Friday, April 15, 2011

Slash and Sew Random Quilt Back

I came up with this process of creating a random quilt back when I was trying to use only scraps on the back of my World of Goo quilt.  I simply sewed strips of larger scraps together.  Then I would cut the quilt back in two pieces, rotate the pieces and sew them back together, sometimes adding more pieced scrap strips in between.  I took pictures after several steps in my process of creating my quilt back for A Day at the Aquarium to show how it changes.

I started out with four colors pieced the width of fabric.

I sliced it into two pieces, rotated one piece, and placed another strip in between.  I continue to even out the edges of the quilt as I go.

I did this same step, again adding another strip in between.

I added one more vertical strip then started the process horizontally.  I cut the quilt into about 5 pieces horizontally and flipped them around before sewing everything back together.

I continue cutting, rotating and adding new pieced strips until I'm happy with the result.  It's a simple way to get a fun, random quilt back without too much thinking or work.  It's also a great way to use up all those scraps because you can piece you strips any width, you can use the smaller scraps as well.

21 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I absolutely adored the World of Goo quilt back, and wondered how the heck you did it! I am a big fan of cool quilt backs....I will be using this. Thanks, Kati!

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  3. Kati, thanks for the tip! It looks great. That could be a quilt FRONT, not just a back!

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  4. Great idea! Thanks for sharing this! I am not very good at doing random, but think I could try this one!

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  5. Looks great....thanks for sharing your process.

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  6. very fun Katie! great technique.

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  7. I adore this .. what a wonderful way to enjoy fabric.

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  8. Cool - thank you for sharing this!!! I've got a few quilt backs that I need to work on soon, and this is a lot more interesting than a single piece back. I will definitely give this a try!

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  9. This is such a great process for piecing the backing! So glad you shared this as I have a backing I'm working on this weekend.

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  10. Wow! I can't believe how it turned out in the end. So amazing!

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  11. Whoodathunkit -- Thanks for sharing. My backings are very plain 'cause after I piece the front my brain is wacky -- Now I'll have to try a slashing adventure.

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  12. Oh!!! That's cool. Thanks for showing the process. I actually have a quilt back that's a bit smaller than I'd like, and this will solve that problem beautifully. :D

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  13. I love this for exploring so many designs. HELP NEEDED! I got lost with the second cut, "I did it again." I can't visualize where the cut was made and where the newly cut pieces went. I am at a disadvantage right now (my mammogram did NOT come through clear this year so you can imagine what I have been doing the last 4 months). Your technique intrigues me so much I'd buy a pattern of a more detailed tutorial "for dummies" with dotted lines showing cut lines, intermediate steps to show rotation of newly cut pieces, etc. NOT to copy your exact backing, here, but as a wonderful springboard for explorationfor those of us who need more help . Have you considered PDF available at your site? I know they are a lot of work. Your technique is worth it. Thanks.

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  14. This is great, thanks for sharing!

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  15. This looks great! I love the little random block of yellow!

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  16. Thanks for your step-by-step....I was thinking of something like this for a front with a couple less cuts and flips. But I like your added horizontal steps.

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  17. I'll be using this technique for my Supernova back - thank you Kati!

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  18. thank you for showing your process. that quilt back is amazing.

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  19. Wow Kati, like everything you do this is total and utter genius - so simple and yet so random and effective

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