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Buying the wrong backing twice!

Old 07-11-2019, 07:22 AM
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Backings are the bane of my existence! I always love watching the MSQC tutorials when Jenny says something like ....and look at this backing, isn’t it cute? we used 8 yards ...... all I can think is that’s 100 bucks! The problem is I do care what the back looks like. It the quilt is wide enough to use a wide back I tend to stick with a blender that goes with the front. I like that the scraps are quite useful. A couple of times I have gotten lucky and months later found a print from the same fabric line as the front on the clearance rack. Either way the most I have spent on backing is $40 and I hope to keep it that way!
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Old 07-11-2019, 07:59 AM
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Finding matching fabrics--ugh ! I try to take a piece of fabric I need to match to the stores then move to windows to try to get true colors and even with that, sometimes I have to settle !
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:00 AM
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Cattitude I laughed and agreed with what you said about Jenny's tutorials when she is talking about the backing. I too care what the back looks like and while I am inclined to be really matchy-matchy, keeping the cost of the backing down trumps my desire for the perfect backing fabric. Lately I have been finding the backing first out of my stash, then choosing fabrics for the top that will be compatible. Otherwise I do tried to find something as close as possible out of my stash, but if I don't have anything I try to find clearance fabric for the back. My goal is to keep backing fabric no more than $20. Not always doable, but again, it's the goal.
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted by lindaschipper View Post
I made a quilt top that has actual pineapples shapes on it in tones of yellows, golds, greens of course for the pineapples. The background fabric is dark red which makes the pineapples "pop".
Can you post a picture please?
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Old 07-11-2019, 09:02 AM
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I like my backings to be "compatible" - but they do not need to "match" the fronts.

My thing is that the bindings have to look okay with both sides.
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
I like my backings to be "compatible" - but they do not need to "match" the fronts.

My thing is that the bindings have to look okay with both sides.
I agree binding and backing have to go together...But since most of my stuff is wall hangings I just try my best to find something in my stash that picks up some color on the front and goes w/binding. I've never had anyone come into my hse and look at the back...They are just stunned by the beauty of my fronts!

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Old 07-11-2019, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
I like my backings to be "compatible" - but they do not need to "match" the fronts.

My thing is that the bindings have to look okay with both sides.
I agree with this. Sometimes I get lucky and have enough of a fabric in my stash to do the back. Otherwise, it's a trip to the LQS. They have a good stock of wide backing fabrics mostly in blenders that I have used extensively. If the quilt is small, like the baby quilt I just made, I often have enough for the back. I actually used the print on the back on the top also and pulled colors from it for the rest of the top. Otherwise, I just tote the top up to the LQS and purchase some backing that is compatible.
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:42 AM
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You can return the Hobby Lobby fabric within 30 days. I like my backings to coorinate with my front, but not necessarily match.
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Old 07-11-2019, 12:47 PM
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Have you looked at the "back" side? I often do that in piecing! Nothing wrong with that!
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:59 PM
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If I have a backing fabric that is close to colors used in the front I will use it. I try to make sure the binding looks good with both sides. I only get picky if it is for our bed. I figure it doesn't matter so much for the donation quilts which is what I mostly make. Warmth is more important than everything matching.
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