Planning a One-of-a-Kind Back
Like batting, the quilt back needs to be larger than the quilt top to allow for fabric that is taken up during quilting and for stabilization when using a quilting frame. When you plan and piece your creative backing, always add 6" to both the length and width measurements so you have an extra 3" of fabric all around.
If you are concerned about the quality of your hand or machine quilting, choose a backing fabric that will camouflage your stitches, such as a particularly busy one or one that matches the thread color used on the quilt top.
Consider that a pieced back with many seams can make hand quilting difficult, since the needle must pierce several layers of fabric. A pieced back is of less concern when you are machine-quilting.
Backing fabrics should have the same care requirements as the quilt top and should be preshrunk if the quilt top fabrics were.
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