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Thread: Help - How do I make wide backing

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    Help - How do I make wide backing

    I'm sure that I read somewhere on the board that you could cut a 45" fabric on an angle and re-sew it to make it wide enough to use as a backing fabric without having a seam either right across or up and down. Was I dreaming? The quilt is only 52" wide for an expected grand-nephew.

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    You could use fabric you like in a WOF piece then put borders on it. You don't have that far to go - about 10 inches?

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    I would cut the 45" fabric in half and put the fabric needed in the middle sew together.

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    I have seen pictures of this method and you are basically cutting the large rectangle from corner to corner on the bias. You then slide the triangles up or down until you get the right width for your backing. The problem I can foresee is resewing such a large seam on the bias. Am I missing something? I would think you would get some wobbles in the seam from stretch. Has anyone had good results using this method?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine George View Post
    You could use fabric you like in a WOF piece then put borders on it. You don't have that far to go - about 10 inches?
    I think this is what I would do. Hope whatever you chose will come out okay. Let us see.

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    Thank you everyone. The "Piecing on the Diagonal" is what I had seen. I'll have to rethink this before cutting. Knew you'd come through!

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    I wouldn't sew on the diagonal unless there was a special reason to do so. There's nothing wrong with a straight seam up or down. oops, make that across or down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I wouldn't sew on the diagonal unless there was a special reason to do so. There's nothing wrong with a straight seam up or down. oops, make that across or down.
    The benefit of a diagonal seam as opposed to a straight seam is it requires WAAAAAY less fabric than a straight seam. If the diagonal seam scares you, you can always pin it.

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    You need to have enough square inches to cover what you want.

    If you only have 1000 square inches of fabric - no matter what you do with it - it still won't cover 1500 square inches of area.

    You also need a print or design that won't 'mind' being cut on the diagonal.


    You could take a photo of the fabric, and then cup up the photo to see what it might look like.

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    I played with some paper - I used pink and blue to show the cut and what happens when it's 'slid along the diagonal'

    Where I got hung up with the concept before -

    - the 'original' piece needs to be cut from corner to corner

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    there will be some 'dog ears' on the ends that will need to be trimmed off
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