by Nicole
Cityscapes is one of those quilts that could be done in a weekend. The piecing is straight forward and easy and the columns come together quickly. 
Still, I’m taking my time with this quilt as I take care of work and home and give myself permission to sleep a little bit more.   
I’ve got the columns all done and I just need to stitch them together to finish the top. 
I usually wait until the top is together to even think about how I’ll piece the backing, but with this one I have already decided to use the scraps from the nap mat covers I made for my daughter’s preschool. I’ve got long strips of blue that would be perfect for the back. The scraps aren’t enough to finish the whole back, so I’ll have to get creative with adding other fabric. 
Sometimes I like to keep it simple on the back and other times I like a little design on the back so that it’s as if I have two quilts in one. What do you usually do for your backing?

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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Katy Cameron September 26, 2012 - 12:03 pm

I'm usually far too lazy for pieced backings, so wholecloth it is. I do have plans for a couple of upcoming ones for a bit of piecing though, and then a 3rd one is going to actually be 2 tops back to back so it can be flipped by season :oD

capitolaquilter September 26, 2012 - 2:01 pm

more recently I've had fun with improv on the back and the freedom to explore my own design. Love your fabric colors.

Carla September 26, 2012 - 3:02 pm

I love a pieced back, but don't always do it. Extra wide most times ; )

Kelly September 26, 2012 - 4:38 pm

I always piece my backs, but that is probably to do with the rubbish amount of extra wide fabrics available in the UK 😉

Stacey Napier September 26, 2012 - 5:15 pm

Usually by the time I am ready to sandwich and quilt, I'm ready for that project to end and am already eyeing my next stack of fabric. So, I've usually leaned toward backs with one fabric. I am sure you will inspire me to try something new – can't wait!

Valerie September 26, 2012 - 5:20 pm

I'm usually a piecer, mostly because I want to use what I have. I'll usually buy a couple of yards and then piece the rest. Quilt is looking great already!

Heather D. September 26, 2012 - 7:26 pm

I have SUCH a hard time with quilt backs. Usually by that point I'm ready to get on with the quilting and don't want to spend a lot of time or effort on the backs so most often I opt for a plain, non-pieced back. If I do any piecing, it's very minimal. I also have a hard time with it, feeling like the project is almost done and then having to fork out a bunch more money for backing fabric! I'm just cheap that way. 🙂

The cityscapes is looking great. Your hubby will love it.

Cherie September 26, 2012 - 9:09 pm

I like the colours you've selected!
I've never made a pieced backing for a quilt, I'm planning to try it out soon though =D

carla ( September 26, 2012 - 9:41 pm

Hi!!!! Love the colors!!! I am new to quilting but plan do piece my first one anyway!!!! I like the idea of both sides being pretty!!!! THanks

Robin Haupt September 27, 2012 - 12:59 am

I always piece my quilt backs. Some more elaborate than others, but always pieced. For me, it's become like a signature. Love, love, love your current quilt as well as all your others. You are truly an artist.

Debbie September 27, 2012 - 3:54 am

I love the look of your quilt so far! And I often piece my backings. Rarely do I buy enough yardage for the entire back unless I have something very particular in mind…

Heidi Staples September 27, 2012 - 3:57 am

If it's a lap size quilt or larger, it's usually pieced. Baby quilts can get away with a one piece backing, but even then I sometimes piece them. 🙂

Books_Bound September 27, 2012 - 4:09 am

Getting ready to try my first pieced backing! I've only done one piece before, but I've also only made baby quilts before (except one–and I cut apart a clearance duvet cover from IKEA for the back of that one). It feels too expensive to me to buy enough fabric for the back in one shot. I know it's the same amount of fabric even if I piece it, but it FEELS cheaper to me. 😉

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