How much overage do I need for quilt backing?

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 material do I need for the backing of a queen size quilt?

The total yardage needed for a queen size quilt varies with the pattern and fabric used. 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 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.

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How much backing do I need for a king size quilt?

108″ backing is great for king or queen sized quilt, but a touch overkill for baby blankets.

How do I calculate how much fabric I need?

Figure out how much fabric you need with this formula:

  1. Width of fabric divided by width of one piece equals the number of pieces that fit into width (rounded down to the whole number).
  2. Total number of pieces divided by number of pieces that fit into width equals number of rows you need.

How much fabric do I need for quilt binding?

The entire length of your binding should be equal to the perimeter of the quilt plus 15 to 20 inches.

How many fat quarters do I need for a queen size quilt?

I printed these out on cardstock and use them all the time. I recently read that it takes about 30 fat quarters for a queen sized quilt and 40 for a king sized quilt; not sure about the double size, but I’d guess 20 or so since the above is increased by 10. A full sized quilt is about 81 X 88 inches.

How do I calculate how much fabric I need for a quilt?

Most quilting fabric has a usable width of about 40 inches, often a bit more. Divide 40 inches by 3-7/8 inches, the size of your squares. The answer, 10.32, is the number of 3-7/8 inch cuts you can make across the width of the fabric. Slide that back to a whole number, 10 cuts.

How do you make the backing for a quilt?

Quilt backing is the bottom layer of a quilt sandwich. They can be made from large cuts of coordinating fabric (such as 44″-wide quilting cotton ) that are stitched together to fit your quilt, or they can be cut down from 90″ or 108″ cuts of quilting cotton that are specially designed for backing large projects.

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Should the batting be the same size as the backing?

The batting also needs to be larger than the top but not larger than the backing. I can always trim the batting if it is too large but harder to make it bigger if too small, although I have pieced batting together as needed with satisfactory results it is always best to do that before sending it to the longarm quilter.

Do I quilt or bind first?

Binding a quilt is the final step in finishing. Before you bind, you need to somehow “quilt” your quilt. This means to attach the front and back, with batting in between.

How wide should the binding on a quilt be?

Fabric Cutting

Decide the width of binding. The standard choice is 2 1/4″ or 2 1/2″ depending on how wide you want your finished binding to look. They are both attached in the same way. Consider the thickness or loft of your quilt as this will affect the finished look of the binding.