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Old 10-13-2019, 03:51 AM
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I don’t know how I missed this post in September but I’m glad I found it this morning. Thank you Onebyone for the link to the backing formula. I’ve printed off a hard copy for future use.
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Old 10-13-2019, 05:18 AM
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I lay the backing on the carpet when I have to cut the diagonal, and use a chalk line to mark it. If I'm worried about stretching I stay stitch either side of the chalk line before cutting.
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Old 10-13-2019, 05:53 AM
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Like jmoore, I missed the Sept posting...thanks for reviving it. And thanks to all who posted links. I've heard about this method but have never had the guts to try it. Now is the time, thanks again.
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Old 10-13-2019, 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by GEMRM View Post
I lay the backing on the carpet when I have to cut the diagonal, and use a chalk line to mark it. If I'm worried about stretching I stay stitch either side of the chalk line before cutting.
Thanks for sharing. I hadn't thought of that.

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Old 10-13-2019, 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by tallchick View Post
Are you sure? This looks king size......

I think what peckish meant by size limitations is after a certain size the savings in yardage is negated and you would
use more yardage/fabric piecing a diagonal back than you would piecing it in more traditional manner. I couldn't access your link but I am familiar with the John Flynn method and his formula for figuring out how much yardage you would need to use. The link one by one posted is the one I know about and yes this method has been around for at least 10 years if not more.
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Old 10-13-2019, 10:19 AM
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A diagonal seam on the quilt backing will save fabric when the width of the quilt back is wider than the fabric width, but by no more than 50%. For normal 42-44 inch fabric, this will save you fabric on quilts backs no wider than just over 60”. If you have 60” fabric, it will work up about 90”. If you have 90” fabric, it would theoretically work up to a king, but good luck cutting a diagonal on a piece of fabric that big. It is really intended to save fabric when the backing width is a little wider than the fabric, saving the need to buy two full lengths of fabric through the magic of geometry.
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Old 10-13-2019, 02:48 PM
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While I love extra-wide backs, I usually end up piecing my backs in some form. Sometimes it's all one piece, more and more I'm incorporating more fabrics than one in the back. Geometry can be fun stuff! I've used the diagonal concept to piece fabric when my scrap had enough area but not the right shape.

I don't know if she was a little short or if this is just a little bit of fun, but I really like what IrishRose2 did in this back, perfect for when that piece is just a little too short!
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Beware, I love wild and crazy backs anyway and some quilts lend themselves to wilder and crazier than others! I took that idea and tried to replicate it here, but I just didn't put the right trim on the right piece to offset the blocks and still have the ends meet, but it was using that concept that I used these two 3 yard pieces for a twin back.
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Old 10-18-2019, 05:59 PM
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Is anyone else having trouble getting this page to load is it just my computer?
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Old 10-18-2019, 06:52 PM
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IowaStitcher, I am also unable to open the Multi-Patch link. :-(
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Old 10-18-2019, 08:36 PM
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It looks like the Multi-Patch website no longer exists. Try the links posted in posts # 9 and 20. They should still work.
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