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Thread: does it matter which way backing goes

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    Hi everyone,

    I am making a whole cloth quilt for my daughter. The top is Tricot (a nylon fabric that slips are made of). The width of this fabric is 108". I asked at the LQS, and the longarmer told me it didn't matter which way the width went. The quilt is going to be a twin size, just extra long, which is what my daughter wants. The backing is also 108" wide. I was able to get 2 yards of tricot and wondered if it matters on the backing which way it goes. Do I have to put the 108" width, which means I have to cut off extra on the sides, or can I make the width the length?

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    I am careful of grain only on quilts that will be hung ( to prevent sagging), but for a bed quilt, just do what works.

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    I've done the backing both ways, depending on which way gave me the most economical use of my fabric and $$$. However, I've never used any type of nylon in my quilts, so I don't know if that will make a difference.

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    Interesting topic, I never new about this. Learn something new every day on the QB!

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    I usually put the backing on whichever way works so I have to cut it the least. I don't know if the nylon would make any difference or not as I haven't worked with it.

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    Thanks for your responses. I like to be able to use fabric in the most economical way as well. As for the tricot (nylon) it really does not make a difference. Yay. I can get it backed today and start quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raggiemom
    I usually put the backing on whichever way works so I have to cut it the least. I don't know if the nylon would make any difference or not as I haven't worked with it.
    Same for me, I try to save the $$$.

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    I don't think it matters which way the backing goes, either. My only concern would be how it's going to be quilted. If by hand, does a needle go through it easily? If by machine, is the needle going to cause the fabric to develop runs? I haven't figured out how others can use some of the blended fabrics without the runs. I'll be curious to see your results. Why did you choose tricot fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkabasketlady
    Quote Originally Posted by Raggiemom
    I usually put the backing on whichever way works so I have to cut it the least. I don't know if the nylon would make any difference or not as I haven't worked with it.
    Same for me, I try to save the $$$.
    ditto here

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    Even on bed quilts I make sure the backing is lengthwise grain going top to bottom to avoid undue stretching. The tops of bed quilts get tugged on a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKrenning
    I don't think it matters which way the backing goes, either. My only concern would be how it's going to be quilted. If by hand, does a needle go through it easily? If by machine, is the needle going to cause the fabric to develop runs? I haven't figured out how others can use some of the blended fabrics without the runs. I'll be curious to see your results. Why did you choose tricot fabric?
    I chose tricot because I have two quilts made of tricot and they make really nice quilts. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the tricot is used to make temple quilts for weddings. It is nice and soft and for doing whole cloth quilts they are great.

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    Since I like to use pieced backings with planned over blocks, I don't see what the difference is for a bed quilt.

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    Interesting fabric choice, thanks for sharing!

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    Do you find that the quilts with that tricot backing tend to slip off the bed during sleep because the backing is so slick? And the stitching never causes a runner?

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    I do find that if a tricot quilt is backed with tricot, they do slide off the bed. Both of my quilts are that way. I back mine with either flannel, cotton, or poly/cotton blends and they stay on much better. I have never had a problem with the quilting causing running, it is usually my ring that causes that.

    I love these quilts and they are really warm. I have a list of quilts to do that are for one of my best friends married children (my kids refer to her as grandma), and one for my daughter and son-in-law, after I get the one done I am working on for my granddaughter. My niece is finally having a girl after 5 boys, so I am thinking I will do one for her as well.

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