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Suggestions for Picnic Quilt Backing?

Old 06-12-2018, 12:43 PM
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Good afternoon quilters! I need some suggestions for a Washable quilt backing for a picnic quilt I'm making. I do not want to use blue denim because it won't coordinate with the quilt top which is in autumn colors with a yellow/gold inner border and binding and a large 8" purple outer border. (I used the Bittersweet fabric line by Nancy Halvorsen.) The quilt needs to look pretty rather than utilitarian because it's going to be a wedding shower gift for my temperamental step-daughter.

What have you had success with for picnic blanket backings?

Thank you all for taking the time to respond!

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Old 06-12-2018, 12:49 PM
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Would a light weight thermal lined fabric - those used for curtains - be of any use. I have used them for backings on placemats and they wash up beautifully. They come in all colours.
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Old 06-12-2018, 01:39 PM
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My picnic quilts all have regular cotton backings. I used a thin polyester batting to cut down on shrinkage, the quilts have held up well for picnics and beach visits.
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Old 06-12-2018, 02:31 PM
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Maybe you can find some denim or duck cloth in an Autumn colour?
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:38 PM
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I use regular good quality cotton fabric. It will take a lot of washing and unless it is dragged around it should last a long time. My DD takes hers to football, baseball and to the park with three kids.
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If you can find it, a new cotton twill (bottom weight) would work really well.
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:06 PM
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Denim comes in a large variety of colors and would be the most durable. It also comes in a variety of weights. That would be my first choice. Any quality fabric would work.
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:16 AM
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Thank you for your interesting suggestion! I'll look into it.
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Old 06-13-2018, 07:05 AM
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You do know that blue jean fabric comes in more colors than just blue, don't you? I have found gold, purple, red, off-white too.
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:07 PM
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Thank you everyone for your suggestions! I've been looking online at duckcloth and colored denim and will start visiting my local quilt shops for a compatible backing.
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