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    Old 11-29-2012, 05:37 PM
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    Default 108" backing fabric vs 42" quilting fabric

    Is there a difference in quality of a backing fabric and a regular 42" quilting fabric? In other words is the thread count the same in name brands such as moda for example, so that I could cut up a backing to piece for the top?
    I use a lot of vanilla/cream/beiges in most of my tops so thought this might be good option.

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    Old 11-29-2012, 05:40 PM
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    The wide backings I have used are absolutely wonderful - I do love the Moda fabric alot and I have been very happy with the 108" that I purchased and used - it was very soft to the touch - almost a silky feel to it and it worked great- I don't think there is a difference in the thread count - I absolutely love using the wide fabrics when I can.
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    Old 11-29-2012, 06:01 PM
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    so do I. I often use my backing scraps in tops. I mostly buy them A Thousand Bolts. All have been top quality.
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    Old 11-29-2012, 06:31 PM
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    The backings we carry in the quilt shop where I work are 100% cotton. Same quality as quilting fabric, just wider. I have often used leftovers from the wide backings in pieced quilt tops.
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    Like any other fabric there could be a variance in quality. I've seen varied quality (thread count, feel (hand), etc) from the same manufacturer in an LQS.

    Some of the wide fabrics are the same as the regular ... just wider. I know Northcott makes some of their Stonehenge in 108" and it's the same quality as the 45".
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    Old 11-29-2012, 07:03 PM
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    As a long arm quilter I love wide backings for my own as well as client quilts. I often order wide fabric from Sew Batik
    Http://www.sewbatik.com for myself and for clients. Their quality is similar to any other Batik I've used.
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    Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    Like any other fabric there could be a variance in quality. I've seen varied quality (thread count, feel (hand), etc) from the same manufacturer in an LQS.

    Some of the wide fabrics are the same as the regular ... just wider. I know Northcott makes some of their Stonehenge in 108" and it's the same quality as the 45".
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    I use the wide backings and make backings from regular quilt fabric, just depends how I want to do it. I only make quilts to keep or give away and need to please myself.
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    Old 11-30-2012, 07:05 AM
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    I dont make many large bed size quilts and am to cheap to buy backing fabric. So I use Joanns $7 higher quality 120in wide muslin. When the quilting is done it looks great on the back and shows off the quilting design that my long arm quilter does.
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    I usually order mine from Marshall's Dry Goods or Christian Lane - the quality and service is good.
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