Communique Backing

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One thing I love about making my own quilts is that I can put just as much character into the back as the front. Now, that’s not to say that I do it on every quilt, but I felt like the Communique Quilt deserved a fun backing. After all, with all the detail on the front, the back would be pretty boring without some piecing.

communique quilt top closeup

For the backing I used left over fabric that I had pulled for the quilt.


Yes, apparently I have WAY too much fabric, since I had enough to make this king-size top, the pieced back and still have left overs from this color palette.



I’d tell you that I need an intervention, but I like my fabrics too much. Plus, I did get quite a few of the fabrics donated to me by friends and family. They know how much I like my scraps.  What about you? Do you use scraps to quilt?

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  1. anna in spain on June 30, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Yes, scraps are all I can use, since they’re all I have. Many years ago I was involved in a quilting forum that bit the dust about the time Facebook took over the world (never had Facebook, never will) and some lovely quilters from the US sent me their leftover bits. I’ve also been given a few bits by Spanish friends, but women don’t sew here anymore, so finding cotton fabrics is hard. I’m starting to run short of good fabric, but we are now on a fixed income so I have to get very creative sometimes! A friend from church gave me some laces and ribbons for the attempt at a crazy quilt, which I may end up backing on chintz…not the best choice, but what I have. It’s nice to make something out of nothing…sometimes.

    • Andrea on June 30, 2014 at 11:55 am

      I understand not having much money to work with, but not being able to find cottons just seems bizarre to me. I suppose I am pretty lucky to live in a place with so many sewing options.

      • anna in spain on July 1, 2014 at 1:29 am

        American women are still proud of their ability to save money and make their own, while in Europe, more expensive means it’s gotta be better, right? I’ve watched it happen over the last 30 years, as young women enter the workplace, they “don’t have time” to sew, knit, crochet etc. (ie, that’s old-timey stuff, strictly for grannies). The only fabrics that are easily available here (aside from curtain and upholstery material) are synthetics, fancy “party dress” fabrics (lamé, sequins and embroidered stuff, etc) or heavy woolens for winter suits and such. Quilting is high-fashion, expensive stuff here–fabric comes from the US and is very, very expensive. Or Japan–I love Japanese fabrics but at 6 Euros or more for a fat quarter, they stay in the shop window and I keep walking.

        • Andrea on July 1, 2014 at 10:15 am

          Wow! That is expensive.

  2. Michal on June 30, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    I love everything you do. There is always so much character and interest.

    • Andrea on June 30, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks so much! So glad you stopped by! I miss getting to chat with you at #talknt.

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