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Thread: How do you choose the backing for your quilts?

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    Super Member suezquilts's Avatar
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    I hope this picture turns out. I just took a class for my computerized machine. The picture is of one pattern, set 2 ways to make a block. In a quilt like this you can set a block every other one, and have a great look.
    Here is the website if the pic doesn't show up.


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    I will generally choose a backing that coordinates with the front, not necessarily matchy matchy, but one that will really showcase the quilting on the back as well as the front, thus having two quilts in one...

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    I would go with a backing that compliments either the quilting that you are going to do, or the fabric on the front but then again it is up to you. I think that a nice red print would look wonderful, especially if you are able to get it in a backing size. but again it is up to you.

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    Super Member 0tis's Avatar
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    Sometimes I use one of the colors from the front - but lately I have been using muslin - also picked up a bamboo/cotton blend - that is super soft - really liking using those for the back and much cheaper also.

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    i would go with a cafe ole' color.

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    I try to match it to the binding.

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    I most often use a sheet for quilt backings as I always machine quilt and sheets really keep the cost down as most quilting fabric in Canada retails between $12-$18 a metre. I always buy King sized sheets when they are on sale and can often get cotton ones for $10. In my sheet bin I know I have a couple of beige/tan mottly sheets which would complement your quilt nicely. It would have to be a very special quilt (daughter's wedding) for me to even think of buying yardage for a quilt backing.

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    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
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    A really great floral would look good on the back. I don't usually do matchy matchy but I like to coordinate.

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    Livonia, New York
    Quote Originally Posted by EIQuilter
    I hope this works! Here's a pic of your quilt with some quilting ideas on it. You could do an overall fill design in the beige blocks - that would really make your stars "pop." Or, if you used a flower-like design (as shown) in the center of the star, you could carry that design into the beige blocks.

    For backing - that's totally your choice. Sometimes I choose a fabric that plays nicely with the front - same color scheme, for instance. Other times, I go with something radically different. In this case, I'd probably try to find something that had both beige and red in it - a toile would be nice.
    that is so awesome how you can do this!!

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    Super Member plainpat's Avatar
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    I also like a backing that looks good with the pieced top.A color from the front or a nice off white muslin would work.You can often find wide backs at several on line shops, including Thousands of Bolts.

    Quote Originally Posted by sandyl
    I have just completed a Twinkling Stars quilt top. Stars are various reds set on various shades of beiges and tan squares. Now, I can't decide on the backing. Or on the quilting that I will have done. Just wondering what/if any criteria do you use when making this decision. I am stumped!

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