How about that? Three quilts off to the quilters!
Took me about three hours to cut, sew and press all three backings. I always put that step off as long as I can for some reason. That is boring sewing, for sure.
Do you piece your backings? I didn't used to. I liked finding matching fabric and buying 7 or more yards of it for the back. It is just too expensive to do that anymore. These days, I usually will buy around 4 1/2 yards of coordinating fabric for the back, and then adding in pieces of other smaller cuts until I get the size backing I need. Also, if I can, I wait until I can find coordinating backing fabric on sale somewhere. The internet is great for searching for various collections that are not current and have been discounted.
Some people get super creative with piecing their backings--me, not so much. If I have to piece, I typically just add a strip of other fabric right down the center of two backing pieces. And I always, always raid my stash for the extra fabric I need.
One of my quilts measured 74 x 86, meaning that I needed a piece of backing that was at least 82 x 94. Luckily I had two 82" lengths of the plaid fabric, but sewn together they would have been only 82 x 82. So, I knew I had to piece the back to get that 94+ inches that I needed.
The center strip of tannish gold fabric is around 14 inches wide and 82 inches long. My two side pieces are each 41 inches wide, so the addition of the center strip gives me a piece of fabric that is now 96 inches wide. The center strip is also pieced--I cut a piece of the gold fabric 41 inches long, cut it in half so I had two pieces 20 x 41 and stitched them together so they made a long strip 20 x 82 to go down the middle of my two 41 x 82 inch long pieces. The 20 inches was actually a bit too generous, so I trimmed it down to be 14 inches wide. Finished backing size is 82 x 96, which gives my quilter plenty of room to "load" the quilt on her quilting machine. Clear as mud?
So, tell me, do you piece your backings too? Or do you just bite the bullet and buy the right amount of yardage that is required?