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Thread: I'm not too fussy about backing fabric--R U?

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    BellaBoo, I like that!! Thanks for sharing :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I use this method of making quilt backing. It's easy to piece any part of this method and it looks professional.
    Thanks BellaBoo. I've see this before but I lost my instructions!

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    I almost always use wide muslin for the back of my quilts. It wears well, is inexpensive and goes with anything. About the only exception is a baby quilt. Then I coordinate the fabric.

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    I really prefer to piece my backs. If it is an applique I will add an applique to the back, just something left over from cutting or piecing. Sometimes I just use large leftover pieces from the front to make really large patches.

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    It's like everything else in life - there is no right or wrong thing. Do whatever suits you and try not to run other people down for how and what they do. It,s as personal as the pattern choice for the front.

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    I've never pieced a back..so far. One advantage of piecing a back is that you end up with two quilts in one, interesting on both sides. I don't even think they necessarily need to be in the same color family, so long as the binding compliments both sides. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingleberry
    It's like everything else in life - there is no right or wrong thing. Do whatever suits you and try not to run other people down for how and what they do. It,s as personal as the pattern choice for the front.
    I wasn't running anyone down.. I was just curious if I'm in a minority of quilters who piece backings.
    If I didn't type my original message clearly enough and others have misinterpreted what I meant I apologize.

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    I make Art Quilts, so usually they aren't as large as a quilt for a bed, but some are. Anyway, I always use some of the fabric used on the top and piece it together to get enough yardage for the back. I can't say I actually make any blocks that are the same as what was pieced for the top, but sometimes the label is made that way. All my quilts have a label, which states it's title, what it was made for or whom, my name, city, state and date completed.

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    I usually piece the back and try to coordinate the fab. Great way to use up odd/older fab I have no idea why I bought it. Sometimes if I'm lucky it will go ok with the front. Trying to use up what I have. Planning on downsizing in a year so sewing up a storm and keeping away from fab at the shops. So hard. So hard.

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    When you piece the back...or put some blocks on the backing, how do you plan your quilting? Do you have to take the back into consideration, or do an all over design? (I'm still a newbie at machine quilting, trying to get better at it)

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    I care about the back of my quilt just as much as I care for the front... I do think muslin or pieced is just fine. I love using muslin because of being able to see the stitches but will use print if I have it...

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    I like my backs to coordinate - not necessarily match - the front of the quilt. Sometimes I use one fabric, but more often I find myself piecing them. I don't mind piecing, but I do tend to plan it, rather than just sew a bunch of leftovers together. Here are some of my backs.
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    I made a quilt top with blue squares, which I did NOT like. I used it as a backing and I love it :!: :!: sounds strange I know :oops:

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    I made a quilt top with blue squares, which I did NOT like. I used it as a backing and I love it :!: :!: sounds strange I know :oops:

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    No, I don't either. I like my backs to have different fabrics so the quilts can be used on either side if people want to. I do try to match the fabrics to the top of the quilt though, but peicing backs is a great way to use up leftover fabrics, I think.

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    Most of mine are all one fabric but I have pieced them and loved the effect. It's all about what works best for the quilt.

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    I've recently gotten into pieced backing... just for the reason that it doubles the look of your quilt! Now you have a two-sided thing and can switch whenever you want. That's for bed-sized quilts though. I won't bother doing that with something that'll be hung. And yeah, it sure saves $ when you've already got coordinating colors from your stash.

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    I have been fussy about the back of my quilts but using scraps from the front would very much help with the ever growing scrap bag so thanks ladies . I entered three quilts in a show and didn't win but got a lot of tips of what to do on the next one. number one: don't enter LOL .

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    just finished a quilt with a patterned front and made the backing a scrappy with all the left over pieces from the front........worked out pretty good.......

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    I usually don't piece my backs but I make sure that they match but I have seen some beautiful quilts pieced with matching material.

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    Well, you are more daring than I. My husband calls me Doris Day, everything has to match. I am gradually getting past that with the help of other quilters, especially on the front pieced part. However, I have not graduated to not caring about the backing. It still has to match something in the quilt front as well as being one continuous piece for the back. Keep working with me, I still might get there.

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    I'm just finishing a quilt that I purposely made 'reversible' for our bed. If I get tired of one side, I can flip it to a totally different color scheme & style, yet it still complements the colors of our bedroom.
    I used wool batting, making it an even more worthwhile investment to be reversible. And, will add a 'skirt below the quilt for the sides to reach near the floor.
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    I like to think my quilts re reversable, so I AM fussy about my backs. Often they are pieced with leftovers.. or something different that doesn't even "go" with the front.

    Am off today to sew/gab and eat with a bunch of gals. We are putting together 250 !! autograph pillows for Camp Mak-a-Dream.

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    I often piece the back - just to get rid of fabric I'm unlikely to ever use.
    Not in a pattern, just willynilly.
    Usually bears no relationship to the top.

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    I always use material that I used in the quilt. I do however sometimes make the back in a geometric design or large sqs. rectangles and strips. I know a lot use sheets but no matter thread count they are a sheet and the quality of you fabrics in front. I do know a lot use muslin but again issue of quality. If you look at old quilts the backs fall apart even pieces in front that lower quality fab was used. I have a lot of my Grandma's quilts,and u can see where she used good and bad fab. Pieces have just fallen apart. So if u can afford it go for the gold.

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