A quilt backing is usually one of the last things quilters think about when planning out a project. Rather the fabric, pattern and quilting motif or design comes first. ZJ Humbach explains why it is important to think about a quilt backing from the very beginning.
Figuring Yardage for Quilt Backs
Knowing how to figure out how much backing fabric is required for a quilt is a great skill to have. Not only will it ensure that you always buy enough fabric for your project, but learning how to figure it out before having to just measure the pieced quilt top can allow you to purchase all of your fabric at the same time. Heather Thomas shows you how to calculate how much yardage of fabric is needed for different sizes of quilts.
My favorite challenge lately when making quilts is to add some fun character to the backing. No more plain boring backs on your quilts! Here are a few new quilt backing ideas for you to consider. This is the quilt backing for my Flowering Snowball Quilt
Reversible “Quilt-As-You-Go” Crib or Lap Quilt: 'Project Linus' Easy Strip Quilt ~ easy-to-sew, reversible "quilt-as-you-go" design. NICE and if you are needing a 'quick' crib or lap quilt, this is the way to go. You can even make a doll quilt too!
Zipper quilt back by Frances Moore at frantastic-stitchwitchery: "This is one of my favorite ways to piece a back. Vertical or horizontal, it is fun." I usually don't do piece backs but this one is doable.