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Thread: Backing.....what do you do .....???

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    My long armer wants the selvedges off. So, I cut them off. I make my backs interesting. I add to them. They've never been solid except one. I always use different fabrics for the back, jazz it up. My LAer doesn't care if the seam is down or across so I do down. I usually have 6-8 pieces in my backing, at least, if not more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    ok....so I have been sewing, piecing and quilting for ever.....
    was working on 'sandwiching' a lap quilt today and wondering......what do you consider a 'general rule'
    for backing fabric....
    Print or solid.....
    seam down seam across.....
    cut off salvage edge ????
    match bobbin thread to backing color or.....
    match bobbin thread to top thread so it doesn't show on top ?????
    Use a print if you are learning and/or don't want your stitches to show too much on the back.
    Seams vertical or horizontal depends on how much fabric you have, not so much on the look because once it's quilted it is almost invisible anyway. I like to cut off selvedges because they will sometimes pucker after washing and be unattractive. I'm more concerned about matching the top with the thread than the back, but when possible the bobbin should match the backing. If tension is correct it shouldn't pull through to the top. All these are just my opinion. That's one of things I love about quilting...you can really just do what you want. It's your quilt.

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    Well, I use Joannes coupons for 40 to 50% off one cut of fabric and get the 90" wide good smooth muslin....I have a hard time putting large pieces of lovely fabric on the back of quilts when I could use it for another quilt top. With 90" wide muslin I usually don't have to worry about piecing the back....if I do use regular fabric I seam it together with about a 1" seam----then snip into the selvage every 3 to 4 inches.....works for me and what I was taught by another quilter.

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    Sometimes I use w on w or ow on ow, fabric that has nothing to do with the top. Sometimes fabric that is in the top. Sometimes wide backing fabric. Just depends on who is gettting it. I always cut off all selveges, If its pieced I sew an 1/2" seam and press open.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justme CA View Post
    I buy the extra wide 108 fabrics if I can get a good price or have a coupon at JoAnn's. It saves time and looks nice even wrong side up on the bed. I usually make queen sized quilts with this backing. If I am making smaller quilts I sometimes piece them but that is double trouble.
    hi i do the same, use the wide backing, with what ever backing suits the theme of the front, stitching can be seen or not, up to you. I try to make the back look good too, so you end up with two looks for on the bed etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    for backing fabric....
    Print or solid..... depends on the top- often a print

    seam down seam across.....across since i'm a long armer---always across---if not being long armed it does not matter so much.

    cut off salvage edge ???? ALWAYS!!! the salvage is a tighter weave and will shrink differently than the rest of the fabric. the salvages should always be cut off --- then you can always save salvages & make something with them- or pass them on to people who use them for other projects.

    match bobbin thread to backing color or..... of course

    match bobbin thread to top thread so it doesn't show on top ????? if your tension is right your bobbin thread will not show on the top- the bobbin should match your back- the top thread should go with your top. even tension keeps both on their respective side.
    If I have a dark top and the bottom is light, I use a light thread for the bottom but it well show on top a tinny little speck. I have a new Bernina. I tried to get them to take it out but they say that it is supose to be that way. They told me to match both threads if I don't want it to show. Do you ever have this happen to you?
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    cut off the selvage, because it is woven tightly and could skew your quilt slightly or not have the same amount of give as the rest of the quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barb55 View Post
    If I have a dark top and the bottom is light, I use a light thread for the bottom but it well show on top a tinny little speck. I have a new Bernina. I tried to get them to take it out but they say that it is supose to be that way. They told me to match both threads if I don't want it to show. Do you ever have this happen to you?
    it sounds like the tension is slightly off, and no one wants to work on the bernina to get it corrected.

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    I have only been piece quilting forabout 2 yrs now, but I love plain muslin for the backs of my quilts. I use thread or pearl cotton (for tying) to match the top. Nobody has complained yet. smile.....Quilts for little folks I do use a matching print .

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