I added my last outer border, so my Rattlesnake quilt top is officially finished. Without my tall quilt holder, who has returned to the US for college, it is a bit difficult to get a picture. It has become a giant!
Having gotten the top done, I have to come up with a plan for the quilt back. What I would really like is a flannel or brushed cotton backing to make it a warm and cuddly quilt, but I have not been able to find anything suitable. I may make one more round of the fabric shops, but so far it looks like I will have to work with what I have.
I am of two minds on my quilt backing. I love pieced quilt backs that could stand as quilts in their own right. I aimed for that with my Sweet 16 quilt back, with a different color scheme and layout from the front of the quilt.
Circles, Revisited also had a pieced backing that used blocks that didn’t make it into the front of the quilt, and while it may not be a full-fledged quilt, I think it still makes quite a distinctive quilt back that I enjoy looking at.
But quilt backs are also a good way to get rid of fabric you no longer like or can’t anticipate using on the front of a quilt. For Which Way Do I Go, I combined some fabrics I like with some I had given up hope of finding a use for. Just wide strips of fabric in tones similar to those on the front of the quilt, sewn together randomly.
What do you do for quilt backs? Do you use a single fabric, or put together something distinctive that could stand alone? Or do you use up old and under-loved fabrics?