You will quilt the project as desired prior to finishing the binding. Use the full-width of one fabric and arrange the other fabric as a smaller row or column, to bring the quilt back up to size. It saves you time because you don’t have to sew long pieces together, and if you are hand quilting you don’t have any extra seams to sew through. Because minky is slippery it is often not cut square when you purchase it. Make sure your back is cut square. Binding a Quilt with the Backing Fabric~ 1- make sure your backing fabric is larger than the quilt top by at least 2″ 2- trim your batting to the edge of the quilt top. When I create a quilt back this way, I don’t even half to measure the quilt top. If you have smaller blocks or lots of blocks, start by sewing them together, perhaps with sashing. Finished with "Quilt Backing"? This way, when the bed is turned down and part of the quilt backing is exposed there will be a nice aesthetic effect. I normally wouldn’t quilt to the edge using this method and instead quilt 1” away from the edge or so…but it was an afterthought with this little quilt. If possible, tumble dry or let it air dry. Example: 60" x 68" throw quilt. This is where the backing would start to shift and wrinkle if it weren't taped down. Sometimes it gets flipped over, or scrunched somehow and the back shows. There’s a lot of pull put on this Seam when you quilt the quilt. If you think about it, making the quilt back is actually an opportunity to sew another quilt in fabrics/colors that coordinate with your first one. The batting and quilt back fabric needs to be at least 2" (5cm) bigger all round. It is harder to see the quilting on a busy fabric. Longarmers will need at least an extra 4″ of backing on EACH side of the quilt, if not more, so as to allow them to properly load the quilt on their machine. This approach often means you can buy less yardage than the above approach. Your Quilt is not complete without one When shopping for quilt backing some people like to purchase inexpensive fabric, or plain muslin for the backing of their quilts. The small row or column can be pieced so that there is not a bunch of extra fabric left over. Well, that depends upon your quilt top, of course. … Fat Quarter Shop has one of the largest selections I’ve seen. It’s helpful to use a backing piece that is approximately 2.5” longer and wider than a mug rug top, or 3″ wider on all four sides of a quilt to make centering it easier. Maybe I'll try overdying it! The reason for this, is that a quilt gets most of its wear down the center and a seam there will wear faster. For this approach, you’ll have to buy enough yardage to sew two large pieces together. Connect them to create a long column and then join the column to the main fabric. Buy 1 1/3 yards of the column fabric (stripe fabric above). Here are some ideas to help you push on to make that quilt backing. That means add 8" to the width and 8" to the length and cut your backing and batting fabric to those dimensions. Cut it in half to yield (2) 24” x width-of-fabric sections. The short side is 88”. You can also make a horizontal seam on the back. An example would be my halloween quilt, which has a lot of one type of halloween fabric on it (see the my Quilt Gallery), but also has a section made up of great seasonal fat quarters which may never have been used on a quilt top. Buy 2 yards of the main fabric (the bee fabric above). Did you buy way too much fabric for your quilt top? Buy 3 3/4 yards for 135” of backing fabric. Unless it is a fun and funky quilt like the halloween one, I think I'll stick to a co-ordinated backing! Quilt Size Dimensions Backing 2 1/2” Binding Assembly Diagram TWIN 63” x 87” 5 1/4 yds. Some quilters also like to piece the quilt backing, using the left over fabric from the front. As always when a quilt is quilted on a long arm, the backing must be square for best results. BackSide Fabrics is an e-tailer specializing in wide quilt backing fabrics, extra wide panels, Quilters Dream Batting, and Moda Bias Binding. The one thing you can do, to make sure the backing fabric is not too short, is measure the quilt top and add 8" to each dimension. I think it looks prettier if it appears that you put some effort into choosing a complimentary back. Sometimes all that is needed is a compatible stitching design on the back to support a beautiful pieced quilt top. Quilts that will be used on a bed should have backings that complement the fabrics on the front of the quilt. Make a small test quilt sandwich and give it a go. If you quilt to the edge of your quilt top…you’re going to see it in the binding of the quilt on the back. Dee says: October 20, 2017 at 10:32 am I agree. 3- trim your backing fabric to 3/4″ from the quilt top. But wait! The yardage required is 5 1/3 yards. That provides a cut of fabric 42” wide and 72” long. Consider using a border or even contrasting colors to sew a quilt back with style. I actually prefer to choose a backing that co-ordinates with the top of the quilt. Is your fabric stash getting a little unwieldy? DOUBLE 78” x 87” 5 1/4 yds. The chore of creating a quilt backing fabric is often not nearly as enticing as starting a new project. Quilting probably started when someone wanted to use up the scraps left over from dressmaking. Now you are ready to quilt! Another nice way to make a quilt back style is with two different fabrics. Third, apply basting spray to the back of the batting and center it on the backing piece. The quilting pattern should be appropriate for the style of the quilt. Making your quilt sandwich is arguably the single most important step for success when backing a quilt with minky fabric. When you self bind, you use the backing … Just how do you showcase the quilt backing? That way you can use the same thread in … As much as you can, keep it away from hot water and heat drying. Sometimes a sheet's tight weave resists quilting. Spread out the batting onto the backing. Sometimes I try to "use up" what I've got -- after all, isn't that what quilting is all about? 3. Finishing that quilt is going to be soooo rewarding. Everything you need to finish your quilt! The long side is 68”, which will work with the 80” joined-yardage width. Measure the width plus 8” and purchase two times this number. Bindings are used to enclose the raw edges of the 3 layers of the quilt (quilt top, batting and backing materials). Using one, truly special fabric for the backing can really enhance your enjoyment of the finished quilt. Wide backing fabrics make the cheapest and easiest quilt backing. 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