How to Make a Pieced Quilt Backing Tutorial

This is my favorite way to use up leftover scraps while making an interesting quilt back! Below is a roundup of some of my favorite pieced backs that I’ve made over the years. Click each of the links below to get instructions on how to make the quilt back (or front)!

Modern Logs Quilt Leftovers

Click here for the Modern Logs quilt backing tutorial.

I made this one from my Good Vibes scraps plus a few leftover strips of my other fabric collections.

Pieced Quilt Backing

Bar Graphs Pieced Backing

This was the pieced backing for an early version of my Charming Chevrons Quilt pattern. I love how the machine quilting lined up on the back – that was purely accidental and not planned!

Click here for the pieced quilt back tutorial.

Quilt Back

Leftover Fat Quarters Pieced Quilt Back

This black and white backing used up leftover fat quarters for one of the quilts in my first book, Machine Quilting with Style. The front of the quilt is called Lightning and it was a modern take on a rail fence design in black and white with a pop of yellow.

Click here to download the free PDF pattern for this pieced quilt back.

Surplus Strips Pieced Backing

While I don’t have step by step tutorial for this one, I used up leftover blocks from the front combined with larger chunks of fabric in coordinating colors. This is an easy way to add a pop of interest to your back, and it’s much faster to piece together.

Click here to get my Surplus Strips digital quilt pattern.

Shades of Gray Pieced Quilt Back

Sometimes I will sketch out exactly how I want the pieced quilt backing to look in EQ8. This can more easily help me figure out the dimension to cut each piece. See the before and after pics below:

Shades of Grey Backing
Click here for the tutorial and dimensions to cut for my Shades of Gray pieced backing.

I hope you enjoyed that walk down memory lane. I want to know – have you ever made a pieced quilt back before? If so – how did you like it?

Now it’s time for me to go make some more pieced backs – and fronts!! Happy quilting, friends!!

3 thoughts on “How to Make a Pieced Quilt Backing Tutorial

  1. Joan Sheppard says:

    Love these! I remember back in my early days of quilting I was horrified to see someone piece a back. Now I try to plan the back in pieces to compliment the front. I did a Quilt As You Go and actually use the “back” as the front more often.

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