This is part of a year-long series of posts about the quilts from Modern Patchwork. I'm highlighting a different quilt each month, and will be remaking either a regular size or mini quilt version of each of the book quilts. You can find my earlier posts about the Baby Roller Rink quilt here, here, and here. The Roller Rink quilt pattern is on Pages 16 - 23 of Modern Patchwork.
The back of my Baby Roller Rink Quilt ended up looking quite a bit different than the back of the larger Roller Rink Quilt in the book. The squares on the back are 4" x 4" finished - twice as big as the ones on the front.
Because this is the back, it's necessarily a little bigger than the quilt top, which means that the outside edges of what you see here will be cut off in the finished quilt.
When I was planning this quilt back, I purposely planned it so that the squares around the edges would be cut in half when the quilt was finished. This, I think, is a much better strategy than trying to line up the edges of the squares with the edges of the finished quilt back. There's a little more wiggle room in terms of how things line up, and I think it looks nicer to have the design appear to continue off the quilt back anyway.
The squares on this back are 4" x 4' finished - double the size of the squares on the front of the quilt.
I normally make quilt backs about 4" larger on all sides but, because of the squares I was using, and because this is a small quilt, I cut it a little closer and made the back 40" x 52" (or 2" larger on each side). Since the top is only 36" x 48" and I'm quilting it myself, I know I can get away with that, but it's not something I would suggest for a larger quilt.
If you're interested in hearing more about my process for making quilt backs, be sure to check out my free Craftsy video course, Creative Quilt Backs.
I'm working on the quilting right now and will have the finished project ready to show off in a couple of days!