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    Sometimes I make a hanging tube out of the leftover fabrics, then there is fabric for repairs.

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    People in my guild piece backs all the time, often a stripe of something coordinating.

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    I didn't have enough money to purchase backing for a scrappy quilt for my granddaughters wedding. I had plenty of the many different materials I used on the front so I cut 12" squares and made a scrappy backing that was 110" x 120". They were thrilled with it because they thought it was reversible.

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    My color layout is not as good as I would like it to be and it took longer to do it, but it worked out for the pocket book. In my opinion, you can do anything on the back that works well for you.

    Bearpawquilter said:
    The modern Quilters are doing it all the time now and it looks great. Or piece the rest out of fabrics you have left from the front. Use leftover blocks. Make a stacked coins strip from leftovers.
    Last edited by twinkie; 12-07-2012 at 04:08 AM.

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    I do pieced backs a lot. This one, I used fabric from the border to piece the back. This particular one is centered but I've also done them off-center. You just need to make it look deliberate.
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    Two things.
    1. Call JoAnns customer service (make sure you have the sku # of your fabric, They can do a nationwide search for your fabric. They'll give you the phone # of the stores (if they have any) and you can call them and check to see if it's in stock. If not, try #2.
    2. Here is the link to John Flynn's diagonal pieced backing. http://www.flynnquilt.com/workshop/FreeLessons/ Scroll down to Diagonal Pieced backing and print the instructions. Do the math and see if it will work for you. I haven't tried it yet, but am going to try it tomorrow for a charity comfort wrap.
    Good luck. That said, been there, done that. More than once, I'm afraid.

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    Give us a picture someone on here might have it.

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    Pieced backs are fun and add interest! Go for it.

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    I collect all of my leftovers from the front of my quilt and make some sort of design for my quilt back. Then I add something that coordinates with it until it is large enough. I also have made a giant version of one of the blocks on the front and put it in the middle and add borders until it is big enough.

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    No use whatever you like i do it all the time

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    I happened to walk in to a quilt shop in Pendleton, OR a few years ago and a gal was having this same problem. So she asked me what I thought of her backing. It was beautiful! She put together another quilt square like on the front and worked some solids around it and then appliqued an iris on the back. Looked beautiful and also like it was meant to be.

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    Yes, you can peice the backing! I do it all the time!

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    pieced backs are so much fun.
    enjoy your life...it's the only one you have!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sletinski View Post
    I bought what I thought was enough material for the backing of a quilt I am making. It is a quilters flannel from Joann's. I called around but the store does not have any more of this fabric and they do not even have any left at the warehouse so I cannot even order it. Any suggestions? I do not want to buy all new material for the backing because it is queen size and it would be to expensive. I am about 1 1/2 yards short. Would it look bad to use 2 different fabrics for the back?

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    I do it all the time. Cut your material into 3's. Find a color that will look good with what you have and put it in the middle. I never do the same fabric on my backing. It will work.

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    So much great information ladies, I am soaking it up like a dry sponge and learning to much. Thank you all so much.

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    I mostly use up the leftovers from the front to make a scrappy back. Works great and it's even fun sometimes to flip it over and just see big 'chunks' of fabric. I don't try to make a special pattern out of it either just use what I got for the best coverage.

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    this is what I would do as do many others..



    Quote Originally Posted by LoisM View Post
    People use multiple colors on the backs of quilts all the time. You could cut your flannel in half...spread it apart and insert a coordinating piece in the middle or you could cut it in multiple places and use your coordinating pieces that way. I know others on the board will come up with examples for you.

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    You can use lots of fabrics on the back or even make it reversible.

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    Whenever we come up short it is a "design opportunity"! Do you have any extra blocks from the front of the quilt? Often quilters will incorporate the "left overs" into the backing. Also, piece a coordinating fabric right down the middle of the backing, everyone will talk about how clever you are and nobody will know you goofed on the backing...afterall, it was a design opportunity. Some of my mistakes and led to some of my best designs! That is what makes is so much fun, to me, anyway.
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    i do it alllll the time! My measuring tape is broken- can't take an accurate measurement to save it's life! I have rulers that do the same thing- terrible I tell you LOL! If I knew how to post photos I could show you last weeks quilt in fact ALL my backs are pieced (bad tape mearsure bad tape measure!).
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    Quilter's piece their backs all the time. Think outside the box on this one. Maybe you can cut the fabric and put several other pieces in it, vertically or horizontally. It will be beautiful!

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    Oh boy do I know how you feel Sletinski!? The same thing happened to me. I made a polka dot basket quilt with a white on white polka dot background. Just as I was starting this project all the fabric manufacturers of the world decided to stop making white on white dots. I do not have enough for the back! I have a bit of the border I am going to piece in and pray to the quilting gods that it is enough to make a back!

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    Had the same thing happen to me on my first bed quilt. I had two pieces of fabric in same open plaid, but different color. Used the cream background on lower part of quilt and the burgundy background on top edge, about the width of pillow and looks like I meant to do that. I piece backs all the time now. Easy, peasy and looks just fine.

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    I always put left overs from the front on the back. Most of my quilts are on the couch or chair and you see the back. I think of the back as another front.

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    If you still want the material, you could try www.missingfabrics.com.

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