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Thread: I really ned help on a backing....

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    I really ned help on a backing....

    An Amish family made me this quilt top for Christmas and it measures 90x104 Blocks are 12" and so is the Border...so if i cut the Border down to 6 " it will look more appealing i think. so my question is what kind of backing should i use to lelp it look more prettier as the top is so plain and ugly...just not my colors.... something that will inhance the top.
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    I would find a print that has these colors in it and use it for the backing and a do a 'wrap-around to the front' type binding. Then do some sort of decorative quilting in the squares. maybe use varigated thread???
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    I think it would be perfect (a blank canvas) for some applique in the blocks!

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    I would go with a black backing and quilt with BRIGHT verigated thread! Good luck! Have fun and enjoy!

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    I think that I would find some cute applique patterns and place them in the big blue squares. Or pick some large quilt patterns to fill in the squares. I can see using primary colors for a kids room. Or using it for a picnic "blanket" or you could bring it to the ball field. The possibilities are endless! Good luck with this.

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    you could put anything you want on the back... it would be a reversible quilt To make the top look better, i would quilt the squares with something fancy, maybe even making them different in each block or alternate blocks.
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    Make a top that you like and use this as the backing.

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    I like QuiltnNan's suggestion for using it on the back of a quilt. If you used a nice all over quilt pattern, the blue and black would look good and the quilt would be reversible. Also, if they ever asked to see it you could show it proudly without hurting anyone's feelings.

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    I would choose a floral for backing and quilt beautiful feathers in the blocks and borders.

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    Well since it is Amish--I would pick a plain backing and hand quilt it. It's a minority vote. Find beauty in simplicity.
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    You have an AMISH quilt top!! An AMISH quilt top!!! I agree with JJean: a plain backing and hand quilt it. After all you have an AMISH quilt top! Look up on their websites and see how much your gift is worth. I bought one more than twenty years ago in PA and paid a month's salary for it. You have a true treasure and wonderful friends. You must be a special lady.

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    I would stick to the simplicity as a theme for this quilt. I'd do a 2-color binding with the front color highlighting whatever applique you choose for the center squares and a color for the back to highlight a nice simple floral print. It'll be dynamic on both sides then!

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    What a great opportunity to show off some fabulous quilting. Use a floral on the back and floral quilt motifs in each block. It will be gorgeous!!!!

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    the quilting would enhance bring out the beauty of the quilt- beautiful quilting in all that blank space could make a wonderous quilt! if the colors are not really (your thing) choose a backing that is (your thing) and use it for the top- and what you have as a back....but with the right quilting that could be wonderful!
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    Using it for the back was my first thought and I see Tartan already wrote the same. It would make a lovely backing. Of course the other ideas are really creative as well. Hope you post again after you finish making this into a quilt.
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    You might also do a fabric content check, it could be a poly/cotton blend and if it is, I would stick with that for the backing as well, and use a poly batt rather than the cotton. Just a thought.

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    What a wonderful gift! That begs for some great feathers and that deep border makes for special quilting space. I know the proportion bothers you, but it is so practical. It places the piecing on the bed and provides a significant drop so no one catches a draft sleeping under it. Some traditional Amish quilt designs are really deep 12-15". Perhaps check out some pictures of the Espirit collection for inspiration.From a handquilter who sees a brilliant canvas, but it is your quilt top to do as you please.
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    I've seen some cool quilts where the stitching was done from the back rather than from the front. I would be tempted to find an appealing backing fabric then do the quilting to match that fabric. It will look like an all-over pattern on the "top" side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Learner747 View Post
    You have an AMISH quilt top!! An AMISH quilt top!!! I agree with JJean: a plain backing and hand quilt it. After all you have an AMISH quilt top! Look up on their websites and see how much your gift is worth. I bought one more than twenty years ago in PA and paid a month's salary for it. You have a true treasure and wonderful friends. You must be a special lady.
    My thoughts exactly. I wouldn't change a thing about the top, would make a back that's in keeping with the top, and hand quilt it. (Well maybe saying that I would hand quilt it is going too far. I haven't hand quilted anything... yet.)

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    Ive seen some beautiful quilting on this site that would make a plain quilt pop out and be the beauty that draws the envy of many.
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    I would applique those blocks, and use a colorful backing and binding.

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    Use this for the back of your quilt and them piece the front where you choose the colors. Don't cut this one until you know what size you need.
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    Even though it looks very plain now when it is quilted it will come to life. Quilting makes the quilt!!!

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    You could think about making something you really like for the other side and having the blue as the back, although it could be reversible and used as the front also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdobbert40 View Post
    Make a top that you like and use this as the backing.
    I agree. Use that as a backing.

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