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    I wouldn't think on a quilt that small that 2.5" would be a problem. It would if it were on a king sized quilt! Try quilting it yourself! You can do it!!!

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    Hi,
    Just baste a piece of muslin to the sides.
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    If you are entertaining the long arm quilter route, do not baste the quilt together. It will just have to be taken apart and probably the LA'er will charge you for doing so. The top, and back have to be put on separate rollers and the batting floated between the top and back layers. You might sew a piece of muslin to the sides and that would give them something to attatch the top and bottom leaders. The sides need that extra to clear the clamps. Depending on how you want it quilted and the batting thickness, you will need to have at least a 4" strip on each side. If you are doing custom and the LA'er will be using a table and ruler, you will need 6" on each side.
    I know most quilters do not understand the why's of having that extra yardage on the back, I would suggest go to a long arm shop and ask to watch them load a quilt and it will become quickly apparent as to why that extra yardage is needed. Hope this sheds some light on the subject.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts View Post
    Quilt it yourself on your domestic machine. I do all the time with quilts up to 120x120. A 32x32 quilt is very doable on even a small throat opening.
    Ditto that! That small of a quilt would be a breeze to fmq on a domestic machine.....even if all you did was SITD. 2" on each side is plenty if you are doing it yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heronfan View Post
    I foolishly cut the backing and batting a mere 2.5 inches larger all around than my quilt top. I haven't found a long arm quilter who would even entertain quilting it. The quilt measures 32x32. The backing is a special fabric chosen by the recipient and I can't find a replacement. What do I do now short of explaining my error? I'm more than willing to admit the mistake but is 2.5 inches really too little around the quilt top to make it work?

    Could you possibly take strips of a fabric from the front to add to each edge of the back to make bigger backing? Batting you can always get more of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by An Arm Long View Post
    I have done 2 inches on a baby quilt without a problem. You need to be sure both your top and backing are really square - batting too. I have also sewn a few inches onto a throw size quilt back that I felt was a little too small a margin and then cut it off when finished. But your LAQ will have to agree.
    This seems to be the logical way to do it. I have had quilts come back from the LAQ with not enough backing and had to piece them. It was really disheartening. It can be done. It will just take a lot more care by the LAQ. No bigger thn it is, you could quilt it on your domestic, but if you haven't practiced, this may not be the time. It depends on your skill and sense of adventure.
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    I am a LAQ and have done many baby quilts where your back would have been big enough - top doesn't stretch that much for such a small quilt.

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    I quilt on my domestic...but in case I want to use a LAQ in the future, how much extra backing and batting should I leave...
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    There is no quilt police that says the back can't be pieced. If you have pieces left from the top, cut up the back and make a more interesting back. I have pieced backs on purpose before and they turn out very well.

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    I would just quilt it on a regular sewing machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    Can you baste some additional fabric onto your backing that will enlarge it enough for your LA person to quilt it for you? Then you can take the fabric off and bind the quilt.
    I think this would work. Give it a try, or just quilt yourself. I quilt all my quilts. Good luck whatever you decide.
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    I have quilted on my home machine with less than that with no problem. Since it's a small piece, why not do it yourself? Stitch in the ditch is a pretty good solution for people who are not very experienced yet. Or just free-motion loops or swirls all over. Be brave...you can do it!
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    As a longarmer, I have had many quilt backs come in that were not wide enough and a few that were not long enough. the reason we need the extra width on the backings is because of the clamps that we use to keep the quilts taut. I generally add 4 or 5" of muslin to the sides for my customers and it makes my job easier as well. Since your quilt is small add some length to the bottom of the backing, It would be best if you had some of your backing left over to attach back on, but if not add some muslin. On large quilts, the quilts shrink as we quilt them, so there is a chance of running out of fabric by the time we get to the end of the quilt. I don't really see a big problem with getting it quilted. if you can't find anyone to quilt it for you, email me and see what we can do to get it done.

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    I just did one with less on a friends longarm it was fine. 32x32 could be done on yours or I would ask a friend who does there's on a home machine. Good Luck!!!
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    This is such a small quilt you may be very pleased at doing it yourself. Even if you just quilt it on the diagonal every 1" you would be done in no time, then just put a nice binding on it. This is how I did my very first quilt and I used 1" masking tape and stitch on both sides of the tape, removed it and then reapplied it 1" from my previous stitching

    You would save $ and have a great job, If you wanted to quilt a pattern on it, I would still free motion with your domestic machine and do stippling, it looks great and is very forgiving, again the client would be thrilled!!

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    We only use 2 inches all the way around for extra on ALL quilts and have never had a problem one. I dont see why any long armer wouldnt consider a quilt that small with 2 and 1/2 extra all the way around.
    A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort :lol:

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