National Backwards Day!

January 31, 2018

Today, January 31 is National Backwards Day!  I decided to celebrate by taking a closer look at the back of some quilts and quilt tops.

The backs of quilt tops hardly ever get the glory that they deserve.  Here are some hand appliquéd circles . . .

Circle Applique back

And some machine pieced circles . . .

Stroll back

I love when the quilting transfers the design of the quilt to the back of the project.

Row by Row Back


Overlay Back

Franklin Park back


Sometimes the design isn’t completely transferred to the back of the quilt, but you can get a general idea of the quilt front.

Customer Quilt back

Pin Mini back


Occasionally I do simple, light quilting . . .

Simple Mini Quilt BackBut more often it’s heavy quilting that shows on the back of my quilts . . .  (these two mini quilts are the same design)

Star Block Back


Recently I even tried out using doubled batting, which really made the quilting design pop on the back of the quilt (as well as the front).

Secret Sewing Quilt Back

I frequently love the backs of quilts as much as the front!



  • Reply
    Rochelle Summers
    January 31, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    I think that machine quilting has provided more opportunity for the quilt backs to be works or arts. The double batt sure did make a the quilting pop. Thank you for sharing these.

  • Reply
    Marla Varner
    February 1, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Your quilting is so wonderful! Thanks for sharing a look at the backs. That last photo is really lovely!❤️

  • Reply
    Debbie Montgomery
    February 4, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Would love to learn some of your tricks.

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