Your question: How big should my quilt batting be?

Should batting be the same size as the quilt top?

As for your batting and backing, they should be both cut 6-8 inches larger than the quilt top. … At the same time, if you’re adding a lot of stitches to the quilt top, the quilt will shrink up a bit, too.

How much bigger than the quilt top should the 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. Trim off the selvage of all backing fabrics.

Should you iron quilt batting?

Never hang batting, as this causes distortion. Make sure to relax the batting on a flat surface that is large enough to prevent stretching where it overhangs the edges. Never use medium or high heat when removing wrinkles from quilt batting. Do not iron quilt batting to remove wrinkles or creases.

How do I get the wrinkles out of quilt batting?

A quick and simple solution is to throw the batting in the dryer with a damp washcloth (or spray the creases with water). Let it tumble on low for 5 – 10 minutes, then spread the batting out, smooth it flat and let it rest for a few hours. There may still be some faint creases but those are generally OK.

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How do you pick fabric for quilt backing?

When considering the color of the backing fabric, keep the value of the quilt top in mind. A darker backing can make the quilt front look a bit shadowed. A high contrast design on the backing fabric may peek through a lighter quilt top. To prevent this, use a backing the same value as the front of the quilt.