The top of the African Village Quilt is done! Great job. Now it's time to make the back.
I had left over triangles from the setting blocks and corner blocks from the diamond strips on the front of the quilt. I also had some triangles which I cut for the quilt and then decided that I liked other fabric better. So I decided to make a strip back for my quilt.
You will need a backing that measures at least 48 x 65 inches. This will give you a 3 1/2-4 inch overhang. If you plan to send it out to a long-arm quilter you may need it a bit larger.
I used fabrics for the strips that are in the quilt top and I varied the width of the solid color strips to make the back more interesting. I also made a few more half square triangles for the strips. You'll note in the photo above that the half square triangle strips were extended with a piece of background fabric. If you wanted to, you could just use a couple left over half square triangles and make the strip long enough with other fabrics.
However you do it, it's all good!
I really like this back. It could stand on it's own as a quilt in its own right!
Once you finish the backing, layer sandwich your quilt with top, quilt batting and the bottom. I used a cotton baby quilt batting which measured 46 x 60 inches.
Quilt as desired or send it out to your favorite quilter! Add a binding once it is all quilted.
And finally make a label. Here is my label before I wrote on it. I used some selvages from the fabric in the quilt along with a strip from my focus fabric. It adds a bit more information about the quilt and it's fun!
Next post…my finished quilt!
Please leave me a comment to let me know how you are doing!