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How much larger should the backing be?

Old 09-27-2011, 06:36 AM
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In your humble opinions, which I always respectfully condsider...How much bigger should your backing be than the quilted top before putting it together.

I have an top 81" wide and I cut my material last night 84" for the backing. I'm wondering now if that is too short and it will bunch up too much when I do the "quilting" process. Should I piece it at the sides and make it larger, if so how much larger?
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Old 09-27-2011, 06:39 AM
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I usually leave mine 6 inches each side but I put them on a frame so need to hook my clamps. When I was doing fmq table top I still like 3-4 inches on each side as things will smooth out as you quilt. If you only have 1.5 inches on each side it's not leaving you much.
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:08 AM
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it depends on how and who is going to quilt it...
some long arm quilters request 4"-5" all the way around---meaning if your quilt top measures 80x90 the backing would be good at 90x100
if quilting with a domestic machine you might not need as much (not attaching to the leaders which the quilt is rolled up with on a long-arm frame)
if hand quilting it-that would require something different too-
if you are sending it out to a long-armer you need to ask that person- different ones have different (requirements)
everyone is different.
i ask for an extra 5" all the way around but when there is less it can *usually* be dealt with. more is better than less though when long-arm quilting
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Old 09-27-2011, 08:50 AM
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You didn't say how you were quilting. If you are putting on a frame you need a little more. I am working on one now and I only have about 1" on each side and it is giving me problems when I quilt on the edges because my machine hits the clamps holding my quilt in place. If I was quilting for someone else I would not be doing this, they would have to supply a larger backing piece.
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Old 09-27-2011, 08:53 AM
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I usually have at least 3 to 4 inches extra on all sides. I machine quilt on a Juki.
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:00 AM
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It also must depend on how heavily you quilt. I do not quilt heavily and have never lost any excess, so 1 1/2" would be enough for me, though I try for 2".
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:53 PM
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I cut my backing 2 inches larger than the top (on all sides).
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:56 PM
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You should be OK unless you send it to a LAQ. Make sure to center your batting and top as perfectly as you can.
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Old 09-27-2011, 06:08 PM
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The denser the quilting, the larger your backing should be!!!
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