At the beginning of the year, during the crazy heatwave, I made a quilt top from a box of fat quarters given to me by my sewing group.
It looked like this.
When I had finished the quilt top, I still had a lot of fabric left, so I wanted to use up some of it in the backing. The quilt top is large, and would have needed three lengths of fabric to make a large enough backing; two lengths were just a fraction not enough. I thought adding a pieced strip to the quilt’s back would use up some of the leftover fabric and avoid the need to buy three lengths instead of two.
After trawling about the internet looking for ideas for an easy but interesting idea for a quilt backing, I found inspiration in the form of a cushion tutorial at Elizabeth Hartman’s Oh, Fransson!
The result looks like this.
I followed the tutorial on Oh, Fransson! and made blocks about 12½ inches square before trimming them down to size. My blocks varied from 12 to 13 inches across, but were always 12½ inches tall so the strip stayed an even width.
I used at least six fabrics in each block. To create the gradual colour change, I laid the remaining scraps in colour order. For each block, I added three new fabrics and left out three, slowly making my way through the colour order.
All done! Next stage: quilting!
And I still have a heap of leftover fabric!