When you are finished piecing the top of the quilt, adding a quilt backing creates a finished product. A quilt backing is a large piece of fabric seamed to the top of the quilt. The backing can be one seamless piece, or made of two or three strips of fabric seamed together. The backing holds in the quilt batting and covers the seams that hold the quilt blocks together. A quilt backing may be made from solid or printed fabric. When preparing your quilt backing, the backing should be larger than the top. Sturdy fabrics such as muslin, cotton, or linen are excellent for backing.