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    Help.. I'm brain dead on this one.

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    Making a Christmas present for my 12 year old grandson. I've got the quilt put together, but for the life of me can't think of a "fun" backing. Spent 1 hour looking on a fabric website and couldn't find fabric that inspired me. I have at least 2 yards of the Route 66 print left, but it's not enough to completely cover the back. Any ideas? I seem to be at a loss here.

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    Add a border around the two yards with a solid color. Nice quilt!
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    I have seen map fabric which would be cute. I think I just saw some at Joann's last week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillCountryGal View Post
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    Making a Christmas present for my 12 year old grandson. I've got the quilt put together, but for the life of me can't think of a "fun" backing. Spent 1 hour looking on a fabric website and couldn't find fabric that inspired me. I have at least 2 yards of the Route 66 print left, but it's not enough to completely cover the back. Any ideas? I seem to be at a loss here.
    I have seen fabric with stop signs, yield etc...maybe you can find some of that. I am sure whatever you use will be nice

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    Just wanted to say that your quilt is great. I'm sure your GS will love it no matter what you put on the back.

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    Great looking quilt! A very lucky boy.

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    ditto ... scrappy back using your route 66 fabric

    Or if you want a change there is fabric that has road signs on it.

    And what about a total change? How about the fabric that looks like clouds as that way you could keep the blue and white coodinating on the back. Or ocean waves.
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    i like the map fabric idea. and also that is a very nice quilt. a very lucky boy indeed...

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    I bought some black & white checked, looks like the checker flag at a race, can also be used as a giant checkers game. Good luck, I'm sure you'll get ideas and I think yoru quilt is great
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    How about vintage cars?

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    Fabric.com has lots of juvenile fabrics that would work. I've seen roads with cars on them.

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    Route 66 is all about diners and food! A great fabric with diners and diner food?
    Got fabric?

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    I've seen muscle car fabric that would be great for the back of this quilt.

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    Nice quilt!! Does he have a favorite race car driver? I like the checkered flag design or the road map ideas

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    Thanks y'all. Great ideas.

    They got me to thinking in a different direction and that's exactly what was needed. Think I need to make a trip to a real fabric store (what a problem ). I had bought some black & while checked that makes you think of Nascar flags but, the black and white just didn't look right with all that blue. Depending on what I find at the store, the black and white might work in somehow for the backing.

    **This was like a virtual quilt meeting. Cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillCountryGal View Post
    Thanks y'all. Great ideas.

    They got me to thinking in a different direction and that's exactly what was needed. Think I need to make a trip to a real fabric store (what a problem ). I had bought some black & while checked that makes you think of Nascar flags but, the black and white just didn't look right with all that blue. Depending on what I find at the store, the black and white might work in somehow for the backing.

    **This was like a virtual quilt meeting. Cool.
    I think the checkered flag look on it's own might be just too much! Breaking it with the lefltover fabrics from the front would work perfectly. They could each be the same width, or if it was me, I'd probably go with variable widths of all.
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    My grandson would love that!!
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    It would be cool if you could make it look like a road. Black with a white line on sides and yellow strips down the middle.

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    There's some (new?) Rte 66 fabric previewed on Martha's quits today. Maybe you could combine some of it??

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    I would just use what you have and make borders around it until it's the size you need. I've done it plenty of times and it looks very nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by lfstamper View Post
    Add a border around the two yards with a solid color. Nice quilt!
    this one sounds the best - could be reversible that way.

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    Nice quilt, he will enjoy what ever backing you put on it.
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    piece your back together. that way it makes it a 2 sided quilt. I do it all the time.
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    Nice quilt! He's a lucky grandson!! I like the cars suggestion.
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