Sometimes I use just one piece of fabric for the back of a quilt. For “Longest Night” I used a brown fabric with red yarn. And that red pops on the back and disappears on the front of the quilt.
Using one piece of fabric, there’s a simplicity that allows each strand of yarn to stand out in its own unique way. Maybe it’s a secret language, or a diagram of dance positions. The backs of my quilts always make me think of Eva Hesse’s sculptures and drawings. It’s a grid and the game “Dots”.
And as complex as the front of the quilt is, the back is quiet and soothing in its repetition.