:

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...2702514&type=3
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Take the free "Creative Quilt Backs" class at craftsy:
    http://www.craftsy.com/class/creative-quilt-backs/117
    I was going to recommend this too!!!

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    I like to use up what was used for the front. Then add too as needed.

    I lay the front down and start putting pieces on top until its big enough. Then start sewing together, adding a strip of squares/triangle/single piece to make them fit. Can use up scraps this way also. Sometimes the back is as pretty as the top because I was more creative.

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    I was thinking that if you could find a print with your colors in it, you could place that strip down the middle and use that fabric as the binding. That would tie it all together and maybe be an interesting effect.
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    Suggestion: a square in a square. Or, my first thought was large stripes using up the black, but if not enough lengths, join with an angle creating a pattern. Consider this an opportunity to express your own style.

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