I piece almost all of my quilt backs these days, so it was hard to select just a few to highlight as my favorites. Feeling Groovy is probably my most favorite quilt back of all time. The front is an X-Plus, and I just decided to have fun with the back with improv. I managed to use every bit of my precious Carnaby Street fabric on this one.
Sewing in an improv style on the back is one of my favorite ways to use scraps. My very first experience with improv came with this quilt, called Sunning by the Pool. For me, it's a lot of fun to have a break from the "rules" that come along with sewing a particular pattern. Once the top is done and all that's left are scraps, it's great to throw caution to the wind and just sew!
Recently, I was able to sew scraps and make what I consider to be a completely reversible quilt on Summer Storm. On this quilt, I may actually like the back better than the bento box front!
A Dash of Luck also has improv piecing, but has just an offset strip of scraps, which I've also loved doing lately. My husband jokes that this kind of backing is becoming my "signature backing." I think this is one of my favorites because I could just eat that Happy Go Lucky fabric up, and I love the fabrics with that happy orange Denyse Schmidt print.
The last one I'll share is not improv pieced at all. Instead, on Happy Dance, I made extra blocks for a stripe across the back, and I just love the way the colors pop against the black and white polkadots.
Quilt backs are a way for me to unwind a little bit and loosen up my sewing. Especially after a particularly fussy pattern on the front, piecing the backing can really be relaxing, and I just love the look of surprise when the recipient sees the other side of the quilt!