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Thread: How to cut for backing fabric

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    Junior Member totosmom's Avatar
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    Bedford Co, PA
    Quote Originally Posted by amh View Post
    I have never used it, but have a look at this site.


    Seems to me that you do not conserve any fabric, but maybe you do.

    I am a big fan of the John Flynn method because it DOES conserve fabric, a lot of it!

    I've been making charity quilts about 42 X 54. According to the standard method, they require 3 1/3 yds of backing. Using the Flynn method, I use only 2 yds. Significant savings.

    For a visual explanation of the technique, try this link:


    Then scroll down to "Diagonal Pieced Back
    Click here to print these instructions" and click on the link. There you will get a PDF with drawings that show just how it works. Then I would go back to


    to calculate the yardage of fabric needed.

    I would just add one caution: because you have created a bias seam, work carefully and avoid tugging or pulling the fabric at any time. My first one wasn't perfect, but practice makes perfect, and my last one (made yesterday) is pretty darn good.

    Hope this helps!
    Dorothy in PA

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    Senior Member starlite's Avatar
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    Charlotte, Michigan
    Thank you so much(Totosmom)! This is e
    xactly what I was looking for. I knew someone would remember.
    Last edited by starlite; 12-04-2012 at 06:40 AM. Reason: adding name

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    I've seen it where the backing was sewn down BOTH LONG SIDES like a tube. Then one of the pieces was cut DOWN THE MIDDLE of one of the panels. This way you have one panel in the center and half a panel on each side. You also don't really lose any fabric because you can trim the excess in long strips which can also double as binding strips.
    This is how I did mine, I had a white backing and didn't want the one seam line to be obvious so I did the
    tube method and it turned out great.

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