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Thread: Backing for Strippy Quilt

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    Super Member Nolee's Avatar
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    I am about to start a strippy quilt but wondered if you absolutely HAVE TO use a backing. What problems arise if you just do the strips on the diagonal, cut them into squares and then sew them together? I've never done a strippy except on potholders.

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    i am assuming you are talking about not using a foundation?
    we use the foundation for stability. if you are not concerned about the strips getting a little wonky you sure can do with out. i use foundation because for me it is easier and faster to put them together...but that's just me. if you don't want to use a foundation try it without and see how it goes.

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    I don't know about backing but I love your avatar, ck.

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    Super Member Nolee's Avatar
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    Thank you :) It is a rug in front of a fireplace actually. The picture is sideways. It is on the floor of a new home of a friend and I took it so I could make a quilt that would match it perfectly.

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    Hee Hee - picture on side. I never would have guessed. Now a quilt using these colors and design will be beautiful. Do post when you finish it.

    As for foundations, I really prefer to use them because it makes the seams go perfectly straight and quick. As for cost, I use the cheapest fabric found as it is just that--a base. Muslin works fine too but then again one can find cheaper stuff anyplace and it does not matter because it will never be seen. Therefore, I have stripped block from leftovers sewn upon junk fabric, next to regular batting and finally the backside of a better quality fabric. Makes for a nice quilt. Good luck.

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