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Thread: Piecing backing

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    Super Member pollyjvan9's Avatar
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    When I piece backs I usually put the added piece in the middle because I have a really hard time getting the side and top and bottom pieces the same size. If I add the extra in the middle I don't have to worry about that problem.

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    I get confused on how to add other fabric to backing and get backing centered on quilt. Any suggestions?

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    Senior Member lfletcher's Avatar
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    I piece it the way that uses the fabric the most efficiently. If the fabric is different, I also try to make some sort of a design even if it is just a large 4-patch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woody View Post
    I piece it which ever way wastes the least amount of fabric LOL it's too expensive here in Australia to waste even a little bit. But I do a larger seam ( around 1/2 "). It's probably not the right way but it works for me.
    Using a 1/2" seam when piecing a backing seems sensibile to me. There must be a lot of strain on that one seam, and a 1/4 inch seam seems just too close to the edge! Actually I have used a 5/8" seam there (just like in sewing clothing)
    and then have pressed the seam open. I suppose that weakens it a bit, but I don't want to be sewing over 3 thicknesses on the back as well as 3 thicknesses on the front! I do press the seams to the side on the front.

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    I do backing this way for solid and pieced. No need to have wide backing using this method.

    Got fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by judi wess View Post
    Have never used this method before, like to piece the back to make the back interesting, but when I started quilting this method was used. Most of the experienced quilters used plain muslin, it was available in wide widths. Cut the muslin in the length desired, two pieces. Remove the selvages and sew the two pieces together, face to face, lengthwise, both sides. What you have is a tube the length of the quilt, cut one layer of the tube down the middle. What you have is a large backing with seams on each side.
    Now that is ingenious!

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    Super Member Buckeye Rose's Avatar
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    If my width of fabric isn't wide enough, I split it lenthwise then add a piece/pieces in the middle. One time I had 1/2 yd pieces leftover from a bargello ...I squared them up and sewed them all together and made the backing. It had all the colors from the front side and looked great! There are no "rules" for backings....do what you feel looks good for your quilt.

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