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Thread: Piecing the back

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    I have a top finished and wasnt sure how to piece the back either, I was waiting to go to LQS to ask now I can save a trip.

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    I've done two just lately that I loved. I do a strip, either vertical or horizontal, with extra pieces from the front. This stretches the backing enough to save some. And I love the interest that it adds to the back.

    I also love the wide batik fabrics (106-108" wide). MaryJos in NC had it for right around $13 a yard. I have also used that so there is no seam at all.

    But I really do like the simple piecing the best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nance-ell
    Thanks for the replies! That diagonal looks interesting and I may try that sometime. Not sure I'm up to it for this one. I just added a picture of the background fabric. I don't think it is going to be that noticeable to have one seam off center. I thought the quilt top was the hard part with all the decisions to make! lol
    Do what you feel comfortable with, otherwise, if youare like me, you get overwhelmed & put it into the do it later pile/box- finish your quilt so you can say I DID IT!
    Good luck

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    I won't add to what everyone else has said, I just want to say - Wow! that fabric is really prettty! :)

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    it really only makes a difference how you piece your back if you are going to have the quilt (long-arm quilted) if that is the case it is better to have the seam running horizontal instead of vertical. when there is one seam running from top to bottom no matter where, middle or off set it builds up when the quilt is loaded on the bars causing the sides to be (floppy) but if the seam runs side to side then the seam lays nice and flat along the bar, no build up of layers to cause problems. but if you are quilting it on a home machine it doesn't make much difference how you put it together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeysnana
    I pieced a backing for the first time and used the tube method. it was easy.

    http://www.reddawn.net/quilt/backings.htm
    This is the method I prefer and it is easy even for large quilts.

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    The idea is not to have a seam down the middle of the backing as that is where you ususlly fold a quilt & it gets more wear there.

    I totally agree with this. A quilt my grandmother made split at the seam down the middle - how sad. Plus, it's not that much trouble to do it right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    It's not on the flynn site anymore, that I could find, but here's a pdf link:
    http://www.flynnquilt.com/media/uplo...onalpb1103.pdf

    and this blog post explains it a bit:
    http://pinkchalkstudio.com/blog/2009...-flynn-method/
    Wow now my eyes are crossed. When I piece a back I do not use a diagional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FortMyers
    Quote Originally Posted by Joeysnana
    I pieced a backing for the first time and used the tube method. it was easy.

    http://www.reddawn.net/quilt/backings.htm
    This is the method I prefer and it is easy even for large quilts.
    this is the one I use as well.

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    I say do whatever works for you and is the easiest. I don't think one way works better than another. I think people used to offset the seam because of the looser stitches years ago but with the modern machines and the close-together stitches I think a seam down the middle holds up well.

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