How much bigger should the backing be than the quilt top?
Size of the back: must be at least 6″ wider on each side, top and bottom, than your quilt top. A total of 12″ larger than your quilt top. Trim the top and bottom edges of your backing so they are straight and square.
What size batting do I need for my quilt?
What Size Batting Do You Need? You want your batting to be larger than your quilt top (front) by about 4″ bigger than the length and height and slightly smaller than your quilt back. In other words the backing should be the biggest of the three layers.
How much bigger should your 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.
How much extra backing do I need for machine quilting?
Most longarm quilters require a backing that is 8-10″ larger than the quilt top both in width and height. For example, a 60″ quilt top requires an 68″ square backing. This 4-5″ of excess backing all the way around the quilt allows the longarm sewing machine to “hold onto” the quilt while it sews.
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.
How many yards do I need for a queen size quilt backing?
A standard queen size quilt that is 88 inches wide and 96 inches long takes about 8 yards of fabric for the front of the quilt and another 8 yards of fabric for the back of the quilt, depending on the pattern and fabric you choose.
How much backing do I need for a 5 WEL reel?
A five-weight reel generally takes between 80 to 120 yards of backing, depending on the line being used, reel arbor size, and design. When you get up to bigger fish or outfit sizes you might want to move up to 30 lb. backing.