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Old 01-13-2020, 04:31 PM
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I was wondering how many of you match the print on the backing of your quilt. I have to sew 21/2 lengths of the fabric together to make the back of a queen size quilt, the fabric has butterflies on it with pink background and was wondering if I should try and match the butterflies. I think it will take a little more fabric to match and not sure I will have enough but I guess I could try. Here is a picture of the fabric and the repeat of the butterflies it about 16 inches which I think is a lot. what do you think? Thanks for your help
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Old 01-13-2020, 05:30 PM
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On a Log Cabin quilt with a pieced backing the backing did not match. It bothered me. I ripped it, matched it and am happy that it matches.
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Old 01-13-2020, 05:59 PM
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I have never tried to match fabric elements on the back. However I often have a strips different fabric(s) separating strips of the same fabric. That eliminates the need to match.
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Old 01-13-2020, 06:07 PM
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I'm fussy and often match backings if I can. If I can't, well I can't and I move on.

Last year I made my "Not Quite Y2K" quilt because it was less than 2000 squares and I didn't get it together until 2019. I found a funky 1980s era border print at a thrift store that I just fell in love with, reminds me of a dress I had and I decided to use it even though it is a cotton/poly blend and typically I avoid a seam down the middle.

Those thin strips (that I matched) are more of a lilac than the pictures shows. Pic 1 is the back, 2 is the front.

Edit: the pattern of the border print is also matched using the registration dots in the selvedge.
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Old 01-13-2020, 06:22 PM
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I'm a matcher and have matched some pretty intricate backings.
Why? .... because I know I would never be happy if I did not.
Plus, I like the look of the whole cloth print, when a quilt is flipped over.
Gives it a dual-purpose look and doubles the usage.

Your butterflies are pretty enough, that they deserve to be matched.

If you do not have enough, you could do some inserts and save matching the butterflies.
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Old 01-13-2020, 06:26 PM
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I try to match at least one color on the front. If not, oh well. I mainly make quilts to give away or donate.
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Old 01-13-2020, 06:29 PM
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I would match them. It was not that difficult the time I did it.
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Old 01-13-2020, 06:33 PM
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I would take a strip a solid to separate them. That way you have both, but don't have to be specific about lining up the images
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Old 01-13-2020, 10:15 PM
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Thanks, everyone I never thought to put a solid strip of fabric between the fabric. If I have enough of the backing fabric I will try and match the butterflies on the backing fabric. I really like the solid strip of fabric. Thanks again
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Old 01-14-2020, 04:53 AM
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I agree with Dunster. Sew in a strip! I often use the larger pieces of my top for the back and personally I think it is great. Works for me and it is a great “stash buster”.😁
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