How do you pick fabric for quilt backing?

What color should a quilt backing be?

Before selecting a backing fabric, consider the quilting thread color. For example, if the quilt is quilted with white thread, a black backing would make it stand out.

How much bigger should quilt backing be?

The quilt backing needs to be larger than the quilt top to allow extra for fabric that is taken up during quilting and for stabilization when using a quilting frame. Always add 8″ to both the length and width measurements so you have an extra 4″ of fabric all around.

Can I use a sheet for quilt backing?

We’ll talk about this in more details, but here’s the short story: you can ABSOLUTELY use bed sheets for quilt backs! There’s a few obvious benefits to this: No piecing together a quilt back! This is the best benefit – just buy a sheet big enough to back your quilt and you don’t need to piece it together!

What is background fabric?

The background fabric is usually the one that is not the star of the quilt and allows the pattern of the quilt block to pop and shine out. Without the difference between a background and the pattern that we want to create, the quilt will just blend all over. This is an option too if you want to create such a quilt.

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What type of quilt batting is best?

Cotton is a great choice for quilt batting, especially if your quilt top and backing are also made from cotton fibers. It’s best known for being soft, breathable, warm, and easy to work with. It does shrink when you wash it, which creates a crinkly/puckered look on more dense quilting designs.

Should the batting be the same size as the backing?

The batting also needs to be larger than the top but not larger than the backing. I can always trim the batting if it is too large but harder to make it bigger if too small, although I have pieced batting together as needed with satisfactory results it is always best to do that before sending it to the longarm quilter.

How many yards of backing do I need for a queen size quilt?

Typically, three horizontal strips of fabric are pieced together to cover a queen-size quilt. For example, if your finished quilt width with allowance is 126 inches, you need 3 1/2 yards of fabric to go across it.