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Thread: Your suggestions for backing this R&W sampler?

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    Your suggestions for backing this R&W sampler?

    Here is a red and white sampler quilt top I've just finished (by the way, I'm not happy with the red border; should have made it much wider. But I'm tired of working on this quilt and AM NOT ABOUT to take those borders off and replace them! This photo makes the white appear cream colored but it's the lighting and my poor photography. The white is a true white, a Kona fabric). Second photo is two backing choices. The solid red would be striking I think if quilted with white thread. Or I could insert a single block in the center, which might be interesting It's the same red fabric as in the blocks. I like the red and white stripe but frankly the fabric quality is not as good as the solid red. Another choice could be the red background white flowers print (3rd photo) if only I had more of it! Jo-Ann's no longer has it and I can't find it online...the selvedge on the bit I have left has no information on it.

    So what think ye? Solid red, stripe, or should I go with a totally new fabric, such as red and white polka dots or a new red and white floral? Or keep searching for the fabric in the sample? I'm not interested in introducing a third color, so it has to be only red and white. Thank you for your suggestions and ideas!Name:  Red&White quilt & fabric sample 005.jpg
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    As a LAQ I always opt for the backing that would show off the quilting. So my vote is for the solid. I am wondering if you couldn't use one of the other two to do an additional border? Either of them would look fantastic.

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    It's a beautiful quilt! I REALLY like the idea of the red/white floral, on the back . . . and would look around for something similar and available.
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    I think it would depend on how you are going to quilt it, machine or hand? If quilting by hand, a solid
    piece of fabric for the back is easier to quilt through. If you are going to machine quilt, how about making a giant Log Cabin block for the back? That way you can use up all the leftovers and have a reversible quilt. I think your Red and White Sampler is beautiful!

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    I love your blocks! If it were me, I would go with the floral or something similar, or, some geometric with circles, curves, etc. Feline Fanatic has a good idea for LAQ. For me, my quilting isn't fabulous, so I usually look for a "busy" backing. Please show us what you decide.

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    Oh i love the floral one since you have it. otherwise i'd say the stripe.

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    I do think it is all dependent on "How are you going to quilt it"...If it is going to be by hand, yes the plain, if it is going to be my your machine either fmq or simple stippleing, then the floral...If you are going to sent it out to a longarmer, I would ask them what they would prefer. Perhaps the strip, cut on the bias for the binding would be interesting.

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    I think your Quilts Great!! aND i WOULD TRY A aLL OVER fLOWER print BUT with a White back ground. ps I'm Not going to change the Cap lock!! LOL
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    About the backing, you've received lots of good ideas ... ITA that the quilting would help determine the backing. You mentioned the stripe isn't as good of quality, so I'd be hesitant. Another factor to consider is getting the quilt squared up with the stripe.

    You said you'd like a wider border but don't want to take off what you have.
    Why not just add more borders?
    Or add a simple flange in the white, and a wider strip of the red?
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    I agree with the input. I think the floral would make a great additional border and the stripe for a bias binding. Use the solid for the back and maybe feature a nice center block. I like the idea of using your scraps for a log cabin block. You didn't say what size it is so not sure if you have to piece your back.

    I think the solid red on back would be a great to highlight your quilting no matter what method/style it is done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    As a LAQ I always opt for the backing that would show off the quilting. So my vote is for the solid. I am wondering if you couldn't use one of the other two to do an additional border? Either of them would look fantastic.
    Yes, I thought of that...using the stripe for instance, or even making a piano key border out of all the fabrics I used in the quilt; I have enough, I think. It's just that I'm sick of this thing! But maybe if I put it aside for awhile and came back to it, I'd be more willing to add another border. It's a good idea, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    It's a beautiful quilt! I REALLY like the idea of the red/white floral, on the back . . . and would look around for something similar and available.
    Thanks! I like the idea of that particular floral and if I could/can find it, I think it would probably be my choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I think it would depend on how you are going to quilt it, machine or hand? If quilting by hand, a solid
    piece of fabric for the back is easier to quilt through. If you are going to machine quilt, how about making a giant Log Cabin block for the back? That way you can use up all the leftovers and have a reversible quilt. I think your Red and White Sampler is beautiful!
    What a great idea! I'll think about that. I will not handquilt this myself and especially would not if I used a solid back; my quilting is not that good. I'll probably have it quilted and if I used a solid the quilter could do patterns on the solid that would show and look good, I think.

    Thanks for the compliment, by the way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    About the backing, you've received lots of good ideas ... ITA that the quilting would help determine the backing. You mentioned the stripe isn't as good of quality, so I'd be hesitant. Another factor to consider is getting the quilt squared up with the stripe.

    You said you'd like a wider border but don't want to take off what you have.
    Why not just add more borders?
    Or add a simple flange in the white, and a wider strip of the red?
    Oh, I hadn't thought of squaring the quilt with the stripe. Thanks for that reminder! So, although I don't think it's out of square a lot, I think that eliminates the stripe. I might use it for binding, though.

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    Thanks for all the responses and ideas! Much to ponder. I did buy more of the solid red today so that's a possibility. I'll let you know what I decide but not sure when I can show a photo of the finished product since I now have about five quilt tops and have yet to send one to a LAQ (there are many here in town, I know; I just haven't contacted anyone yet). I handquilted the first quilt I ever made and am in the process of handquilting another but I'm very sloooooooowwww. I'm yet too chicken to try quilting a large quilt on the machine, though I've done wall hangings and tabletoppers and mugrugs. Also, if I use a solid back for this quilt I'd like a pretty pattern, not just straight quilting.

    Currently the top is about 67x81. Making it larger with additional borders would be good, I think.

    Thanks again, everyone!

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    Both fabrics are beautiful and would work but I vote for the stripe as my first choice.
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    I agree with feline fanatic-additional border of striped then bind -backing could be floral square and continue the motif in your quilting-I love the quilt already. If you don't want an additional border cut down on the red by quilting in white like feathers or something It will help it blend in a little better Best stitches.Can't wait to see your choices

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    I like QuiltE's idea of a narrow white flange (1/4"?) then more red border. I think that would be dynamite.

    Also agree with most other posts ... if the quilting is going to be special (ie not an all over or just SITD) then use the solid red with white thread to show off the quilting on the back. If your just going to SITD or use an all over quilting - then I would opt for the floral print.
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    I LOVE your quilt... and I like the floral... if you don't have enough, how about using it on either side of a solid... whatever you decide, it's the back, and everyone will LOVE the front so much that the back is secondary. Great job!!!

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    Black!!! Oh, black, definitely, for the outer border. What a beautiful contrasting frame for your red and white gorgeous quilt. I'd choose solid black for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mme3924 View Post
    Oh, I hadn't thought of squaring the quilt with the stripe. Thanks for that reminder! So, although I don't think it's out of square a lot, I think that eliminates the stripe. I might use it for binding, though.
    Sorry, I wasn't suggesting that it was not square ... what I was meaning was that it'd be really difficult to get the sandwich made with the quilt top lined up straight with the backing (with the batting in between). Not impossible ... just tricky!



    DogHouseMom ... Thanks! I like the looks of a flange that splits up the same fabric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Sorry, I wasn't suggesting that it was not square ... what I was meaning was that it'd be really difficult to get the sandwich made with the quilt top lined up straight with the backing (with the batting in between). Not impossible ... just tricky!

    DogHouseMom ... Thanks! I like the looks of a flange that splits up the same fabric.

    Yes, I understood what you meant. And I agree. The more I think of the stripe the less inclined toward it I am.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "flange"? Can you explain? And about how it splits up the same fabric? I'm not sure I get that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    I like QuiltE's idea of a narrow white flange (1/4"?) then more red border. I think that would be dynamite.

    Also agree with most other posts ... if the quilting is going to be special (ie not an all over or just SITD) then use the solid red with white thread to show off the quilting on the back. If your just going to SITD or use an all over quilting - then I would opt for the floral print.
    Oh, okay, I get the idea of flange now and I like the idea. If I used the red stripe, as someone suggested, for another border, I'd need something between it and the solid red because the reds are not exact. The solid is a little more cherry and the stripe is a purer red. A white flange would probably break it up enough though, don't you think?

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    Here's how I do a flange ... cut a strip 1" wide and fold in half to make 1/2".
    Baste it to the main part of the quilt with the raw edge against the raw edge of the quilt and fold facing to the centre.
    Add the next layer of border the same as you usually would.

    So in essence, the flange does not add any width/length to the quilt ... and you end up with a 1/4" piece of fabric sticking out from that seam.

    For your quilt, I'd add your flange to your border that;s there now, and then the next red border would be probably 1-1/2 to 2 times as wide as the one that's there.

    Here's a quilt of mine with a burgundy flange inserted ...
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...i-t141548.html

    And another with a butter yellow insert ...
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...h-t189484.html
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    I just sent my red and white quilt off to the LAQer. I chose a plain white for my backing. I try not to use busy floral prints for my backings. I think the quilting shows up better, then if I want to reverse it on the bed, I get a whole clothe look.

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