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Thread: Piecing the backing

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    Remember, there are no quilt police, with that said.... Sure you can piece your back, I have done it but I do not like to do it. I purchase 108-110 inch material at my LQS or order it from Keepsake Quilting and use that. I have numerous Longarmers tell me they prefer that, but of course do the pieced backs too. I like the looks of some pieced backs with extra fabric and blocks in it but I'm no good at math and it takes that to figure out where to place that stuff.

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    When I don't have enough material to quilt the back, I use one of the other fabrics in the quilt or buy a color that would go with it. Measure/cut what extra you are going to need, then cut this section in two parts and sew it to the backing on each side.

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    I just pieced a back by adding wide borders all the way around. My center is what I originally planned to use for the back but I didn't buy enough. It turned out really nice, so just another thought. :-)
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    Welcome from Waco Texas. YES piece the back. I do it all the time. and mostly because I just don't want a plain backing. sometimes I use some of the leftovers from the front and just add then to the backing to make it the correct size. good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK View Post
    I used this method a lot when I first started out. Great way to use up yardage I didn't fancy as much any more:

    http://www.maryquilts.com/off-center-4-patch-backing/

    oops, this was in answer to the original poster. Sorry for my misplacement ;-)

    This is a great method. Thank you for sharing the link!
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    I, too piece my backs. I use leftover fabric from the front if I have it or just dive into my stash and grab some fabric that will look nice on the back.

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    the standard for piecing backings to make them large enough is to divide the back into 3's, and sew 3 strips together, generally lengthwise with 45" wide fabric. Personally, i haven't put pieced blocks or different kinds of fabric together but that has been more happenstance than planning not too. Do make you backing seams bigger than 1/4".

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    Welcome!
    And if the fabric isn't wide enough then you certain can and should piece it. Now that I've been quilting a little longer I'm getting more adventurous and following the suggestions of those who mix n match the back or add a spare block or two from the front. It looks more planned that way and is certainly more interesting than just a plain back with a seam.
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    Alexe, welcome form Northern California. As you will find there is a lot of help here on the board. Thanks to all for the links. BrendaK
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    Alexe,
    Welcome from central Texas! Of course you can piece your quilt backing. Here's one of my backings:

    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...45965719hUYGSp

    Here's the front:
    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...45965719jqgEmB
    Sharon W. in Texas

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    Welcome from Georgia. We're always here to help.
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    If my backing is not wide enough I make a a Flange and then add a border to make my backing a little larger than my top, this gives a nice finish. I am sure in the archives of this Quilting Board there are instructions for making a flange, which can also be done on the top of a quilt.
    Aussie Carol

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    Welcome to the Quilt Board,, it is perfectly fine to piece the backing,, you can have fun with it and use up some of your stash...If you are going to send it out to have it quilted just make sure it is at least 4" larger all the way around that the top. Long arm quilters like that, it makes our lives so much easier..

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    It is absolutely proper to pice the back. Some people use a pieced back as a stash buster. I hate piecing backs, because they can easily detract from the front of the quilt, but I do when I don't have enough good quality muslin or wide quilt backing. And welcome from N. Texas, 60 miles north of Dallas, 30 miles south of Durant, Oklahoma. froggyintexas
    Quote Originally Posted by Alexe View Post
    Good Morning:
    I am a newbie here and to quilting and I will be attempting to back my first quilt top. My fabric is not wide enough and I was wondering if it is proper to piece it together? There is not a pattern to the back so that is plus for me
    Thanks
    Alexe

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