First off, thank you to everyone who left wonderful insightful comments on my post from yesterday on whether to change my header or not. You sure know how to help a girl out. For the moment, I will be sticking to plain and clean. Because like so many of you pointed out, when it comes down to it, that is what I like, and for the moment, that is what I like :)
So what do you do when you get to the back of your quilt??
My backs are usually decided by what type of fabric I have on hand. If I have large scraps left over then I normally do a pieced back with all sorts of fun random piecing. I do this because I like to use up those prints. If I have just a little bit of scraps leftover, I usually do a fabric WOF back with maybe a strip of the leftover scraps in it, if I am feeling up to it. (Although, mostly I do this if my quilt is over 80" and I just need a few more inches to baste it, this happens mostly in twin size quilts :) And my little baby blankets are almost always just a piece of fabric that is a yard and a half making a 44" square, mostly because it's easy.
Here is the pieced back I put together this afternoon. It falls into that large scraps left over category so it got turned into what I think is a pretty fun pieced back. (These prints are from Pat Bravo's Indie collection and there's a quilt underneath the back that I will be sharing soon, yup, tutorial coming your way :)
But when I am finished this quilt, I am then moving onto finishing my King Size and Queen Size Braided Irish Chain quilts. I didn't order backing fabric for them at the time I bought the fabric for the front. And the last few days I have been thinking about what I wanted to do for the back. And I admit, the thought of piecing those huge backings made me cringe a little.
So this morning, when I got my little Daily Steals email and they had King Size Sheet sets on for $15.00 (screaming deal) I had a little light bulb moment. I thought to myself, the last time I was down at the little long arm shop, I saw 2 ladies who had used sheets as backing. And then I thought some more and realized lots of quilters use vintage sheets for backing. So I went for it. (It was one of those timed deals so it's not like I could dwell on it for days.) I bought 2 sets and am planning on using the straight sheet for backings. And I suppose I will have some extra pillow cases. (The deal lasts for about another 6 hours if you want to grab some for yourself :)
So here is my question for you today??? Have you ever used a sheet for a quilt back?? If so, do you have any pointers for me?? Any help would be appreciated as this is totally new to me :)