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Backing & Batting

Backing

Often the quilt maker prepares a quilt backing that coordinates with the fabrics used in the quilt top.  Other times the quilt maker uses a high quality muslin for the backing.  Muslin is often a less expensive option than quilting cottons, but performs equally as well as the more expensive calicos.

For machine quilting, the backing needs to be a minimum of six inches larger than the quilt top in both directions (length and width).  The extra fabric allows for any shifting that can occur when the quilt layers are put on the longarm machine. 

If you don’t have a quilt backing prepared we have several options available for backing your quilt.  We carry high quality white on white fabric, white on natural fabric, and natural or white muslin with no print, in 108 inch to 120 inch widths.  These fabrics make it possible to have a one-piece back for your quilt, eliminating the seams required when narrower fabrics are used.  The muslin backs provide a palette that shows off the machine quilting to the maximum.  The white on white or white on natural provide an appearance of texture without adding color to the fabric back.

Batting

Battings come in various sizes and weights and are made from a number of different textiles.  The most commonly used are cotton, polyester, cotton/poly blends, and wool.  Years ago quilts were filled with whatever was available, often more layers of fabrics.  Summer quilts frequently had no batting, allowing their use in the warmer summer months.  As textiles have improved and offered more options for quilt batting, the selection depends on personal preference.  Polyester batting provides warmth and loft without the weight of cotton or wool.   Cottons, cotton blends, and wools provide more weight to the quilt, but do shrink to some extent.  How you will be using the quilt will also play into your choice of battings.  If you plan to use the quilt on a bed and launder it on a regular basis, you will need to be certain the batting will stand up to the frequent washing.   

You can purchase the batting you want to use, or we can provide it for you.  If you are shipping your quilt to us it might be less expensive to get your batting from us than to ship it.  Comparing prices could save you money.

We carry Hobbs 80/20 batting on a roll.  It is 90+ inches wide, allowing for one piece battings.  We also have polyfil in stock in king and queen sizes.  We have just added the Warm & Natural 100% cotton batting in a 90+ inch width.  If you have a particular batting you want, but don’t have access to it, we can probably get it for you.

Backing and Batting Prices.

 
The Finishing Touch | 3427 Willow Valley Road | South Jordan | Utah 84095 | Phone: (801) 253 0244
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