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    Quilt backing - how should I piece together?

    hi, my quilt top is roughly 55' x 93" and so I need to piece together the backing. What is the best place to put the seam....down the middle, or should I have one wide middle piece and 2 narrow end pieces? Another issue will be matching up the print, which I'll put in another post! thank you for any help quilt experts!

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    Re: Quilt backing - how should I piece together?

    At 55" wide, I would just have a seam down the middle. My preference is to us a 1/2" seam allowance and press open. That way I'm not surprised by a thick seam while quilting.

    Actually, my preference is to buy wide enough fabric that I don't have to piece. There are a lot of nice fabrics that are 60" wide.
    Vonnie

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      Craftsy has a class that is called Creative Quilt Backs. It's free and has some fun ideas to check out.

      Learn How To Back a Quilt In: Creative Quilt Backs
      Last edited by Hulamoon; February 15, 2014, 07:00 AM.
      🌺 Lorie

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        He he.. I just looked on pinterest and typed in 'creative quilt backs' - oh boy, certainly gives me ideas!

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          Originally posted by Hulamoon View Post
          Craftsy has a class that is called Creative Quilt Backs. It's free and has some fun ideas to check out.

          Learn How To Back a Quilt In: Creative Quilt Backs
          Thanks for that tip Lorie - I just signed up!

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            thank you all! I will just done one seam down the middle. I checked out that free Craftsy class and it did explain things too! now I understand how to do it! awesome! if only I had a washable glue stick now! ;-)

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              #7
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              Why, thank you very much for the link, Hulamoon! I am going to need to piece the backing for my Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt, and this is going to be very helpful. I'm joining Craftsy right now. I never attended any of their on-line classes, but they seem to be appreciated by many forum members, so I'm giving them a try.

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                #8
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                I'm a fan of the 108" wide backing fabric. But I'm certainly going to look at that craftsy class

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                  #9
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                  In my opinion, it depends on how it's going to be quilted. If it's going on a longarm frame, it's better to have the seam across the middle horizontally. A vertical seam on a longarm will have a lump in the center.

                  Having said that - when I can, I piece my backs diagonally, using John Flynn's method.

                  Diagonal Quilt Backing Calculator

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                    I like the idea of a creative pieced back........it will be one of a kind!
                    "I'm putting together a list of 100 reasons why I am NOT relentless!" - Sue Heck, The Middle

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                      You can use Elmer's school glue stick. They are washable too. You an find them at almost any dollar store.
                      Originally posted by quiltlady View Post
                      thank you all! I will just done one seam down the middle. I checked out that free Craftsy class and it did explain things too! now I understand how to do it! awesome! if only I had a washable glue stick now! ;-)
                      Blankets wrap you in warmth, quilts wrap you in love

                      Marilyn......
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                        Originally posted by auntiemern View Post
                        You can use Elmer's school glue stick. They are washable too. You an find them at almost any dollar store.
                        You can also use Elmer's School Glue.

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                        Marci

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                          #13
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                          thank you all for the tips! I used purple glue stick and hopefully it'll wash out. :-)

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                            Thank you for the link, didn't know Craftsy had that class, Trish

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