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« on: June 24, 2008 07:55:27 PM »

My quilt top is approx 53in x 66.25in. Weird sizes cause its made with charm squares and a 3/8 allowance. I was too lazy for the 1/4 seam. HAHA! Anyways, since alot of fabric is 45 inches wide and mine is bigger than that whats the best way to construct a backing? I dont mind if its kinda patchy cause the top is very random.

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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2008 06:51:54 AM »

You could do a couple of things - use one piece 45" wide and add another piece to get it to the proper width (remembering to add a few extra inches so your backing is a little larger than your top) or you could piece together a few different fabrics to get the proper size and give you a patchy back.
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2008 03:31:26 PM »

Some places sell 108" wide fabics for backing.
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2008 07:37:15 PM »

If it's prewashed?  You can always buy a sheet for the back and prewash it.  This is much more ecconomical than most backing fabric.  I generally purchase mine a size larger than the bed, and can often get my binding from the edges.

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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2008 07:47:39 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2008 06:50:40 AM »

Another great thing about the sheet solution- sheets usually come in higher thread counts than quilt fabric does- so it makes a really tough quilt.  I have one that I made this way that is going on 10 years old.  I wash it at least twice a month (so it is heavily used) and the quilt top has been repaired a number of times from wearing out- but the backing is still in really great condition.

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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2008 09:59:36 PM »

I found some 108 inch wide fabric on clearance at Hancocks of Paducah for $2-$3/yard (I forget now, but it was really cheap). 

If you end up patching together fabric, adding it in the middle makes it look intentional instead of 'oops, ran out of fabric'.

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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2008 07:32:55 PM »

Just piece together fabric that matches and is relevant to your quilt top. This would make an interesting back surface.  Think of the back as a second design element.

I do not care for sheets... the thread count is way too high and the machine makes a "popping noise" during the quilting.  It also plays havoc with your tension.  If you are using a professional machine quilter for this last step, discuss this with them as many machine quilters do not accept sheets as a backing.

If cost is a consideration, many quilt stores have a bargain fabric section of good quality fabric on sale for up to 40-50% off.  Good luck!


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