|Not enough fabric to use as a backing?|
In the photo, imagine the yellow as the leftover fabric from the front of the quilt. The red is a piece I have leftover from a different project or a piece from my stash that is compatible, but too small.
Cut the main fabric at a point somewhere above or below the middle. (You don't want it perfectly centered as this is not good design.) Cut a strip of the leftover fabric to insert. This is a good place to use leftover strips.
|Prepare to add to length|
|Piece with added length|
|Prepare to add width|
|Piece with added width|
If this is not enough to give you the length you want, add another strip. Now make a lengthwise cut down the side of the backing and insert another strip to give the width you want.
You can add more than one accent color depending on how many scraps you have left and how much expanding you want to do. You can add as many fabrics as you want to give interest to your backings.
If you hand quilt, this may make the backing too bulky for you, but if you machine quilt, these extra seams should not cause you any problems.
So, have fun using up your leftovers on your backings. Now your quilts can be reversible!
|Adding extra interest or width|