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Sunday, June 11, 2023

Tallies, Every Little Bit, and Cool Columns

Welcome back, y'all!  Today, I'm sharing three more designs from my new book, Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs, so let's jump right in!

The Tallies design is great if you have small scrap pieces that are not all the same size.  Piecing together small squares, rectangles, and strips into improv blocks doesn't take as long as you might think, and the book gives step-by-step instruction for how to do it.  This quilt back uses every color in the rainbow, but a controlled palette would be just as lovely.

Another option for those small scraps is the Every Little Bit quilt back.  The featured quilt for this pattern shows a controlled color palette with aqua and teal scraps, and the single scrappy stripe makes a big impact agains the solid blue background.   Remember, the book gives step-by step instructions (with illustrations) for creating the improv units.

Another example shows mixed-color scraps.  Don't throw those little pieces into your scrap bins.  Use them to make a statement on the back of your quilt!

Here's another one that uses all of my warm scraps-

These two quilt back designs, along with the three designs I shared yesterday give you several options if you have small scraps leftover.  If your leftovers are usually a little larger, don't worry!  Let's dive right into the designs for medium sized scraps.

Quilt Backs With Medium Scraps

The Cool Columns quilt back is by far one of my favorites.  It's so easy to trim the leftover pieces of fabric to a consistent length and sew them together for a quilt back that will knock your socks off.  The quilt featured in the book shows leftover pieces that are all a consistent width and length for a very regular look.

But the design looks just as pretty if scraps of various widths are mixed together, like this-

The fabric can be sewed together into rows instead of columns-

Or, if you don't have quite enough leftovers to make the back completely out of scrap columns, you can always supplement with a stripe of yardage.  It still looks amazing!  There are lots of ways to customize this one!

When I write a book, I always want to fill a need, or answer a question of some kind.  I really wrote this book to be a comprehensive guide, with two different types of quilters in mind.

*Quilters who aren't comfortable with making pieced quilt backs-  Let's face it- we ALL have scraps leftover after piecing a quilt top, and some quilters aren't quite sure what to do with that leftover pile.  Because they don't know how to use them for a pieced quilt back, or because they think it may be too time consuming or difficult, these quilters instead throw the scrap pieces in their scrap bins.  If you fall into this camp, this is your book!  Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs gives guidance for how to choose a quilt back pattern with your scraps in mind, and then gives the full pattern for each design in three sizes!  This is more than an idea book.  I wrote this book to walk you through the entire process!

BUT, I know there are lots of you who make pieced quilt backs on the regular, and this book is for you too!

*Quilters who need new pieced quilt back ideas- If you're adept at piecing quilt backs, but have fallen into a rut of one or two favorite designs, Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs will still be useful for you!  Have I mentioned that there are thirty (!!!) different designs?  That's a TON of new ideas.  You could make a different quilt back each week for almost eight months without repeating!  You know, if you really wanted to.  ;)

So, head over to my Etsy shop HERE and pick up a signed copy of Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs for yourself.  You know you want to!  

Or, you can find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Connecting Threads, Missouri Star, and Fat Quarter Shop.  It's also being carried by every major distributor, so you can ask your local quilt shop to carry it! 

Thanks so much for your support!

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