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    Help With Backing

    Okay, I need help. Purchased backing for a jelly roll quilt and for the life of me I can't figure out how to cut it to sew it together to fit! My brain is just not working right today and I would appreciate anyone's assistance.

    Jelly roll top size 51-1/2" wide, 60" long
    Backing is WOF x 104" long

    The ladies at the quilt shop used an app on their phone to calculate how much backing fabric I needed. I added a bit just to be safe but my geometry brain cells are on vacation today.
    :icon_happy: Don't worry, be scrappy!

    #2
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    I tend to over purchase on fabric, so I feel like you are cutting it very close on the amount of fabric needed.

    if the WOF = 44" then its 104" long you should just be able to cut in half - right?

    Then you will have 2 pcs that are 44" x 52"

    Then you can sew them together to have 1 pc 87" x 52"

    IF I am thinking correctly. I am going to watch and see what other answers you get - - hoping that I can learn something

    Teresa

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      #3
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      I am sending it to a longarmer to be quilted. I see what you mean about cutting it in half but that doesn't leave 4" on either side, which is what I have read most longarmers want due to shrinkage. There would be more than plenty in length but the width would be short. Maybe I need to make the top narrower? Don't want to do that unless absolutely necessary.
      :icon_happy: Don't worry, be scrappy!

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        #4
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        We need to know if the WOF is 42" or 44". By my calculations, even if the WOF is 44", you don't have enough material. One of the first things I would do is go back to the store and ask the ladies how they would piece it based on the amount of material they calculated.

        I think they should give you the right amount, in one cut, and take back the material that was not the right amount.
        Last edited by Sylvia H; February 21, 2016, 11:33 AM.
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          #5
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          backing.jpg

          You need to seam it. My numbers look weird. It's hard to write with the computer mouse. But make your first cut 68" by WOF. Then take the remaining yard of fabric, split it down the middle to give you two pieces that are 21" by 36". Seam them together to get a 21" by 71" piece and trim and seam it to the big piece. That way you should have enough for the longarmer.
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            #6
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            Sadly it looks like you got some bad advice at the quilt shop. Do you have extra fabric from the top where you could do a partial pieced backing? Depending on the quits design, perhaps just a strip of pieced work down the center?

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              #7
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              Originally posted by K. McEuen View Post
              [ATTACH=CONFIG]126344[/ATTACH]

              You need to seam it. My numbers look weird. It's hard to write with the computer mouse. But make your first cut 68" by WOF. Then take the remaining yard of fabric, split it down the middle to give you two pieces that are 21" by 36". Seam them together to get a 21" by 71" piece and trim and seam it to the big piece. That way you should have enough for the longarmer.
              Wow! Great job with this calculation.
              If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.- Zig Ziglar

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                #8
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                Originally posted by MZQuiltz View Post
                Sadly it looks like you got some bad advice at the quilt shop. Do you have extra fabric from the top where you could do a partial pieced backing? Depending on the quits design, perhaps just a strip of pieced work down the center?
                I agree with MZQuilts, make a beautiful strip to put down the middle of the back of the quils. If you ever watch Quilt in a Day Eleanor Burns, her assistant Sue Bouchard always uses up the leftovers to put on the back of the quilt, and it looks great every time. Don't stress over this, it will be great.

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                  #9
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                  Originally posted by Kandee View Post
                  I am sending it to a longarmer to be quilted. I see what you mean about cutting it in half but that doesn't leave 4" on either side, which is what I have read most longarmers want due to shrinkage. There would be more than plenty in length but the width would be short. Maybe I need to make the top narrower? Don't want to do that unless absolutely necessary.
                  Better check with your longarmer. Mine likes six inches extra all around.

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                    #10
                    Re: Help With Backing

                    Originally posted by K. McEuen View Post
                    [ATTACH=CONFIG]126344[/ATTACH]

                    You need to seam it. My numbers look weird. It's hard to write with the computer mouse. But make your first cut 68" by WOF. Then take the remaining yard of fabric, split it down the middle to give you two pieces that are 21" by 36". Seam them together to get a 21" by 71" piece and trim and seam it to the big piece. That way you should have enough for the longarmer.
                    This is how I usually do mine, too. 3 yards is plenty for a jelly roll quilt.

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                      #11
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                      Karen is right on with her calculations and drawing - even if you plan to quilt it yourself your backing needs to be bigger than your quilt top.

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                        #12
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                        Thank you so much for your help! Since it is a jelly roll top I don't have any other fabric from the top that can be added to the back. The drawing from Karen is exactly what I was looking for. Lesson learned, I will do my own calculations from now on and never again cut it so close. I don't know why I couldn't wrap my head around it. This forum is a lifesaver!
                        :icon_happy: Don't worry, be scrappy!

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                          #13
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                          I also use an app on my phone to calculate backing, QuiltSandwich. You put in the measurements of the quilt, overage you want and the WOF and it calculates the yardage and tells you how to piece it together. Has worked great so far.

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                            #14
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                            Originally posted by BethAnn View Post
                            I also use an app on my phone to calculate backing, QuiltSandwich. You put in the measurements of the quilt, overage you want and the WOF and it calculates the yardage and tells you how to piece it together. Has worked great so far.
                            what app is that would love to have it on my phone? thanks in advance

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                              #15
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                              Does it matter if you cut your backing fabric horizontal across the width? Or it 'should' be cut lengthwise? Thanks!

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