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Thread: Idea for backing on my next quilt...Rough Draft picture included

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    Senior Member tngal22's Avatar
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    Idea for backing on my next quilt...Rough Draft picture included

    Hubby requested a quilt made out of his old uniforms and T-Shirts. I have everything but a couple tshirt cut out and interfaced. He does not want a binding so I just have to figure out the backing. He said, just for me, he would like Red, White and Blue type backing. Any suggestions? Is there a flag type backing or something similar? The quilt will be big, about 98" x 84" so the backing will either have to be pieced or find a 108" backing.

    Thanks for looking!




    Oh and the last square I am having embrodied with his name and the info on his deployments.

    I asked on MSCO forum too, in case you post there and see it twice.
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    I just made one for my son out of army fabrics and old uniforms too. I'm putting the army fabric on the back. It's out there if you look I bought it years ago and my ex husband was nice enough to give his old uniforms because the fabric had BDU. Or if you want it warm I would put fleece or flannel since the uniforms aren't the softest material. Good luck!! I also took the name plates off the BDU's and put them on the quilt. Love your quilt!!
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    This is the time of year when patriotic and red/white/blue fabric should be hitting the shelves, so it should be easy to find. I just posted this method on another thread, it might be a good idea for your piecing your backing from regular 44" wide quilting fabric.

    http://flynnquilt.danemcoweb.com/workshop/FreeLessons/

    scroll down halfway to "diagonal pieced back"

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    Thanks so much Peckish for the link, I need to try this method. I have seen it before and most times my quilts are large than these.

    The Army quilt will be very nice.
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    If he doesn't want bindin, what are you going to do on the edge? Or did you mean he doesn't want a border?

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    He said no binding. I had seen where you sew the top to the batting then sew on the backing and flip out. I am not sure of that will be sturdy enough for this size quilt though. Any thoughts?

    And I think I will do a natural backing and sew on some of his patches in a section. I think that would look better.

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    I think you could do it that way, then after turning inside out I would do some type of topstitch around the edges, possibly a decorative stitch....it will strengthen the edges considerably....the quilting will also strengthen and stabilize the entire quilt.

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    Thanks. I planned to topstitch the edges if I went that route....and since this is his quilt, I want to do like he wants but in a way it will last also.
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    Top stitching would be needed. I may even do 2 rows if I didn't use a decorative stitch.

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