Occasionally, I will pick up some great baby quilt backing fabric if it's on sale, I have a stash of 5 of these 2 yard pieces (alright, not the most impressive number), and though it's not my usual method of working, I kinda enjoy the challenge of designing a top to match a back, rather than finding a back to match a top, which is more usual for me.
|Ye Olde Stashe|
The one I am dying to use is this one:
The easiest solution is not to care and use it as is (sideways!) anyway. But I can't bring myself to do that....
If I turn it the right way, I am 6 inches short of 48 inches, so a few strips of solids can built it up, since I am not into matching the giraffes seamlessly (as it were), and it'd take three pieces to finish it with them anyway. If you can't make it work without cutting, you're left with making your deviations from what's usual at least look intentional...
So, a foot of solids would cover the gap with some left over for that wiggle room one needs when basting. I'd rather put it on the bottom, say, than put part on top and part on the bottom and risk it looking too letter boxed... But I should probably finish (start!) a top before getting hung up on a back.
*In case you are curious: Bella Peony, Popsicle, and Freesia; Kona Wisteria, Crocus, and Orange.