I have just finished a LARGE lap quilt. 78x78.
i am stumped on how to cut my backing fabric. I have 4 1/3 yards.
i haven't made anything this big.
What do I do?
The only thing I can think of is to use another fabric along with what you have and make a pieced backing. The most you can get out of 4 1/3 yds is 78" x 84" and you won't have enough for a 78" top, especially if you are quilting on a longarm. You need at least an extra 8" to attach to the leaders and the clamps so you have room to quilt the borders. I would use 86" to 90" of the 4 1/3 yds with other fabrics and make some blocks to match the top. Maybe the backing that you have with a row of blocks next to it. Wish I could draw a picture to show what I'm trying to explain!
I'd follow Nana' suggestion. I can't remember which quilt it was now but i did this and it worked fine. Good luck.
Quilting My Rainbow
Hey, Nana, I'm confused.... How did you get 81"? I figured 4yds= 144" + 1/3 yd = 12". So that's 156". Cut that in half = 78". Where did I do that wrong? It's getting late and I've been awake for about 30 hours- just can't think right!
I got 78" too. But did you have them cut the backing to 4 1/3yds, if so they may have cut it generously and you may have a few more inches. If you fold your backing fabric in half lengthwise, is it as long as your quilt, or hopefully a few inches longer so you'll have a little wiggle room. If it's long enough, then just follow Nana's directions.
Well it could be because I divided my 1/3 yd measurement wrong....LOL. I came up with 9in instead of 6in. It was late when I was doing my math. That would make 78 not 81.
If I fold the fabric in half lengthwise I appear to have 82 inches which makes sense now. Is it bad to have the seam down the middle?
You can have the seam down the middle if you like.