Creative Quilt Backs

with Elizabeth Hartman

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Make the back of your quilt as pretty and interesting as the front with easy ideas from this free mini-class by renowned quilter Elizabeth Hartman. Read More…

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Class Description

Finish your quilt with a flourish by creating a back that's worthy of the front. Renowned modern quilter Elizabeth Hartman shows you a variety of easy ways to echo or complement your quilt's design using large prints, strips, blocks or patchwork. Whatever your quilting style, you're sure to find inspiration in this free mini-class.

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Lesson Plan


Lesson 1. Welcome to Your FREE Mini-Class!

  • A little information about how to use your free Craftsy class.


Lesson 2. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, Elizabeth Hartman, author of the popular quilting blog "Oh, Fransson!"


Lesson 3. Quilt Back Math

  • Figure out how best to stack and back your quilt in this comprehensive lesson. Elizabeth goes step by step through the math needed to calculate the correct yardage.


Lesson 4. Using Large-Scale Prints

  • Your quilt's back is the perfect place to show off large-scale prints to their best effect. Elizabeth helps you figure out how to calculate and assemble your back — and match prints for the wow factor.


Lesson 5. Adding a Pieced Strip

  • A pieced strip echoes the colors and design of the top and can be a lifesaver if you find yourself just a little short of backing fabric. Calculate the most pleasing combinations, size the pieces and stitch them together with Elizabeth.


Lesson 6. Back Block

  • "Borrow" a block from the front of your quilt for the reverse. You'll learn how to adjust fabric requirements to add blocks onto your quilt back.


Lesson 7. Super Scrappy

  • Use your odds and ends to make a scrappy quilt back in this improvisational lesson. Elizabeth demonstrates variations with large scraps or small.

"I am very impressed by this instructor. She gave very detailed explanations regarding calculating fabric yardage, starting [by] pinning the strips from the center and additional tips about making a design wall. I also like the note-taking feature which I was able to use as a reminder for myself."
- Genetics

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