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Thread: Just finished this Rail Fence Top

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    Senior Member Jenni M's Avatar
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    I just finished up this rail fence quilt top for the memorial scholarship I am doing. What do you think about the backing fabric?

    Also...help me here, the top measures 61 X 72 so how many yards do I need for the backing.

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    Very nice rail fence quilt. Can't help with answer about the backing as I am not very familiar with chosing good backing fabrics.

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    great quilt.
    but I am not crazy about the backing.. looks like the quilt is more of an deep aqua blue, where the backing is a different shade...

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    Love the backing fabric:) Quilt is very nice. Good color choices:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenni M
    I just finished up this rail fence quilt top for the memorial scholarship I am doing. What do you think about the backing fabric?

    Also...help me here, the top measures 61 X 72 so how many yards do I need for the backing.
    I like the backing fabric but for another project. That is, if your colours are somewhat true for both the top and backing, they don't blend together. If they do blend, then it would be something I would use.

    Backing .... two widths (2x40" = 80") will be enough for the length of your quilt.

    You need twice the 61" width plus the extra width for putting in the frame. I'd buy 2 x 2 yards = 4 yards.

    If you are binding with the same fabric ... you'll need extra for that.

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    Hi Jenni, love your rail fence. I'm not very fussy about backing fabrics.I don't think it has to blend perfectly (if it doesn't)The one you chose looks fine to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenni M
    I just finished up this rail fence quilt top for the memorial scholarship I am doing. What do you think about the backing fabric?

    Also...help me here, the top measures 61 X 72 so how many yards do I need for the backing.
    I like the backing fabric but for another project. That is, if your colours are somewhat true for both the top and backing, they don't blend together. If they do blend, then it would be something I would use.

    Thanks for the math lesson. I have such a hard time calculating for the backing!

    Backing .... two widths (2x40" = 80") will be enough for the length of your quilt.

    You need twice the 61" width plus the extra width for putting in the frame. I'd buy 2 x 2 yards = 4 yards.

    If you are binding with the same fabric ... you'll need extra for that.

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    Any other suggestions for the backing color?

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    Love the backing fabric:) Quilt is very nice. Good color choices:)
    my thoughts exactly!

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    The backing fabric is pretty but it would not be my first choice for this quilt. I would try to find something that is closer to the same color as the light in your quilt. Of course I know pics are deceiving sometimes so if this matches better than it looks on here then it would be fine. Like someone else said I don't think it has to exactly match but at least have a design in it that somewhat matches. Maybe for the design of your quilt you might try a pretty plaid or something like that.

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    Very pretty. I plan to make one very soon. I don't always match my backing fabric to the quilt. Sometimes I use fabrics I want to use up, that I don't want to use in a top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenni M
    Any other suggestions for the backing color?
    I'm liking it much better now, with this pic ... they look like they are all in the same colour family now.

    For the original pics ... your quilt top looked more black and teal with the yellow. Whereas the backing looked brown and turquoise.

    The one consideration ... that backing would be quite dark ... depends on whether you like that look. Some people do, and some don't! Also, as to how you want the quilting to show ... or not show!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsapquilter
    The backing fabric is pretty but it would not be my first choice for this quilt. I would try to find something that is closer to the same color as the light in your quilt. Of course I know pics are deceiving sometimes so if this matches better than it looks on here then it would be fine. Like someone else said I don't think it has to exactly match but at least have a design in it that somewhat matches. Maybe for the design of your quilt you might try a pretty plaid or something like that.
    Never thought of a plaid. That might be really cute. Would a homespun work or should I look for a tighter weave plaid?

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    Jenni, I love your quilt top. It is beautiful. I also love the backing fabric. The front and back do not necessarily have to match unless you are going to bring the backing to the front for binding. If you like it that is all that matters. Just noticed your yellow fab. I have the same fab and I love it. No wonder I was drawn to your quilt.

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    I love what you have done!

    I like the backing you have chosen and would buy at least 4 yards for that size. I cut mine into two pieces that are 2 yards by 44 inches.... then I sew them back together along the 72 inch side so it ends up 72 x 88....I often also add an extra strip....if you have any leftover rails from the front, that can add a bit of flair to the back too!

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    I put the dimensions into my fabricalc and it says 4-1/2 yards. I love your quilt. I like the backing when shown in the second pic.

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    Love this quilt, nice color combination! I think that fabric would be fine for the back. I'm not one that worries about the back matching.

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    FWIW...I LOVE your backing fabric. If you like it, Go for it!

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    Your backing fabric is beautiful - my favorite colors. I think it would be perfect for backing.

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    Love the backing the fence and rail looks wonderful!!

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    Jenni I think your quilt is beautiful. I love the rail fence but have yet to make one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    Jenni I think your quilt is beautiful. I love the rail fence but have yet to make one.
    What cjomomma said :thumbup:

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    love it !

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    Love the backing! I'd use the quilt either side with a back that pretty.

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    Jenni, I like the backing you have chosen and think it looks great. Beautiful job on the rail fence. It will be a wonderful fundraiser quilt!

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