Party in the BACK!

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Shout it from the rooftops! My friend, Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation, has a new book that just released this week!! And this time, it's all about the BACK of the quilt!

Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs book
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Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs is Kelly's third book, and I have had the absolute honor of making quilts from all of them! (See the other two HERE and HERE!) This one is a bit different though, as it focuses on what you can do on the BACK of a quilt! There are THIRTY different patterns for backs in the book, and honestly, all of them could also be used as a quilt front! Which is exactly what I decided to do!

Mermaid fabric scraps

I had a stack of rectangles leftover from making a Hydra quilt (see that quilt HERE!), and the Coin Strip back in the book called for the EXACT size of rectangles that I had!! It was meant to be!

Sewing rectangles together for the quilt top

I cut off all the selvages, then pieced the rectangles together. I found a purple glitter fabric - actually a Kona Sheen fabric - in my stash and decided to use that for the background fabric. The fabric is so sparkly!

Meander quilting

This whole quilt top took me about 15 minutes to piece!!

Free motion quilting and SewTites Magnum magnets

I loaded some mermaid backing fabric onto my longarm using my SewTites Magnum magnets, then added a leftover piece of 80/20 batting that was just the right size, and quilted it using a lavender thread. I did an all-over meander because it's fast!

Meander quilting on a longarm

Hot pink binding seemed like a great choice for this fun quilt! (Tutorial for machine sewing binding HERE!) 

Machine sewing binding

The finished quilt turned out great! I made the quilt just about one yard in size, so it's about 36" x 42" - a great baby sized quilt!

Coin Strip quilt from Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs book

The back was a one-yard cut of a border print from the Mystical Mermaids collection from Benartex. It was such a fun way to use up a busy print! 

Quilt back

I remembered to sew in one of my quilt labels into the binding too! This is my 465th quilt finish of all time!

Quilt label sewn into quilt binding

The texture and sparkle of this one is so good!

Meander quilting on Kona sheen fabric

This whole quilt took me just a couple hours from start to finish, and I love that what Kelly intended to be a quilt back is actually wonderful for a quilt front too!

Coin Strip quilt from Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs book

Here is my quilt with the one from the book! I would definitely make this one again!

Coin Strip quilt from Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs book

Kelly's book has another AMAZING bonus! In addition to the THIRTY patterns for quilt backs in the book, you can download an additional EIGHTEEN patterns that you can use for the quilt fronts too!! That's like 48 patterns in ONE book!! Such an amazing value! You can get the book signed in Kelly's shop HERE or on Amazon!

Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs book

Several bloggers have joined together to all make a quilt back from the book. Be sure to hop to the others' blogs to see what they made!


  1. Well look at you, go all rogue! And nicely done! Whatever lucky little lady gets that quilt will have a great time looking at the “sparkly “ and the mermaids on the back!

  2. Love that you made that backing as the front. That mermaid fabric is to die for, and perfect use of that Benartex print.
    Yesterday I had to launder my Exploding Hearts quilt I made from your pattern and remembered that I put a "party" on the back of it. I called it a "mullet" quilt - lol! I'm normally more of a traditional gal, but that pattern is my favorite quilt of all time - and my husband claimed it!

  3. I love that this quilt you made seems to have two fronts and no back! That's a very fun finish!

  4. It's so beautiful, Laura!! Thank you so much for helping me launch the book!

  5. ooo the back front switch!

  6. Love that you made 2 backs into 1 quilt. Looks great!

  7. Fun baby quilt... Front AND back, Laura!!


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