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    Piecing the backing

    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
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    Welcome Alexe from Southern CA! Sure you can piece your back!

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    Sure you can piece it. You can put different pieces together too. Just wait a minute. There will be people on here to help you with your problem. There is a ton of help on here.

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    I always piece my backs! I generally use 2 or 3 pieces of fabric from the top or matching fabrics. I don't like to have a seam smack dab in the middle of the back so I avoid that by using 3 pieces instead of 2. I often will integrate a leftover block from the front into the back also.
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    About the only 'sort of rule/guide' for piecing a back that I have - I try to avoid having a seam right in the center of the back - reason - supposedly it gets more stress with folding when it's in the center.

    My reason - if it's 'way off center' - it looks planned - it it's 'almost on center, but not quite' - it looks like a goof-up to me. Also, if the fabric is such that seams are not obvious, I see no need to do the center panel with a strip on each side.

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    I love the idea of adding leftover blocks from the front to the back and piecing it. I did two of my backs that way. It gives the back some interest and looks custom to me. Have fun.

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    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 ;-)
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    Welcome!!! Its okay to piece your back. In quilting anything goes. Personally I don't piece mine unless I have to sew 2 of the same pieces together. I'm just not one for mixing my back pieces. But, I have seen many beautiful quilts that do. Have fun with it!
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    welcome from south Mississippi and I do it all the time....I have purchased a Santa door panel and appliqued it on to the back of a I spy Santa quilt. too cute

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    welcome from OK...
    I piece my backings...and our guild just had Lerlene Nevaril http://www.lerlenenevaril.com/ and she wrote an entire book on pieced backings...go for it!

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    cool! I'm going to check her out.
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    Welcome from NE Ohio. I've used pieced backing on several of my quilts. IMHO I think it adds a little more interest to a quilt.

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    Just remember if you are taking a pieced back to a long arm quilter it is possible to center the backing side to side fairly accurately but it is almost impossible to get the position between top and bottom accurate. Keep this in mind when using blocks etc in the backing. If it is going to bother you if the block etc. isn't positioned perfectly between the top and bottom you might want to reconsider. The higher the loft and the denser the quiting the more the difficulty increases. If other longarm quilters have had a different experience I would be interested to know. We have a Eastern IA long arm group that meets in July. I will pose this to them then and post what their thoughts on it are.
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    Welcome from SC Texas. I have pieced the backing on some of my quilts, on one I just finished, a lap quilt I used the fabric I chose for the back and put two borders that matched the borders on the front around it. I liked the way it turned out. It is your quilt and you can do what you want with it to make it your own.

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    I think the off-centeredness of blocks give the quilt character. I don't like things perfectly centered in the back, but give kudos to those who care enough to do it.
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    here are some pics to inspire you!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...s-t148395.html

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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 ;-)
    debra, i like the look of that, thanks for the link.

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    Also, if you ever are short of backing fabric, here's a way to diagonally piece it. For a quilt that really needed almost 3.5 yards, the calculator showed that I could get away with under 3. Not sure of the exact numbers, but it's worth looking at.

    This site includes an on-line calculator and instructions that I was able to follow:
    http://www.multi-patch.com/html/diag...calculator.php

    Link to the originator's instructions and formula:
    http://www.flynnquilt.com/workshop/FreeLessons/

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    Here is the method I use to avoid the center seam. http://www.reddawn.net/quilt/backings.htm

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    I always try another whole quilting pattern on the back of my quilt, usually an easier pattern. Since I have to buy the fabric anyway, I might as well practice my quilting skills and use one of those patterns that I have been wanting to try. So I get two quilts for the money. Sometimes, I end up liking the back, as well as, if not more, than the front. LOL
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    If you only want to use one fabric on the back and you don't want the seam in the middle then sew two lengths of the fabric together with a seam on BOTH SIDES (like a tube). Then you can cut down the MIDDLE of one piece. Your backing will be wide enough and you can center the top on the piece withoug worry of a folded seam.
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    Welcome from N. Texas! I pieced my first quilt back in December of last year. I had pieces left over from the front of the quilt, and didn't want to have to go out and buy more fabric. I was worried about it looking too messy, or like I was lazy and just slapped fabrics together. It is just squares of various sizes, I did try to balance it out somewhat with placement (rectangles around the edges with bigger blocks in the middle). I really liked it after I completed it and will definitely feel free to piece my backs again. I'll have to see if I can get a picture and add it.

    Good luck with finishing your quilt! You'll have to post a picture when you are finished.
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    Pieced backings are a great way to go...sometimes called "back art"...you can get really creative and use up fabrics in really unique ways. I have seen some great pieced backs for quilts and have done some myself. You can do really simple ones, or get quite elaborate in your piecing for your backs. Have fun!

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    I piece my backing all the time. The only time I consider what way the seam goes is if I plan to longarm it. If the seam goes side to side it's easier for me to keep the tension even. If the seam goes top to bottom, it tightens up the quilt in the middle where the bulk is and leaves the sides floppy. (as it rolls up on the rollers) But, if I'm tabletop quilting it , then anything goes.
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    That is the only option if your quilt is bigger than your yardage. There are many websites that have ways to piece your backing. Have fun with it.

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