I love pieced backings but don’t have the time to spend doing them for the most part but in order to use my stash I try to piece some simple ones.
My favorite and most used is my Off Center 4 patch – which takes two coordinating fabrics but sometimes I can’t make that work with the fabric I have so another favorite is a strippie backing which I used yesterday to piece a backing for one of my tops.
In this case, I had (2) two yard pieces of backing but needed extra length so I added a stripe
- The center panel is 2 yards by width of fabric
- The end pieces are a 2 yard by width of fabric piece cut in half
- The stripes are cut 4.5 inches and pieced to fit the 72 inch width of the backing
This gives me a backing that is about 88 inches long.
Another recent one I used was a log cabin or framed backing – just be sure to keep your borders seams away from the edges of the quilt. I used a floral for my center and a couple different greens for framing and it looked great. Depending on how much fabric you had, you could use 4 different ones for framing. I don’t have a photo but this EQ drawing will give you the idea.
I used a one yard piece for the center (about 32 x 40 inches) and subtracted that from the width and length I needed to determine how wide to cut my framing strips. I also pieced them to get the length I needed. I use different widths for the framing pieces so I don’t have to worry about centering the backing on the longarm – it’s meant to be uneven.