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From: pretnichols
Date: 01-10-2006, 03:57 PM (1 of 3)
Hello ladies & gents -- I am looking for suggestions on a backing for a quilt I am making. I am making a 9 patch fleece quilt (all squares are fleece), most likely lap size. I need to figure out how to back it and what to back it with. My husband said why bother, but I think it would look nicer with a backing on it. I would also put a light layer of batting in between. Would flannel work? Or more fleece? Thoughts or suggestions would be appreciate!


Peggy :re:

So little time, sew much to do...........
User: pretnichols
Member since: 10-16-2005
Total posts: 342
From: Donaburd
Date: 01-10-2006, 05:22 PM (2 of 3)
I made one Peggy and I used fleece for the backing. I didn't use a batting, would be too warm here in FL. Came out great and it's so soft and comfy.
User: Donaburd
Member since: 12-15-2005
Total posts: 38
From: Dustbunny01
Date: 01-10-2006, 09:52 PM (3 of 3)
flannel, or cotton would work..
I would not add more fleece to the back of the quilt.. ( it might get too hard to sew and may not fit under your foot esp. when sewing on the seams)

yards of fabric need for backing and binding.. is only about ( I would size up by a yard or two) :) all sizes is close.. measure to be sure on your quilt size.

Most fabric you buy is 45" but you need to cut away the selvage, So you end up with about 42" wide fabric..
I cut the fabric in half and sew the two together sewing a 5/8" line, this makes the backing wider to fit your quilt press flat.
make sure your backing and if your going to use batting to have it bigger then the top of the quilt ( usally about 4" is all that is needed, but I find you can get away with less If using cotton batting)

Strech out the backing and tack or tape it tight to the floor, ( or you can buy 1x4's 4 of them and use clamps and just strech it tight to it, (making sure you have the backing right side down in other words, the backing will be wrong side up as you place the batting on it.) place your batting on top hand flaten out smooth.. Now lay the top of the quilt right side facing up.. and pin pin pin!! ( pin about ever 6" starting from the middle, and working your way to the sides.. smoothing out as you go.
making sure all your pins are going in all 2/3 layers.

now take it off, and start quilting it. use a walking foot if your going to machine quilt it together.

baby: 36"x54" about 3 yards
lap: 54" x72" about 4 yards
Twin size 63" x 86" about 4 yards.
Double 78" x 87" about 5 yards
Queen 84" x 92" about 7 yards
King 100" x 92" about 8 yards

dont' forget to bind the quilt together. :smile:

binding is what will finish off the edges of the quilt..
I useally use a 2.5" cotton fabric strips.. fold in 1/2 then iron.. sew on 1/4" at the edge of the quilt, turn, and sew once again with a nice stich.
User: Dustbunny01
Member since: 11-11-2005
Total posts: 159
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