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If I make a full size quilt mearing 78 x 78. Is it writh the the backing be about 4yds? I was told the the backing is twice the length of the quilt. Is that the general rule?  Please help. ( I hope it not too complicated).

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Comment by Pam/NY on December 1, 2012 at 10:33am

I do the same Carol, just in case I want to use the same fabric.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on December 1, 2012 at 9:16am

Debbie, I often also use the backing as binding, if it creates the look I want on the front.  My friends think I'm obsessive/compulsive, or whatever, but I usually choose and cut binding strips when I select the fabrics for a quilt.  I put them in a "snack" size zip-lok baggie and write "binding for (name of the quilt) on the baggie with a permanent pen, and throw it in a basket in my sewing room.  It works best when I'm making the quilt from a fabric line.  By the time the quilt is finished, the matching fabric will be nowhere in sight in a quilt store!  When I have quilted the quilt, or it comes back from the long-arm quilter, the binding is ready to go.  Weird, huh?

Comment by Jan Blixt on December 1, 2012 at 5:26am

you have gotten very wise advise from everyone so far but I have a question to Colleen and her formula. If your quilt is wider than what will fit in the width of two pieces of fabric, what calculations do you make? Do you multiply by 3?  If the quilt is going to a long arm quilter, the extra fabric around the outside is really important as it allows for room for the clamps and space to test tension before working on the quilt.

Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on December 1, 2012 at 4:25am

I agreee.  I,  more often than not, get more too if I really like the backing AND if it matches my top well.  That way I can use it for the binding and don't have to make the additional decision or trip to the quilt shop.  (Normally I never buy my binding until my quilt/quilting is all done) 

Comment by Colleen Taylor on December 1, 2012 at 4:01am

The ladies are correct but I would actually recommend 4.5yards.

If the quilt is 78" long you would use this formula:
78" + 4" (for extending beyond the length)= 82" x 2 = 164"

164" / 36" = 4.55 yards

The general formula I use when a quilt is wider than 40" is:
  ____" (quilt top length) + 4" = ____" x 2 = _____" divided by 36" = ____(yards needed)

Then you can round up to the nearest  1/4 yard.

Hope that helps.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on November 30, 2012 at 12:42pm

A rule of thumb is that the backing should extend beyond the quilt  (and batting) about 4 inches on all sides.  Pam is exactly right on the additional quarter yard.

Comment by Pam/NY on November 30, 2012 at 12:06pm

Yes, it would be 4yds. but I would get an extra 1/4 yd to give yourself a few inches longer...

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