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Thread: Quilt backs?

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    I used the search feature to find pictures of quilt backs. I didn't have much luck.

    What do you use for the quilt backs? I know I don't want flannel and was thinking I'd put some sort of a design on it.

    I'm making a log cabin. Would it look ok to make larger squares for the back? I thought maybe 1 per corner and then maybe 1 centered in the middle.

    I don't think I have enough fabric for a border in the same color as the outer front border. Would it look strange to use a different color on the outer border as long as it was on the front of the quilt?

    Thanks for your thoughts!

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    I have only pieced one quilt back, but there have been many people who have shown their quilts that they did piece the back.

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    If you'll look through the picture section most people show pics of the back as well as the front of their quilts.

    For backings I have used sheets (I've had no problem, but some question the quality of the fabric), I've pieced the back from leftovers of the front, I've bought yardage and cut it in half then sewn the long sides together, I've bought actual backing fabric that's 108 inches wide so you just need to buy enough to cover the width of your quilt. There are many, many ways to do a backing.

    Here's a pieced back - http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-159308-1.htm

    another one
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-148289-1.htm

    This is backing fabric - http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-155863-1.htm

    Yardage that was cut and resewn - http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-154003-1.htm


    Your larger squares would work fine. I think the pieced backs are most interesting.

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    I think what you suggested will be fine.

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    It is really neat if you piece your back,a lot of quilters do it.

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    Thanks for the help and ideas! When I searched I used "quilt backs" not pieced backs. I'll try the search again with different terms.

    Thanks!

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    I piece a complete back. I get to try another pattern and get more practice. Since I have to pay for the fabric anyway, I might as well be learning.

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    I have pieced many/most quilt backs. I also use sheets sometimes. I like Ikea sheets best but they have a limited # of colors in their single sheets.. I have also used sheets with patterns that come from thrift stores after washing & drying them on hot.

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    If the quilt is a special gift I will use LQS quality fabric on the back all one type and color or pieced lift overs from the front. Wall hangings, everyday hard usage quilts, and chairety quilts I will use sheets, or good quality muslin.

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    I have seen people use many different colors and prints on the back just to make the back a back. Make sense?

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