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Thread: Ideas for backing?

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    What does everyone use for backing? I'm really interested in hearing what everyone uses. Happy New Year......Cheryl

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    It depends on why I am making the quilt.....sometimes fleece, sometimes flannel, sometimes regular fabric.....usually end up piecing it, except for fleece, which is wide, already.

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    I usually use cotton fabric. I love it if I can find wide fabric but otherwise I piece it. I have used fleece and it was really warm

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    I've only used cotton for backing. It's usually not wide enough so I have to seam it. Someone here on the board recommended using 1/2" seams and pressing them open for piecing the backing; good tip, I think. I also ike to "piece" in leftover blocks/fabrics from the top when I can.

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    alot of the time i piece the back with leftovers from the front

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    would fleece be thin enough? Also, when using flannel, 50/50 blend or 100% cotton?

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    I love pieced backings. You can make really pretty ones and also use up fabric.

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    mostly I watch for sales - really good ones say of about 1/2 off or so - and then I try to find a print that I think will hide whatever screw-ups I make while quilting; or else I try to find a particular fabric to go with a particular quilt top. It took me some time to find just the color of pink that I wanted to put on the back of a 'vintage' repro yellow quilt top I'd just finished. I found some for about 4 dollars a yard and bought several yards. I have a particular 'stash' of backings I have bought and set aside for just that purpose.

    Other times I cut and paste you might say, with what I have left over from the front. And I've also used just plain old tan muslin on the backs of more than one quilt. I once used a toile for a special quilt I made for a wedding. The toile was made for that I think as it was very wide.

    Then I have made special labels for the backs and incorporated them into a sort of patch work type backing. It's fun sometimes to try to figure out how you can make your quilt more interesting by thinking about the back of it.

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    I usually use cotton or cotton blend sheets. I have used the extra wide backing fabric and pieced backs but sheets are my favorite. The price is great when I find them at thrift shops or garage sales, $1 to $3 each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryStoaks
    I usually use cotton or cotton blend sheets. I have used the extra wide backing fabric and pieced backs but sheets are my favorite. The price is great when I find them at thrift shops or garage sales, $1 to $3 each.
    Me too.

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    I like to kind of match the front, but I also usually piece the back. Back art can be as interesting as the front!
    Janie

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy17
    Quote Originally Posted by MaryStoaks
    I usually use cotton or cotton blend sheets. I have used the extra wide backing fabric and pieced backs but sheets are my favorite. The price is great when I find them at thrift shops or garage sales, $1 to $3 each.
    Me too.
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    Me three. I love sheets, there is so much fabric in it that I can use it for the backing on lap robes when I don't use fleece. And then I can use the rest of it for applique, which I love to do for kids' quilts or lap robes.
    Thrift shops, yard sales or church sales, all of them are good.
    Sheets will last for years and years. And lots of the really old quilts still in use have muslin on their backs, and even then sometimes sheets.

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