Christa’s Quilt Along 5.6 – Hugs ‘n Kisses Pieced Backing

I just love creative quilt backs, don’t you? For today’s Quilt Along lesson, I will show how I made my pieced scrappy backing for Hugs ‘n Kisses using fabric from my stash. It took me 4 hours to complete my pieced backing.

Backing FabricStep 1 – Choose Your Backing Fabric (30 Minutes)

To get started, comb through your stash for any fabrics you want to use up that “go” with your Hugs ‘n Kisses quilt top.  Don’t worry about pulling too many or too few, you can finalize it a bit later.

I wanted to use up a few pinks and greens and I tried to pull fabrics that were light (or the backside was very light) so that they would not shadow (show through) the quilt top.

Step 2 – Estimate the Yardage (30 Minutes)

Next, lay out your quilt top so you can see how much area you need to cover. I laid mine out wrong side up so I could see where the darker and lighter blocks were. I wanted to mimic a little bit of the light and dark areas on the back of the quilt.

Hugs 'n Kisses TopCovering the Back

Now start covering up the quilt! It’s kind of like a puzzle. I played around with several different arrangements until the top was covered and I liked the way it looked. Don’t forget to stack your pieces so that there are a few extra inches of fabric hanging off all four sides.

Fill in the puzzle.Completely Covered


Step 3 – Figuring Out Exact Measurements (1 Hour)

I drew a sketch of my layout in EQ7 so I could figure out the measurements. You can also do this on graph paper. Start with the finished size of your quilt top which should be around 48″ x 64″. Then add 6 inches to both directions to figure out how large your backing needs to be. This brings me to a total backing size of 54″ x 70″.

Backing PIeces

I drew rectangles of each fabric piece in place on my diagram based on the finished size.  When I cut the pieces I will include 1/2″ for seam allowances. If you would like to skip figuring it out for yourself, you can use my exact cutting measurements below.

Step 4 – Cutting the Backing Pieces (1 Hour)

I recommend pre-washing and starching your backing fabrics. I have listed two charts below. The first one is how much fabric you would need as yardage (with some leftover). The second chart is how big to cut each piece, including seam allowances.

4.5 Yards Total ScrapsQuilt Back Diagram

  1. 5/8 Yard
  2. 1/2 Yard
  3. 1/3 Yard
  4. 1/3 Yard
  5. Fat Quarter
  6. 1/3 Yard
  7. 1/4 Yard
  8. 1 Yard
  9. 5/8 Yard
  10. Fat Quarter

Cutting Measurements

  1. 20.5″ x 20.5″
  2. 34.5″ x 12.5″
  3. 34.5″ x 8.5″
  4. 40.5″ x 8.5″
  5. 14.5″ x 8.5″
  6. 30.5″ x 8.5″
  7. 6.5″ x 42.5″
  8. 30.5″ x 34.5″
  9. 18.5″ x 30.5″
  10. 18.5″ x 12.5″

You may need use a bigger backing if you are sending it out to be quilted, but no one here is going to do that, right?? We are all going to quilt our own quilts and have fun doing it!

Step 5 – Piecing the Backing (1 Hour)

Use 1/4″ seam allowances and press all seams open. Follow the diagram above:

  • Sew piece 2 and 3 together; add to piece 1.
  • Join pieces 4 and 5.
  • Add 6 to the top of piece 8; then add piece 7 to the side.
  • Join pieces 9 and 10
  • Add unit 1-2-3 to unit 4-5
  • Add unit 6-7-8 to unit 9-10
  • So both larger units together to complete the backing and give it a final pressing.

Pieced Backing

Optional Non-Scrappy Backing

Plain BackingIf you would like to sew your backing using all one fabric, you will need a total of 3 yards.

Cut it into 2 equal pieces and trim off the selvedges. Then join the pieces together parallel to the selvedge.

You will have now a large piece measuring approximately 54″ x 80″.

Cut off about 10″ of excess length so that you have a piece measuring approximately 54″ x 70″.


Hugs ‘n Kisses Quilt Kits are available for purchase while supplies last. If you have any questions about this week’s homework, please be sure to join my flickr discussion, leave a comment, or email me directly at christa@christaquilts.com.

Quilt Along Schedule – Links will go to each active post when published.

Hugs 'N Kisses

Hugs ‘N Kisses 48″ x 64″


9 thoughts on “Christa’s Quilt Along 5.6 – Hugs ‘n Kisses Pieced Backing

  1. Debbie Pescatore says:

    never done a pieced back since I am rather new at quilting. Thank you also for “assuming” that we are all doing our own quilting. I am doing jsut that, but have very limited knowledge on the quilting. Thank you for all your help.,

  2. Kristin says:

    I am trying to squeeze out another quilt top from my stash, it will certainly be interesting to see if I have fabric left to piece the backs….or will there be a third quil top…..

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