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« on: July 03, 2012 09:30:24 AM »

I'm making a quilt for my boyfriend and I've run into a dilemma. The front is a simple patchwork type pattern of blues and browns with a brown border.  It's technically my first quilt sandwich and I'm wondering if it would be better to go with a sheet or matching fabric as my backing?

My main concern is the fact that the seam on the back if I use matching fabric will hinder the quilting. Any advice? Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2012 11:15:39 AM »

I've never had any problem with seams from pieced backs, it won't affect the quilting at all. However, I do like using sheets (Ikea are great quality + price) just because it is cheaper than using fabric yardage in many cases.
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2012 06:27:37 AM »

Use matching fabric. You will get the same quality of material on the front and back.

http://obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com/2010/05/1st-quilt-ever-piecing-back-creating.html

This was the first quilt pattern I made. I now always do this for the back of my quilts. It makes it look fun on the back and use the rest of the scraps you might have. Just adjust the width of the extra strip to fit the back of your quilt.
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2012 07:41:57 PM »

How long do you expect this to last?  If you want it to be passed on to his children and their children, then do it "perfect".  If you want it used up and loved to death and for the recipient to not worry about using it and washing it wearing it out, then use what works for you.  Sheets are legendary for bleeding.  Prewash, if you decide to use them.  (I personally like buying sheets at Goodwill to use as a fabric source. They've been prewashed, preshrunk, and normally, I just cut off the worn spots.)

If you plan to hand quilt, fabric is generally easier then sheets.

Bonus tip:  You can use patterned sheets/fabric for the backing and use that for your quilting pattern. Stripes and checks are great.

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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2012 08:39:18 PM »

If you're quilting by hand don't use a sheet.  They're harder to get through and tougher on your hands.  If you're quilting by machine do as you like!
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