- Why is a good quilt backing necessary for a quilt?
- How much larger than the quilt top should my backing be?
Today I am going to just talk about the wide quilt backings purchased from quilt stores. I will address backings made from 45 inch side fabrics later.
- Why should I tear my backing instead of just leaving the edge like I got it from the quilt store when I bought it?
- What do you suggest doing with the wide quilt backing from the store to prepare the quilt back?
Tear the non salvage edge of your backing until you get a strip that will tear all away across the width of the backing. You will be surprised how much off grain the wide backing actually is! I suggest purchasing an extra 1/2 yard when purchasing this fabric. You may loose that much by the time you square both ends of the fabric.
Next measure across the width from one salvage side toward the other salvage until you are at 81 inches. That is the 75 inch width of your quilt plus the extra 6 inches. TEAR at this mark down the length of your backing. This tear will be parallel to the salvage.
Set the narrow piece you tore off aside. Now measure down the salvage that is still attached to the piece of backing that you will be using 96 inches. That is 90 inches plus the additional 6 inches. TEAR ACROSS your backing piece perpendicular to the salvage. You can leave the one salvage piece on the backing. It will be used to pin your backing to the quilting machine or quilt frame.
- What is the last step in preparing my backing?
- Do I need to preshrink my backing fabric?
Wasn't that easy? It takes a very small time to prepare a perfect quilt backing and it makes a much better quilt when finished.