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Thread: Can you quilt with back side up?

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    If you're using the same thread in the bobbin can you quilt with the back side up? The reason I'm asking is because the markings would show up much better on the back.

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    I have seen quilts that followed a pattern on the backing fabric and it looked great. So I would say yes you can.
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    I had a whole book from the library on quilting from the backing side, so the answer has to be yes. By using a patterned backing, there was some interesting quilting done.

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    Yes, you can. I don't, because I want to see the top as I quilt it.

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    Yes, lots of people use the backing as the pattern that they follow to quilt, so the bobbin thread is on the top of the quilt.

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    There's a very good book about this very thing called "Quilting Back to Front" by Larraine Scouler. I haven't tried it yet but want to. Here is her website:
    http://www.pnc.com.au/~scouler/B2F/

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    "Can you quilt with back side up?"

    Ohhhhh, you mean the backside of the quilt, I thought you were talking about my backside being up. hehehe

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    yes you can benartex actually sells backing fabric already marked with quilt designs for this very reason.

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    Thanks! I was getting REALLY frustrated because no matter what I used to mark the quilting pattern with it wasn't showing up well enough to follow. I was about to pull my hair out. Quilting on the back is soooooo much better and will help me keep my sanity too. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kraftykimberly
    "Can you quilt with back side up?"

    Ohhhhh, you mean the backside of the quilt, I thought you were talking about my backside being up. hehehe
    I know we have to be contortionists to do this but that's going a bit too far. LOL!!!

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    sounds scary!

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    this is an interesting topic. thanks all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kraftykimberly
    "Can you quilt with back side up?"

    Ohhhhh, you mean the backside of the quilt, I thought you were talking about my backside being up. hehehe
    I know, right? I was hoping no one would ask for a picture... :oops:

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    if you want to---who would know except you? when the quilt is finished- no one knows how you do any of it except you- unless you choose to share (or tell on yourself)you can quilt it any way you want to....it's your project

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    Yes, I've done it. The only problem I had was a corner loosened up from the spray baste and folded over underneath. If I had basted the entire outside edge, that wouldn't have happened. It came out good other than that little fix.

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    Sounds good to me!

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    sounds interesting! I would try this

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    yes you can benartex actually sells backing fabric already marked with quilt designs for this very reason.
    I didn't know that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becka
    Quote Originally Posted by kraftykimberly
    "Can you quilt with back side up?"

    Ohhhhh, you mean the backside of the quilt, I thought you were talking about my backside being up. hehehe
    I know, right? I was hoping no one would ask for a picture... :oops:
    :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becka
    Quote Originally Posted by kraftykimberly
    "Can you quilt with back side up?"

    Ohhhhh, you mean the backside of the quilt, I thought you were talking about my backside being up. hehehe
    I know, right? I was hoping no one would ask for a picture... :oops:
    DH just asked why I was cracking up. LOL

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    YES YOU CAN !!! Sometimes it is easier to mark the backing of a quilt. GOOD LUCK !!! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Quote Originally Posted by Becka
    Quote Originally Posted by kraftykimberly
    "Can you quilt with back side up?"

    Ohhhhh, you mean the backside of the quilt, I thought you were talking about my backside being up. hehehe
    I know, right? I was hoping no one would ask for a picture... :oops:
    DH just asked why I was cracking up. LOL
    I'm sure he understood when you told him it was just those goofy people on the quilting forum. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2
    YES YOU CAN !!! Sometimes it is easier to mark the backing of a quilt. GOOD LUCK !!! :lol:
    It's going much easier! Not fighting with it and making it a chore instead of something I enjoy.

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    I've seen many quilts done this way, my main problem is getting the tension exactly right so the "wrong" side which in this case will now be the "right" side, looks exactly the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    I've seen many quilts done this way, my main problem is getting the tension exactly right so the "wrong" side which in this case will now be the "right" side, looks exactly the same.
    I didn't think about that until I had done quite a bit of quilting but so far so good. Keep your fingers crossed. :-)

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