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Thread: How much fabric do I need?

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    Okay, this is probably a dumb question but I can't figure it out.

    I've just semi-completed my 2nd quilt top. I just have to sew the rows of blocks together. I need to know how much fabric I'll need for the backing.

    The quilt top measures 48" x 54" and I'm going to use a non-directional fabric for the backing. I realize that I'll probably have to piece the back, but that's not an issue.

    I'm ordering the fabric online and just want to make sure I get enough :?:

    I calculated that 2 yards was sufficient, but now I'm not so sure! Help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candela59
    Okay, this is probably a dumb question but I can't figure it out.

    I've just semi-completed my 2nd quilt top. I just have to sew the rows of blocks together. I need to know how much fabric I'll need for the backing.

    The quilt top measures 48" x 54" and I'm going to use a non-directional fabric for the backing. I realize that I'll probably have to piece the back, but that's not an issue.

    I'm ordering the fabric online and just want to make sure I get enough :?:



    I calculated that 2 yards was sufficient, but now I'm not so sure! Help!

    How wide is the fabric you plan to order. If it is only 45" you will need more.

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    It is the standard 45". It is from Moda's Gobble Gobble line.

    I used some of those fabric calculaters online and got two very different amounts. One said I needed 1 1/2 yards and another said I needed 3 1/2 yards. Geez!

    So, I figured I go to the experts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candela59
    It is the standard 45". It is from Moda's Gobble Gobble line.

    I used some of those fabric calculaters online and got two very different amounts. One said I needed 1 1/2 yards and another said I needed 3 1/2 yards. Geez!

    So, I figured I go to the experts!
    I think I would get 3 yards of 45" fabric. You could piece with the seam going across the quilt. 3 yds is 108". Cut that in half, then you would have 2 pieces 54x 90. That would leave enough for quilting. Your back should be larger that the top. Are you hand quilting, machine quilting, or having it done by a longarm quilter?

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    You'll need two yards long and 1 1/2 yards wide. so if piecing you will need 2 1/2 yards. I'd get 3 yards.

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    Thanks...I think I'll go with 3 yards...what's a few more $$ at this point, right?? LOL

    I'm going to hand quilt it. I made my daughter a quilt for Christmas and thought I would quilt it on my machine..but noooo! The neck on my little Brother is just too short. So, I wound up furiously hand quilting hers and found I love it!

    I'll post a picture of it when it is done. I have until the 3rd week of February to do the quilting...much better than the 10 days for my daughter's! Good thing it was a small lap quilt...lol

    Thanks!

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    Having extra fabric is always a good thing...you can make a pillow or other accessories out of the left overs :wink::D:D

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    Leftovers could also be used for the binding.

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    You need about 3 yards for the length but you will have quite a bit left over because one length will be a narrow piece.

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    I would get atleast 3.

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