Impromptu Backing

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I’m super excited to share with you the backing I came up with for my Impromptu quilt.  I originally started with a lovely orange batik in 102″ backing width.

orange batik

But after I brought it home, I remembered that I still had a bit of my painter’s canvas fabric I’d used as backing and a charm pack of Comma to work with. That meant that I could do a fun pieced back and save some of the orange batik for binding.

impromptu backing fabrics

The design I came up with for my backing was a double row of offset charms with equal widths of painter’s canvas fabric on either side, next to the batik yardage.

impromptu backing


The only problem I had with the backing is that the width of my leftover painter’s canvas is a couple inches shy of the width of the quilt top. To solve this, I’m planning to trim down the outside border on the front about three inches on two sides.  Who wants a square quilt anyway?

Have you ever had problems with your fabric being just a bit too short? What was your solution?

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  1. Cassandra on June 26, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I love using a pieced backing, I always save left over parts from the quilt top to add some interest to the back. It’s like a bonus, 2 quilts in one! Love Comma it’s one of my favourite lines, and it goes so well with you batik.

    • Andrea on June 26, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      Thanks so much! It was a lot of fun to do, and much quicker to piece than the back I’ll be sharing on Monday.

  2. Laura on June 28, 2014 at 12:00 am

    it looks great. what a good way to enliven and modernise batik!

    • Andrea on June 28, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks so much, Laura! It was a lot of fun to put together.

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