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Thread: Quilt Backing...am I the only one?

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    Until I joined this board I had never seen quilts with pieced backings. Am I the only one who prefers a single-fabric backing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissBarbQuilts
    Until I joined this board I had never seen quilts with pieced backings. Am I the only one who prefers a single-fabric backing?
    I also do mainly single backing. It just seems easier to me. But.........I think that I will try pieced backing sometime. BrendaK

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissBarbQuilts
    Until I joined this board I had never seen quilts with pieced backings. Am I the only one who prefers a single-fabric backing?
    I prefer the single-fabric backings. My theory is that some people are so addicted that they just can't stop quilting and this way they get to quilt twice as much! :lol: :lol:

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    I like pieced backings, mostly because I like to use up the extra blocks and strips and chunks of fabrics which didn't make it to the front of the quilt. And because it's interesting and fun to have a secondary design.

    On occasion, I've ended up liking the pieced back better than the front.

    I do know that many non-quilters really dislike pieced backs. I just did the quilting on a collaborative project and the woman who we were making it for was very adamant that she didn't like "those weird and cheap" backs that are all pieced together. She was willing to pay $50 just for backing fabric that wouldn't need any piecing at all. Shrug. Her money, her choice.

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    I don't DISlike them, it's just that by the time I get to that point, I'm pretty tired of the whole thing for a while. Love it later though,
    and don't want to get rid of it.
    Have a grand daughter who is due 3 more days, don't know if it is a boy or girl yet. They aren't talking!!

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    I usually go with one color or piece for backing, but have used 2 1/2 x 10 or 11 inch strips in the back using the same fabric as the front. Example: Log Cabin in the front and strips of the same fabric on the back, just to change things and make it reversible.

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    I usually back my quilts with wide calico, but occasionally I will use pieced blocks/strips to extend backing.

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    I have been quilting for two years now, and I always piece the back of my quilts because I still have so much to learn and so many patterns I want to try that I hate to buy the fabric and not learn from it. So my quilts are usually two for one. It is funny because sometimes I or others in the house prefer the back side to the front when it is finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissBarbQuilts
    Until I joined this board I had never seen quilts with pieced backings. Am I the only one who prefers a single-fabric backing?
    I would prefer a single-piece backing, but, until I have used up my stash, I will continue to piece my backs. Plus, I love the challenge of using different fabrics in the backing.

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    it depends on the quilt- i use whole piece backs for a majority of them but sometimes the quilt just (needs) a peiced back- i think both ways works fine, looks fine, and i let the quilt decide what kind of backing would be best.

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    I ALWAYS look at the back of the quilts - prefer a whole piece (print is nice) but I want the back to be as nice as the front.

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    I've only done single piece backing but as mentioned above, using up the extra fabrics, strips or blocks makes a lot of sense. I might try it next time when I have extra pieces that could be used in the backing.

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    I like some of the pieced backings I've seen, but some don't really seem to be 'right'. I have so far only done single fabric backings with a single seam to make it wide enough. I do like the idea of a pieced strip connecting the two parts of the backing.

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    I piece the backs. I do not think that it is that hard and besides I ususally can not find wide backing fabric that goes with the quilt top. Also I think that wide backing fabric is nmore expensive that 45" fabric.

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    Mostly I make solid backs, but on occasion I have pieced a back. Sometimes just to use up leftover fabric from the front, sometimes as a design choice.

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    I tend to do both. If it is a simple quilt and I want to finish it I use one piece.
    Sometimes I have to piece as the colour I have only comes in small pieces. Not my favourite as I also plan it goes exactly in place and it takes ages to sandwich correctly.

    I hate wasting time because nobody notices the time you took over matching the two. I did one for a show and put it in double sided. I heard some ladies say.@you would have thought she had made the seams straight' If she had thought the other side had wavey musical stave and the seams matched the black lines.

    Do what you want please yourself.

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    I usually use a sold back, because thats how my Mom taught me, Ha ha. Old habits.

    I've been doing a lot of baby quilts latley (I dont know but all my friends are expecting!) and I've been doing traditional cotton designs on the front and using flannel for the backing so it will be extra soft. I'm sure there's someone who would disapprove of mixing the fabrics, but the new Mom's seem thrilled that it's soft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigsister63
    I piece the backs. I do not think that it is that hard and besides I ususally can not find wide backing fabric that goes with the quilt top. Also I think that wide backing fabric is nmore expensive that 45" fabric.
    Wide backing @ $10/yd is comparable to $5/yd - the cost equals itself. This would be for 90" fabric. Most wide backing is 105-110".

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    I like both pieced and whole backs. Some of the pieced backings add so much to the looks of the quilt. For the quilts I make I try to use only one whole piece with no seams. I hand quilt. Right now I'm working on a quilt where I pieced the back and every time I hit one of those back seams I'm reminded why I don't like to work on quilts with pieced backs. Less of an issue for machine quilting.

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    I only piece as much as I have to get the backing size I need.
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    I like to piece backing on my smaller quilts to use up leftovers - less waste & a smaller piece needed for the main backing fabric.

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    I like the idea that the back of the quilt is where you can have some fun on traditional quilts.
    peace :D

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    I hand quilt, so I prefer one piece backings, and buy 90 inch wide muslin so I don't have to deal with any seams on the back.

    The only time I used a pieced backing, I was quilting a top for a friend. I hated dealing with the seams on the back as well as the front - plus she used some batiks on the back and front. It was tough getting through all that.

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    I go either way, depending on the circumstances and how much time I have.

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    I have done pieced backing when I had fabric that was a must for the back, but didn't have enough for the back. I have also do pieced backing to ad interest to the quilt.

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