How much overage do I need for quilt backing?

How much overage do you need for long arm quilting?

If you’ve looked into longarm quilting services, you’ll notice that backings must be bigger than you usually make them. Most longarmers ask for a backing that is 8-10″ larger than the quilt top in each direction, which provides 4-5″ of excess backing all the way around the quilt.

Can you use muslin for quilt backing?

Traditionally muslin has been a popular choice for backing fabric. Even a high quality muslin fabric is less expensive than it’s printed fabric counterpart, and some quilt admirers prefer to be able to see the quilting stitches on the back, which muslin lends itself to.

How many yards of fabric do I need for a queen size quilt backing?

Typically, three horizontal strips of fabric are pieced together to cover a queen-size quilt. For example, if your finished quilt width with allowance is 126 inches, you need 3 1/2 yards of fabric to go across it.

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