I finished the top for my great-niece Addy’s quilt a few weeks back, but it took me another couple of weeks to finish piecing the back.

Since piecing my first pieced quilt back with the bright swirls quilt a few months back I’ve fallen in love with the idea of making pieced backs…especially for kids’ quilts. The pieced backs make use of leftover fabric and blocks that didn’t make it into the quilt and just creates a lot of fun and interest on the back. It’s also a lot of fun as I typically build the backs as I go, without a plan.

Another positive about pieced backs is that when it takes a long time to finish a quilt and the child you’re making the quilt for no longer cares much about trucks and cars and police cars and fire engines you can piece the back with Batman fabric–which is what I will be doing with my great-nephew Zac’s quilt…once I finish the blocks. My guess is that he’ll think of the pieced back with the batman fabric as the front of the quilt…and won’t care that the design is bigger pieces…and more clunky.

The main focal fabric for this quilt is the bright owls on black background. My great-niece and great-nephew chose that fabric because Addy’s mom decided to make owl’s Addy’s special theme…so we’ve all been finding things owl for Addy’s room. Once we chose the bright owl fabric I turned the kids loose in the fat quarter section at JoAnn Fabrics and let them pick the coordinating (more or less) solids that are the bright-colored rectangles. The Lifesaver fabric on the back, I picked up at Wal-Mart, specifically because I thought it would be cute on the back. I’ll be using the leftover  Lifesaver fabric to make more of the crayon rolls.

I finished piecing the back and got the quilt layered and ready for quilting a week or so ago. It’s now pinned and waiting for me to quilt it…which will hopefully start happening this week.

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