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Topic: Quilt Backing Advice Needed!  (Read 986 times)
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« on: July 01, 2010 11:20:01 AM »

I am making my first quilt. A crazy quilt, twin bed size. I am wondering what fabric I should use for backing. Preferably soft and will hold up for a long time. Any advice?

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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2010 04:05:08 PM »

i like to use 100% cotton for backing on any quilts that are meant to be used vs. hung up on a wall.

there are many places online and sometimes local to your area that sells what is called wide backing.

you can buy backing fabric that is oversized (like 108 inches wide vs. the standard 42-44 inches you find for piecing the top).

since this if your first quilt you might have best results by using a wide back fabric so you don't have to worry about shifting seams on both the front and the back.

« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2010 07:14:28 PM »

You could also use a high quality flannel (one that won't pill up as soon as you wash it). I backed both of my kid's first quilts with flannel and they're so soft and snuggly - even after LOTS of washings. I think many larger quilt shops and/or online retailers have 108" flannel for quilt backs as well.

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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2010 09:44:11 PM »

Thank you both for your advice. I didn't know that they made extra wide fabric! I appreciate learning from more experienced craftsters whenever possible. I greatly appreciate the time that you both took to respond to my question.

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