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Old 06-20-2012, 06:00 AM
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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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Old 06-20-2012, 06:02 AM
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Welcome Alexe from Southern CA! Sure you can piece your back!
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:02 AM
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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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Old 06-20-2012, 06:08 AM
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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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Old 06-20-2012, 06:14 AM
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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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Old 06-20-2012, 06:28 AM
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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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Old 06-20-2012, 06:42 AM
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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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