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From: blackie
Date: 10-28-2006, 02:03 PM (1 of 3)
Does anyone have a good set of directions for piecing the back of a quilt? My friend has a qulit face that is 56" by 68" and has never pieced a backing before. I looked online for good instructions and didn't find any that weren't messy or confusing. I know some fabric stores have handouts that are nicely done.

And on the subject, check out this rather sassy method of diagonal piecing ( for the back (you have to scroll down a bit). The math-nerd in me likes this idea. Anyone tried it?
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From: Patty22
Date: 10-28-2006, 04:38 PM (2 of 3)
I have never tried the John Flynn method of the triangles. Usually one would just take the smallest measurement between the width and length and just double it for the amount of fabric you would need to piece a back together.

With many new fabrics coming in backing widths I'm not sure how many quilters still piece a back..........

But me.............I just throw together the pieces of fabric that I have (and wonder why as god as my witness did I buy this stuff)...thentoss in a few blocks for good measure and call it quits. This is the best way to get rid of the stash.
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 10-28-2006, 05:41 PM (3 of 3)
You don't actually have to piece a quilt back anymore.
They have fabric 108" wide, they have 'pre-quilted' fabric, you can back it with fleece, (Minkee if you're rich). You can just make long wide strips or LARGE pieces (2 @ 45", etc...).
(I'm lazy and take the easy way...besides when you spend a lot of time embroidering the top, who really cares what the back looks like, as long as it matches and looks good.)

User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
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