Picking a Backing Fabric for your Scrap Quilt

I like to collect backing fabrics. Whenever there is a fabric that I really love or when I see a fabric sale for some great prints, I will pick up yardage to use for backing fabric. This is true for all kinds of quilting projects (not just scrappy ones) but scrap quilts are a great opportunity to have a little fun with your backing choice. 


Rainbow Modern Postage Stamp Quilt - Kitchen Table Quilting


If you are looking for general help on stocking up on backing fabrics, you can check out this previous post about building a stash of backing fabrics. If you are looking for more information specific to scrap quilts, I have broken down my favorite types of scrap quilt backings into the categories below.

Quilt Ideas - Sweet 'n Spookier

When I saw that Art Gallery Fabrics had a new Spooky/Sweet line from this collection available, I thought "didn't I just make that Spooky 'n Sweeter quilt?" But alas, it was a year ago. The new collection is called Sweet 'n Spookier and it is just too cute. 


The Judy Quilt in Spooky n Sweeter 3


For fun, I mocked up the Judy Quilt since that was the quilt I made with the Spooky 'n Sweeter collection, and then I added in some other mockups. 

Creating a Successful Rainbow Scrap Quilt

If you are like me, you have a bin of scraps. They could make a beautiful quilt, but there is so much sorting and deciding and sorting involved that it can be a little daunting. I've got a few tips to help get you started.


A Scrappy Rainbow Luna Quilt - Kitchen Table Quilting


Recently, I have been enjoying making rainbow scrap versions of some of my patterns. They are fun projects for me personally, but they are also practical because they motivate me to start digging through the scrap bin. Since I most recently shared this scrappy, rainbow Luna quilt, I am going to reference that once in this post, but you can apply these same ideas to your own project.

A Scrappy, Rainbow Luna Quilt

One advantage of writing jelly roll patterns is that these patterns lend themselves very nicely to scrap quilts. You end up with lots of small-ish leftover pieces — whether from binding strips, jelly rolls, or just scraps from larger cuts of fabric — so I have been loving that I can make a scrappy rainbow quilt for most of these patterns. The Luna Quilt pattern is perfect for scraps.


A Scrappy Rainbow Luna Quilt - Kitchen Table Quilting


My scrap bins overfloweth (shocking, I know) so I had lots of colors on hand when starting this quilt. I decided to go rainbow-y and made an effort not to re-use any of the color fabrics (and I also tried to just use prints, no solids). I tried for variety with the background fabric but they aren't all unique and about half of them are solids.

The Ivy Quilt Pattern Mockups

My favorite day of a pattern release: here are some mockups using the Ivy Quilt Pattern. I have tried to give you a good range of options here, including a scrappy one, and now I want to make them all. This pattern is a little bit addicting!


The Ivy Quilt Pattern - Kitchen Table Quilting


I tried to stick with fabric collections that are currently available, but I snuck one in there that is only available for preorder — sorry about that! There is a pair of mockups that use the same fabrics with the dark/light fabric reversed so you can see what that looks like.

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