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kmrchr Posted: Wed, Aug 14 2013 9:05 PM

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?

 

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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!

 

 

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Nana replied on Wed, Aug 14 2013 10:46 PM

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 2 yds  of fabric will give you 72 in length.   So take your 4 1/3 yd and fold in half lengthwise and cut 2 pieces.   Now lay these 2 pieces right sides together and sew down both sides.  Split the tube apart by cutting down the center of one of the sewn pieces.   You will now have a piece that is about 84 in wide by 81 in long.    I don't like to have a seam down the center of my backing that is why I sew the pieces together along both sides and then split one of the pieces in to two pieces.   Hope this helps.   I am not sure why this printed in bold ..... I turned the bold setting off but it wouldn't stay off....LOL

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ls2116 replied on Wed, Aug 14 2013 10:56 PM

I'd follow Nana' suggestion.  I can't remember which quilt it was now but i did this and it worked fine.  Good luck.

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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!

 

 

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Jacy replied on Wed, Aug 14 2013 11:33 PM

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.

 

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Nana replied on Thu, Aug 15 2013 12:08 PM

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.

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kmrchr replied on Thu, Aug 15 2013 2:11 PM

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?

 

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Jacy replied on Thu, Aug 15 2013 2:45 PM

You can have the seam down the middle if you like. 

 

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