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Thread: Hi from missouri

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    Junior Member iwillquilt's Avatar
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    I am new to quilting. Actually I haven't quilted anything yet. I have pieced two tops and am ready to get to the quilty part. I have a question however. Why does the backing have to be 4 inches larger that the top? I pieced the backin as well as the top to make this a multi versital quilt. Looks like I am going to have to use my inventivness to add another 4 inches. But I am really curious as to the why? Hope someone can help me.

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    Hello, and welcome from Idaho!

    I know the extra is important on the longarm, but I don't know about domestic machines.

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    Hello and Welcome from Germany! I'm not a piecer, I only do handquilting - but I'm sure you will get your answers.

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    Hello and welcome from England !

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!!

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    Welcome from southeastern PA!

    If your doing the quilting yourself - not longarm - you just need to make sure your backing is a bit larger than the quilt top so that when you trim or square it up before binding, you don't come up short with the backing.

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    Hello and welcome from SW Iowa. Glad to have you here.

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    Hello and Welcome to the board :D:D:D

    If the backing pulls in due to the quilting, it may end up shorter than the top. I am not sure why the quilt top doesn't do this as much, maybe the piecing gives it more "give?"
    I think the more heavily you quilt a top, the more of an issue this may be JMHO :D:D:D

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    welcome!

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    Hello and welcome to the board!

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