Backing

Backing

BACKING

Use the same quality backing fabric as used in the quilt top. Remove selvages and cut backing at least 4˝ larger than quilt top on all sides. It is necessary to seam backing for quilts larger than 36˝ wide when using standard 40-42˝-wide fabric. Use either vertical or horizontal seaming, whichever requires less fabric. Press backing seams open.

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Response to Jbbolton75
Baste your quilt layers well using your preferred method (i.e., safety pins), leaving no more than the space of your hand between pins. Begin your quilting in the center of the quilt and work outward, being very careful to completely smooth out all layers in each area before beginning to quilt in that area. If using straight line quilting, I highly recommend using a walking foot.
BEST WAY TO KEEP BACKING STRAIGHT
Is there a good way to keep thequiltbacking straight while using a regular home sewing machine
Backing designs
I think the backing is sometimes just as important as the quilt tops. I am forever inquisitive as to what the backings look like whenever I see some beautiful quilts. I wish the magazines would show a corner of the backing in their photos of the quilts.

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