Tall Tales Quilt & Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs Review

Today is a day to celebrate! Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation's new book, Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs, is now available everywhere you buy books--Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Connecting Threads, and many quilt shops. Or you can buy a signed copy right from Kelly herself!

The new book has 30 different quilt backs; each in three sizes. Fifteen of them use scraps (arranged by scrap size) and the other 15 are for stash and yardage (arranged by number of fabrics), so you are sure to find something that works with what you have. 

Many of the quilt backings look like quilt fronts, which really ups the value. You could mix and match the backing patterns to create an entire quilt. On top of that, there are 18 bonus lap-size quilt patterns that you can download for free! As always, full quilt finishing instructions are included. 

I really wanted a pieced back for my Tall Tales quilt top, so Kelly's book launch timing was perfect. Looking through the book gave me inspiration. For my quilt, I chose to use the Cool Columns backing as a guide. I had loads of pieces of novelty fabrics in varying sizes that were either left over from the front or didn't make it into the front. I enlisted my son's help to draw up my piecing plan based on the size of my Tall Tales quilt and the maximum and minimum sizes of the fabrics I had available to use. You certainly don't have to be as fancy or precise as what we did in order to be successful--just follow the easy-to-understand instructions in the book. The inspiration photo from the book is on the left and the diagram he drew me is on the right.

Here is the back of my quilt. Isn't it fun! 
And here is the front of my fully finished Tall Tales quilt. I made this quilt top over two summers, several years apart, during quilt alongs. The book block pattern is available here. I quilted it with a modern Baptist Fan design using 60 wt thread so that there was texture without being too thready over the novelty prints.

Visit the following bloggers to see more quilts inspired by Kelly's book:

Sandra @ mmm...quilts
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Vasudha @ Storied Quilts
Kris @ Sew Sunshine
Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
Anne-Marie @ Stories From the Sewing Room You are here!


  1. I love, love, love your quilt and the back design you chose! thank you so much for helping me launch the book!

    :) Kelly

  2. oh such a fun back! All those pieces used makes me so happy!

  3. The columns are perfect for the back of your Tall Tails quilt! Just lovely!

  4. Both front and back of your quilt look great! So many beautiful prints!

  5. Love, love, LOVE your Tall Tales quilt (and quilt back, too!!!)