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Thread: sandwiching

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    If you are supposed to leave about 2" all around of the batting, how do you align the top and backing. If you can't tell I am a new quilter
    Thanks Nanc

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    Nanc, I always make the backing larger than the top so you won't have to worry about that. You can always trim it after, along with the batting.
    Hope this helps!! :D

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    You leave the backing 2" larger too :wink:
    I like the backing to be just a tad wider than the batting. This helps me with sandwiching and lining up the top also.

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    duh, of course. Thanks

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    Nanc, I have a lot of those DUH moments lol
    This board always gets me through them!! :D

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    OK so if I already cut the backing the right size how do I align?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Nanc, I have a lot of those DUH moments lol
    This board always gets me through them!! :D
    Don't you just LOVE this Board?
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    you can pin around the edge of the top, flip it over and use the pin line to line up your back

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.E.H.
    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Nanc, I have a lot of those DUH moments lol
    This board always gets me through them!! :D
    Don't you just LOVE this Board?
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    Well, since I'm here more than anywhere else I think the answer is YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    When I have my layers laid out I fold the edge of the bottom over so it shows, then use chalk or a pin to mark the center, edge of a column, or whatever I'm trying to line up.

    I've also heard of folks who quilt from the backing side though I've not tried that yet.

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    I was taught to tape toothpicks down on the table at exactly the centers of the length & width. Then finger press the exact centers of your backing, batting & top. The toothpicks make it easy to find the exact centers - you just find the center by feeling the toothpick & align your fabric up. It works great. I think it was a Harriet Hargrove tip.

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    I don't do this, but if the quilt isn't huge you could pillowcase it and then the back, batting. and top could be the same size. Just a thought.

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    Nancy, you don't align the edges of the top with the batting OR the backing. You just let the backing/batting be bigger. If you want to align them you need them the same size and then you do the pillowcase method Sadiemae mentioned. Since you already cut them I would do that. Layer the back w/ right side up, the top w/ right side down, and the batting on top of that. Sew all around leaving an opening to turn it. Then clip the corners, turn it right sides out, press, and sew the opening shut. Then quilt. .

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    If it is important that the center of the backing and the center of the top match, you can mark the center of the backing with a mark on the tape. (I always tape my backing down.) Then you can align the top along those marks.

    Believe me, I have quilted many quilts off grain because things were not perfectly aligned - and you know what? Nobody said a word.

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    Love this. My real first name is DUH !
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