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Thread: LAQ adding a new back to a commercial quilt spread

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    Senior Member petthefabric's Avatar
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    LAQ adding a new back to a commercial quilt spread

    I've never run across this before. A lady called saying she'd bought a commercial king size quilted spread and it slips off the bed. So she wants another back added to the spread, quilted in place. Anyone out there ever had this experience?

    I've not accepted the project. I told her (1)I'd have to see it, (2) I've never done this, (3) My table is 12 ft (110" usable space), so a king size might be too big. And, I'll rent out my maching and she can do it herself. She's bringing it by for me to look at.

    How would you advise?

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    First see if it would fit your frame. Second, see what exactly she wants done. Third, how is the original quilting done, how would further quilting affect the design already there. Fourth, after all that do you still want to do it!
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    Such a strange request! I wonder if instead of quilting another backing onto the quilt, she could attach a piece of fabric (flannel? so it doesn't slip?) using snaps or ties at the edges of the quilt (and maybe some in between if necessary). Then it wouldn't affect the look of the quilt, and she could remove the backing when she washes it. I also wonder if it will keep on sliding after it's been washed a few times. (I also wonder if she realizes how expensive it will be to buy the yardage to put on the back - assuming she's not just using a kingsize sheet - and to have it professionally longarmed.)

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    Thank you. This includes some things I'd not thought of.

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    Since she just wants another layer added....I would suggest flannel and some very basic straight lines to tack into place....doesn't require close quilting as the batting is already quilted down....straight lines shouldn't interfere too much with the original quilting pattern.....how she is going to finish the edges is another story....LOL

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    If you added a flannel panel down the center, size of the actual bed, it would not have to go to the edges either on the sides or at the bottom. Could be serged or turned under and hem stitched down. Then hand stitched, basted, snaps, velcro tabs, ties could hold it in place. The front wouldn't be affected at all, and the back panel could be removed for washing. No long arm needed, and you could roll up the edges and center on your table to make it work. Cheap and easy...if she sews she could do it!

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    I remember the same question came from a customer to the store where I worked. Our "quilting Guru" added a coordinating color cotton fabric to the satin back. She kind of birthed it. Sewed on the front and turned it inside out and then traced a few lines from the top quilting.

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    Hi ladies I have a similar problem with my quilt I wish the answer was so easy. I wake up without the quilt over me and a pile on the floor.when I pick it up out tumble my three dogs.
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    I would run not walk away from this can of worms. You could end up paying for a king size ...whatever she has...

    And no way would I rent my machine out for this. She wanted store bought and she got store bought. We can't say yes to every request. I just turned down a request for a wall hanging. It was hard to say no, but it was the right thing to do.
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    Silver Needle-I think you're right, "I would run not walk away from this can of worms. You could end up paying for a king size ...whatever she has...

    And no way would I rent my machine out for this."

    A friend told me her quilt was fine on the bed until she put another quilt on top of it. She thinks it slides off due to the weight and adding another layer to it would only make it heavier and the problem worse.

    So I think I could try, but no guarantee it would improve the situation, and totally ruin my reputation.

    Thanks so much for your help. Sure glad I asked. I'm going to decline this job.

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