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A question regarding how much backing and batting to buy

Old 12-08-2015, 11:47 AM
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I just finished a lap quilt that measures 57wx70L. What size batting can I get away with and do you think 3-4 yards of backing will finish this quilt?

Money is super tight right now so I don't want to waste anything in getting more then is actually needed but for the life of me and after looking at charts, I can't figure this out. I guess you could call it being in a brain freeze and I need help.
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Old 12-08-2015, 12:23 PM
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My quilting calculator tells me that you should need 3 1/2 yards to 4 1/8 yards depending on which way you run the backing, so you might to able to make it. If you're a little short, you can always just add a strip of a coordinating fabric. Batting can be pieced with a zigzag stitch, so you might be able to use up some smaller pieces if you have them.
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Old 12-08-2015, 01:10 PM
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You need a minimum of 2" more on all 4 sides so your batting and backing should measure at least 61" x 74". If you are buying prepackaged batting, a twin size would do. If buying batting by the yard, 2 yards of 90" wide batting will be more than enough. I find that wide quilt backing fabrics or wide muslin is less expensive than regular 42" wide cottons. If you buy a wide fabric backing, 2 yards will be more than enough. I like to use old sheets for backs if I can find one in the right color, do you have a Goodwill or other Thrift Shop close to go find a sheet for a couple of dollars for the back??
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Old 12-08-2015, 02:25 PM
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I use the free Robert Kaufman app on my android phone or Ipad for backing, batting, borders and binding. It is the best thing next to sliced bread!
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If money is tight, I usually pieced down the center using scraps so I only by the length that is needed. Batting if you are buying by the yard is usually 90" wide so just buy your width of your quilt.
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Old 12-08-2015, 07:53 PM
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I'd look for a new cotton sheet. Flat sheets can often be purchased for less than $15 in my part of Canada. In spite of what some quilters think, sheets do make excellent backs and are a lot cheaper than quilting fabric.
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It all depends if you are sending It to a LAQ or mot. Most LAQs have batting and they require a certain extra length and width to the backing. If you are quilting it yourself 3 inches all around should do for the batting and backing.
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Old 12-09-2015, 04:36 AM
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Originally Posted by nancyw View Post
It all depends if you are sending It to a LAQ or mot. Most LAQs have batting and they require a certain extra length and width to the backing. If you are quilting it yourself 3 inches all around should do for the batting and backing.
Exactly... I rent a LA to quilt my own but I still add 3 to 4 inches on each side so that it loads easily. When I used to send them to be quilted I believe they required even more than that. Besides a zig zag to join batting pieces, there is also a fusible tape that works well too.
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Bet you have large pieces of batting left over from previous projects as well as a stash of fabrics including leftover pieces. They can be pieced into larger sizes as needed. The backings can look really sharp, like having another quilt on the back.
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When hand quilting and using glue basting, it is not necessary to have so much excess backing and batting.
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