Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Log Pyramid Quilt Along: Making the Quilt Back

We're in the home stretch!  Remember, if you're making your own log pyramid quilt, add photos to the Flickr group!  It is currently very sad and underpopulated and it needs you!

My typical approach to making quilt backs is to use what I have, preferably leftover from the quilt top, to just get it done.  I don't like waste and I'm also usually pretty anxious to get a quilt finished by the time I get to the back.  After finishing this quilt I was left with a pile of unused strips of various lengths. I sorted them by length and sewed each group together then trimmed.

I ended up with the pieced sections you see below.  I then laid them out on my design wall to then figure out what size pieces I needed to fill in the gaps.  You can see that I pinned two tape measures to the wall to indicate how tall the back needed to be (the width of the wall was the same as the width I needed for the back).  You could do the same thing with masking tape or painter's tape.

***IMPORTANT***  In addition to the extra height and width you would normally add to a quilt back (typically two inches greater than the quilt top on all sides) you need to add another two inches to the height.  This is to allow for the extra wide binding without covering up a big chunk of your pyramids.

To fill in the blank spaces, measure the hole you want to fill and add seam allowance.  Add fabric to the smaller sections and as they get bigger, sew the larger pieces together like a puzzle.  I added the top left square first, then sewed the two pieces on either side of the top right strips, then did the same with the bottom left strips.  After the below photo was taken, I added a strip between the two pieces on the left and could then sew it to the long strip down the middle.  Just remember not to sew anything together that is only a partial seam.

And here it is all filled in.  I used all fabric that I had left over from the top.

Only one more post to go! You can find the rest of the quilt along at the following links:

  • Friday, April 12 - Fabric and supplies
  • Monday, April 15 - Making your template
  • Tuesday, April 16 - Cutting your fabric
  • Thursday, April 18 - Piecing the main blocks
  • Tuesday, April 23 - Piecing the side blocks
  • Thursday, April 25 - Making the quilt top
  • Tuesday, April 30 - Making the quilt back
  • Thursday, May 2 - Quilting
  • Friday, June 28 - Binding
  • Monday, July 1 - The End!

  • And you can share your progress in the Flickr group, here!

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