Pieced backing for quilt
When you have to piece the back for a quilt, is it okay to just join in the middle or should it be done in thirds.
My preference is to put the seam anywhere
but the center of the quilt back.
Without thinking (and I do know better!) I'll fold a quilt in half and in half again...right on top of that seam allowance. Conventional wisdom says folding the quilt that way puts extra stress on the seam and I agree.
Here are a couple of techniques to keep the seam out of the center.
- Because I view the back as another excuse to buy fabric and most of my quilts are large enough to require a pieced back, I'll often buy two different fabrics (two is better than one, right?!) The fabrics are cut into wide, lengthwise grain strips. The strips are alternated and sewn together to create the backing 'fabric'.
Especially when the quilt is meant to hang on a wall, it's a good thing to have the stronger, lengthwise grain run from top to bottom to reduce stretching or sagging over time.
- Piece your large square and rectangular scraps together to create a cheap back...you don't have to spend any extra for it...and use up a fabric that won't find a home in another quilt. I use this alot when I'm using 'kid' flannels.
- The tried and true method is to split the second length of fabric in two and sew one to each side of the full width center length of fabric.
All these methods will keep the seam out of the center, and I believe that's the thing to do!
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