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Thread: Material I bought for backing is not big enough..

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    Material I bought for backing is not big enough..

    it is about 3 inches short...so I need ideas ...help???
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    LOL...never mind..I knew I should have looked around abit before making this post...found my answer from looking at the beautiful quilts on this site...thanks anyway...
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    Quote Originally Posted by labtechkty View Post
    LOL...never mind..I knew I should have looked around abit before making this post...found my answer from looking at the beautiful quilts on this site...thanks anyway...

    And was the answer to cut it apart and insert some fabric used in the quilt top? or add in some extra blocks?
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    There are lots of possibilities....add a border of a matching fabric or contrasting fabric or a neutral, insert some leftover blocks or strips of fabric from your blocks, etc. Some backs are as interesting as the fronts of the quilts. My sister liked one of my quiltbacks more than the pieced front. LOL

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    [QUOTE=QuiltE;5088796]And was the answer to cut it apart and insert some fabric used in the quilt top? or add in some extra blocks?[/QUO
    Yep...I guess I was still half asleep when I posted...but it still doesn't hurt to ask for fresh ideas.....
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    I know...some of the backs I've seen are alot prettier than the tops...go figure...lol
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    No wonder you are asleep. It's 5:30 when you asked a question.ha. I'm not even able to think or speak at that time

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    glad you found the answer.

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    I was going to suggest piecing it diagonally....

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    I did that once, however, instead of one solid strip down the center, I used blocks of fabric included on the front. It just added a little something extra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    And was the answer to cut it apart and insert some fabric used in the quilt top? or add in some extra blocks?[/QUO
    Yep...I guess I was still half asleep when I posted...but it still doesn't hurt to ask for fresh ideas.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mama's place View Post
    There are lots of possibilities....add a border of a matching fabric or contrasting fabric or a neutral, insert some leftover blocks or strips of fabric from your blocks, etc. Some backs are as interesting as the fronts of the quilts. My sister liked one of my quiltbacks more than the pieced front. LOL
    You could also use some lighter tone on tone fabric and print out a poem, message, or design your label. Easy to do if you have an inkjet printer. I posted how to do it in the tutes section that is realtively simple.

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    I have cut the backing on the diagonal ala John Flynn when it was a bit too short. Here is a link for his site:
    http://flynnquilt.com/media/uploads/...onalpb1103.pdf and here is a link that simplifies the explanation.

    With the length as the issue, I swapped the way I worked with it around. I used it the way he wrote it when it was too narrow. (I played with a piece of paper first to work out the technique.
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    Take a look at these blogs: Ohfransson ,and Filminthefridge. These ladies make really beautiful backings for their quilts, you might get some ideas there. I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by labtechkty View Post
    I know...some of the backs I've seen are alot prettier than the tops...go figure...lol
    Made a quilt for my SIL's birthday. He's loving the back of the quilt as much as the front since I pieced the back as well.

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    Glad you figured it out, but just wanted to let you know I've been there....one day I'll learn to buy extra.
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    Yes, find a co-rdinating piece of fabric. Splice the biggest piece down the middle, put the co-ordinating piece in the middle. Stitch them, and then for the short part at the bottom, put the rest of the first fabric you used, and piece it with the first fabric, or it could be the co-ordinating piece, whichever one you have the most fabric. I have seen and even done quilts this way, and it is really quite pretty.
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    If it's the length that is too short, you can add those extra blocks at the TOP of the backing, because when the quilt top is folded back down (from the top) it matches very nicely with the pieced front.

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    yes there are many way to fix that problem.adding in others colors makes a back with a surprise
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/Upnorthcrafter

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    Offset it the 3" by cutting it on the diagonal, and then adjusting. You should have more than enough. I learned this from John Flynn and have done it for years. And, the diagonal seam makes quilting easier. Go to Flynnquilts.com

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    Thank you all for your suggestions...I do remember reading John Flynn's directions but had forgotten about it until you nice people mentioned it..see it does pay to ask questions!!! lol
    Kitty

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    Quote Originally Posted by labtechkty View Post
    Thank you all for your suggestions...I do remember reading John Flynn's directions but had forgotten about it until you nice people mentioned it..see it does pay to ask questions!!! lol
    I think John Flynn has taken his illustrations down from his site, I'm not sure why. He still explains how to do it, but it's not as good as it used to be. However, if you google "diagonally pieced quilt back" you will find several other sites that have excellent illustrations with the instructions.

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    Some of the pieced backs are just so beautiful.
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