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Old 02-05-2009, 10:11 AM
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I have a pieced top that is 42"X48" The fabric for the backing is 2 yards and is 42" wide. How do I cut this . The quilt store said that this was enough for the backing and the binding but I don't think so. Can anyone help me with this please?
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:17 AM
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I don't know how 2 yards will work, maybe someone else can help you.
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:43 PM
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Have you seen John Flynn's pieced back method?

http://bsue.wordpress.com/2007/03/25...ng-directions/
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:14 PM
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Yes, but with a little help. You will need 5 strips of 2.5" for binding, that uses up 12.5 inches. The backing needs to be 2" larger on each side for shifting, etc, unless it is going to a long-arm then you may need more. So you need a 46 x 52 piece for the back. You start with 2 yards = 72", cut off the binding, you have aprox 59.5 left. Cut a 42 x 52 " piece, you have about 9.5" left witch means you have a 42 x 7.5" left. You can then add an extra block or two to that to get to the 52" you need and then sew that onto the 42 x 52 piece. and you will have approx 49 x 52 " back. Your extra piece of "somthing" will need to be approx 10"in length to be able to make up the extra space. See Barnbum's back from yesterday to see what I mean, sort of. Hope this helps
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:21 PM
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Or you could use a different fabric for binding, something contrasting maybe and use that other 12.5" piece to make the back all one color.
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:50 PM
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this is great help. Now, I've found contrasting binding material. So do I first cut a piece 52X42 (the width of the material) Then I have a 20X 42 piece left Do I cut this into strips that will equal 52 X7 ?
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Ye, I would cut that strip down to 2 pieces of 10x42, then you can either cut 2 pieces of 10 x 26 and join them together to get your width, with the seam in the middle of the small piece or just cut a 10 inch piece off of one and join to the other and then sew to the larger piece. Make sure you remove selveges from the edge you are sewing on to!
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Thank you for all the advise.
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Old 02-07-2009, 03:34 PM
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I love the link to the diagnal cut backing!
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