I really like the way it turned out and it started me thinking about other quilts I have made that ended up with pieced backs. There are not many and all but one got their extra decorative touch because I goofed.
First up, Don't Panic. I bought the fabric for the backing when I bought the fabric for the top, but I changed my plan in the end and ended up with a larger quilt. I inserted strips of scraps from the top to make up the difference.
Next is Love's Quilt. This is the only one that had a pieced back on purpose. It was a group effort for a blogging friend. I received extra blocks that I wanted to include, so I planned the back around those. It's like a whole other quilt.
My first Canada Quilt also suffered from buying the backing before the top was finished. I don't have a picture of the finished back, and it isn't easy to photograph right now, so I'll just share this picture of the top and extra blocks on the design wall. The column of blocks on the right became a strip down the back of the quilt, tucked between lengths of the intended backing fabric.
I do like the way it turned out, though I didn't enjoy hand quilting areas with extra thickness from the extra seams on the back. This, of course, is why I added extra seams to the next quilt I hand quilted! The back does not match the front of the Kaleidoscope quilt at all, but I hadn't bought enough black for the back. My son likes hockey and I had some hockey puck fabric and plain red and blue for lines...
Tonight, I took out the fabric for the back of my Canada 150 quilt. Guess what? I did it again. Time to start planning what to insert into this back to bring it up to size. Time's ticking - Canada Day is July 1st!
Tell me about your pieced backs. Do you make them that way on purpose as a decorative element? Do youpiece backs to use up leftover fabric? Do you only make them when you've shorted yourself on backing fabric? Or do you avoid them like the plague and take care to do your math right every time?