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Thread: Buying the wrong backing twice!

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    Sew all those "border" strips together into one long strip. Then put together like a jelly roll quilt.
    Sew them all up for charity quilts. Use the fabric you don't like for the backs.
    That gets stuff out of the house that you don't know what else to do with.
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    If I have a quilt top that is "persnickety" about color, I take the top with me shopping so I can find the right color or pattern. I tend to be fussy about my backing matching, so many times I get backing fabric when I am buying the fabric for the front. Since most of mine are considered "gifts" I want everything to be just right, not "just good enough".

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    I donít always care about the backing matching the front. Sometimes I use ugly fabric for the back regardless of matching just to use up the fabric. Other times I have to buy fabric for matching the front. Depends what or who the quilt is for.

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    Backing always sends me to the store to purchase something I think will "go" with the quilt. I usually settle for a blender, I have learned to only use blender colors that I like. Years ago, when I purchased a mattress in college, the salesman said,"Don't worry about the fabric on the mattress, it's always covered up by the sheet." But, everytime I changed those sheets I cringed at that hideous fabric. I don't want someone to cringe at that hideous back.

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    I shop at backsidefabrics.com. They will send you free swatches of up to 10 fabrics, and then you can order what you like. I Love their fabrics. They have up to 118" wide. Service is great. Prices are extremely reasonable. They have a huge selection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    I, too, like my backings to coordinate with the tops. If I have not bought all the fabrics at the same time for a quilt, I will usually take the completed (or mostly complete) top with me while I shop so I do get a fabric that works with the top. In lieu of that I will at least take scraps from the top so I have a clue what shades work best. Then again, you get a specific color in your head and can't find what you want.....
    I do the same thing. It makes for fewer mistakes in color coordination.
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    One thing that Feline Fanatic brought up that I think is a very good point - if you are going to do some "out there" quilting, it's best to use a plain backing so the quilting will show. I've put a lighter neutral shade on a black with bright colored top because I was doing a lot of black thread quilting and I did want it to show on the back. A wild print on the back is great if you don't want the quilting to show - there are no seams or corners in the back to hide stops and starts -so all that shows very well.

    I do make plenty of quilts that I'm more particular about the backing as they are made for someone specific, but the majority of what I make - I make because i want to and have no idea who is going to end up with it. And it is better to have them finished than "perfect" so when I get a backload of tops (like 10 -15) sitting in a pile, I will pick backing from stash that is good enough and get them out to the LA to get them quilted.
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    I have been know to buy the backing first and build the quilt around it. Or I take the quilt top with me when looking for backing. I don't trust the pictures online and my hubby is excellent picker-outer! I always take him with me.
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    I have one backing that I am not pleased with - too bright, but I'm using it. It's for a bed and my son would never leave a bed unmade, so basically it won't be seen.Why use it? I live on a pension, I don't want more fabric in storage, etc. My son and his wife are hunters so I can tell them I used it because 'Hunter orange'.

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    Everything on my quilt has to match. Thatís just how I am.

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    Quote 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.
    Same here. I will usually buy wide fabric for big quilts (full size bed or bigger) that blend well with the front. On smaller quilts, I try to use my stash and have done several pieced backs that I really like.

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    Take 2.5 yards of each of those fabrics and put them together with bat between and make a whole cloth quilt. If you donít particularly like it, donate it. Someone will love it. You will still have 1.5 yards of each fabric to use as stach or cut into 2.5 strips and make a jelly roll quilt or rug or a bowl. So many things out there on Pinterest or you tube. Use the internet to come up with ideas! Use it up. Just my 2 cents.

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    If I'm not sure about the fabric, I buy 1/4 yard, and take it home to see if it "works." I can always use the 1/4 yard for church projects.
    On my last quilt, it needed queen size backing plus the 4" for the LAer. SO, I went to Walmart, bought a cotton sheet for $11. Took it home, washed it and the LAer was very pleased with the sheet fabric. It was soft and worked up well.
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    I'm with you, Cathy! Linda Hahn of Frog Hollow Designs was a guest speaker at our guild and she's not troubled by backing matches either. She found a darling frog print and bought the whole bolt. Then she backed everything with it!

    Our bee does only charity quilts. I am the main "backer" and I can't afford to angst over the backs. I generally can find a good match within our donation fabrics or my stash but I can't spend much time when often I have 30 or more tops every month to find backings for. Linda's presentation really was freeing for me!

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    I am particular about my backings, however, I have learned never buy backing and sometimes even borders until the quilt is finished and take the quilt with me. I have bought as many as three borders for mone quilt. I know that is part of the reason my stash is big. I do try to get a backing that coordinates with the front in some way. It doesnt have to be exact same colors. I was glad I got over having to use something in the quilt as backing. Goodluck on finding the right fabrics.

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    My stash has grown considerably also because of a mismatch of backings. Since I do most of my fabric shopping online anymore it is not like I can take the top with me. When I am planning a quilt I will consider the top. Occasionally I will find a matching print and then I buy it with the fabrics for the entire quilt at the same time. If not I will most likely use a related blender as I mentioned before. Maybe I should consider buying at a brick and mortar store and take the top with me for a better finish. It could start a new way of looking at backings. I do hope this is giving you as many ideas as it is giving me.

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    We seem to be polar opposites! I want the backing to complement the top. Even for charity quilts. Not saying exact match, as there simply is no way to ensure that, especially with charity quilts. But complementing the top is important to me.
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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    We seem to be polar opposites! I want the backing to complement the top. Even for charity quilts. Not saying exact match, as there simply is no way to ensure that, especially with charity quilts. But complementing the top is important to me.
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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    Quote 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 quite often go right "off grid" with backings. I like to use flannel and the options are more limited - since I am not made of money. Made a quilt for DD that was yellow, green, blue on the front and the backing was an awful green/orange combo. Used scraps from the front to make the binding and there was enough green to compliment the backing. At the time I couldn't afford a coordinating backing.
    Would probably do better if I made it today. But I always use prints for the backing since I machine quilt on my DSM and prints are forgiving....
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    When I am trying to coordinate fabrics, even when I can see them in the store, I take them outside and view them in natural light before they are cut from the bolt. I find too often that the lighting in the store will distort the true colors in the fabrics and threads. This is especially true of fluorescent lighting, even the so-called "daylight" bulbs.
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