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

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    Quote Originally Posted by laynak
    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.
    Love it. thank you for sharing and God bless. Penny

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    Quote Originally Posted by thseabreze
    what are the pro's and con's of using a sheet for a backing?. I haven't tried it yet, but have wondered. I use muslin backing, so far, with one exception, I added a strip to each side and the top, of a same fabric I used on the front of a quilt..
    I like the muslin feel, it is soft and hopefully, wears great! I also found at Joanne fabrics, a roll of batting, 20 yards by 59-60" wide...it was 39.99, and with the 40% coupon they always have, it came out almost half price. It would be great to use for baby quilts, or throws...I bought the poly batting, because I like the light weight feel. This is a disapearing 9 patch, and because her favorite color is lime green, her mother asked me to add that color...this is as close as I could fine a lime green.
    This is how it was suppose to look, and then how it looked, finished.
    great job. thanks for sharing and god bless. Penny

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    Scrapy top. Scrappy back! Gotta get rid of this fab. Tired of seeing the same stuff but can't buy new till I get rid of old. What a bummer.

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    Katie825 I'm with you. I love your quilt backs. Thats what I like to do. I piece but plan my piecing. I love to buy large florals and scenic fabric that I don't want to cut in small pieces. Some of my favorite quilts have large pieces of wild fabric on the back. Also I send all my quilts out and I have to add 4 inches all around. If I'm buying new fabric for a large quilt that seems to be an expensive waste when I have soooooo much fabric in my fabric room!

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    I usually use muslin so I guess I'm not too picky :-)

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    Oh, I also like to use a sheet for the backing. I never have been too fussy about the back because my quilts were hurridly made for kids who were waiting for them. Now that the kids are grown, I can take my time and put some quality into them. Also, I have made every mistake in the book on these quilts. Talk about learning experiences!

    It wasn't long ago I saw a picture of a quilt where the backing was as pretty as the top. It was pieced with coordinating colors and looked to me like it was totally reversible. For me, this would be overkill, but that's just me.

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    i piece my backs all the time, i consider the back of the quilt the same as the front, another side that may be used at any time. i guess i consider all of my quilts to be 'reversable' so the back is just as important as the front and is very seldom plain, or whole. if i do choose a whole cloth backing it is because i plan to do heavy quilting which makes the design instead of piecing.

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    For the patterns I design, I include a simple pattern for the back that hides any full length seams that would otherwise be there in a single fabric pieced back The maker can choose to use it or not, but it's there.

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    I have done both. Used fabric to match and pieced the backs as well.

    I was thinking of going to a higher quality muslin and saving myself some money on some of the quilts I do. Not all of them, but some of the plainer ones would be fine.

    I think you should do what you like! I was at a quilt show over the weekend and there were some beautiful quilts that had muslin for backing and I appreciated that because it did not draw you away from the original beauty: THE FRONT.

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    CKcowl, I bet your quilts are so beautiful. I never thought of whole cloth backing. That would work out great for me, I guess. I used to use muslin and then I found some sateen on sale. Like to use sheets on winter quilts, but not too high a thread count. I only machine quilt, and have liked the look when I can match the sheet to the color of the quilt.

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