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Thread: Pieced backing question

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    I have just finished my top and was laying out my fabric for my backing but turns out i didnt have enough to just have on seam.. is it ok to have the seams uneven? or is that a faux pas or just not look right.. i have a mock up scetch of what it would look like.. that fabric is a deep blue solid. its not really that i dont want to measure it out and divide it into even measurements.. i would just prefer as few of seams as possible.. especially since i am attempting a little more fancy (to me anyway) quilting design to go with my stitch in the ditch.

    Any advice will be greatly appreciated

    this is essentially what it would come out to where the seams would be
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    Put a labels in the small block. that way it will look like you planed it that way.

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    Have fun piecing the backing, I just surfed and found some ideas for you on piecing the backing

    http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/techni...backs_ss1.html

    *** be sure to click on next to see all 10 ideas for backing***

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    I always piece my backs. With as many fabrics as needed.
    Sometimes there is a plan, sometimes I'm just filling up the space.

    Your layout in the sketch will work fine. And none of the seams are on fold lines, so even better.

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    I just finished one that had at least 10 seams in it using leftover fabric from the quilt. It turned out so neat, I like it better front:)

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    My girlfriend only does pieced backs and I'll be the first to tell you...her backs are usually better than her fronts :). LOL! I've started piecing my backs out of jealousy. I think that if you're going to piece the back, I'd really piece it. Chop it some more and keep piecing. How you have it now is a good start or a good way to keep it too. You might have done it out of need, but it adds some fun interest in the back. (I guess I'm assuming the three pieces are all different colors...if not, you probably won't notice.) :)

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    It's fine. don't sweat the small stuff (and it's all small stuff).

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    It's fine. I just pieced my current one staight across the middle. It's the back, the fabrics match, the seams are straight. What's not to like?

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    thanks for the advice! My last quilt i purposely on accident didnt have enought backing and the front was a scrap strip quilt and i loved it.. i used leftover from the front and used a chunk for the back and it was amazing! I loved the way pieced backs looks. Honestly if i could do another pieced with leftovers i would in an instant but i just dont have the extra like i would have wanted.

    Thanks again! cant wait to show yall my finished piece!

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    thanks for the advice! My last quilt i purposely on accident didnt have enought backing and the front was a scrap strip quilt and i loved it.. i used leftover from the front and used a chunk for the back and it was amazing! I loved the way pieced backs looks. Honestly if i could do another pieced with leftovers i would in an instant but i just dont have the extra like i would have wanted.

    Thanks again! cant wait to show yall my finished piece!

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    Most of my quilt backing is just a big nine patch in the size to fit the quilt. I don't like a solid piece of fabric for backing, not interesting at all.

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    oh ty for the link...never done it that way but will for sure in the futur
    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    Have fun piecing the backing, I just surfed and found some ideas for you on piecing the backing

    http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/techni...backs_ss1.html

    *** be sure to click on next to see all 10 ideas for backing***

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    I think the only reason that you shouldn't run the seam down the middle is that it's where most people would fold the finished quilt and that would weaken the seam

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    Try John Flynn's method of seaming diagonaly in the back
    It works great and saves fabric. With a little additional fabric you can extend 44" fabric out to 60". Instructions are on his web site

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    I love pieced backs, it;s like having a reversible quilt

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    I almost ALWAYS make to make blocks normally I make a couple "practice blocks" and I use the same fabrics as I will use in the quilt. What I do with these blocks is add them to the backing. I put a "border" around them so when I trim the backing and batting I am not cutting into the blocks. It not only gets rid of the blocks that would otherwise be known as orphans but it also means less fabric needed for the backing which saves me money! :)

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    Hi Mrs Toasty Koasty,

    As someone as mentioned refer to John Flynn's backing instructions. Using diagonal piecing for all or part of the back can save the amount of fabric needed.

    There is a practice where there is a decorative section across the top of the back of the quilt. This decorative section can be filled with extra or practice blocks. This area could be filled with a piece of every fabric used on the front of the quilt. This area of extra fabric is then available to be used to mend or repair the front of the quilt if needed.

    Another suggestion would be to include another section across the bottom of the quilt using left over fabrics used on the front.

    Also be sure to make a large pillowcase in a size that will hold your folded quilt for out of season and regular storage.

    Good luck with your backing.

    Pam M

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetpea
    Put a labels in the small block. that way it will look like you planed it that way.
    I piece my backs too, I also prefer as few seams as possible.

    I like this idea :D:D:D

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