How much bigger should quilt backing be than 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.
How big should the back of a quilt be?
That means your backing should be at least 6″ to 8″ wider and taller than your quilt top, more if you prefer (and even more backing) to fold it and bring it to the front of the quilt to create a self-binding.
Why does quilt backing need to be bigger?
The more space you give around the edge of the quilt the easier it’s going to be for the longarm quilter to attach it to the longarm quilting machine. If you start out with a backing that is the same size or just a little bit bigger than the top you don’t leave room to attach it and still quilt the whole quilt.
How many yards do I need to back a queen size quilt?
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.