Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tutorial Tuesday EQ7 Quilt backings

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As you may have noticed, I love doing scrappy backs for quilts, sometimes I sort of plan what I want to do, sometimes I just go for it and sew pieces together, here’s a few ideas of how to plan a quilt back.

Often long arm quilters want the backing to be at least 8” bigger than the top. So I have one top that’s square and measures 47”, so the back should be 55” x 55”

For this one I’m starting the backing as a BLOCK in EQ- this way I can draw lines and play around with a layout.

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Now I’m using scraps from half yard chunks so that takes a bit more math, but at least because the backing is less than 60” then it’s 1.5 widths of fabric strips to cover that! (40” + 20”)

and if I have half a yard that’s 18” and want to do the same on the left and right, I’d need 3 strips total ( 1.5 x 2) and normally I’d cut a bit less than 6” maybe 5 1/2” just because fabrics are rarely cut straight and then shrinkage in the wash. And don’t forget the seam allowance!

here’s strips on the sides with a mark at the 40” mark

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I then decided to add two more strips so the center will be less than 40”

and I made the strips 5” here, so cutting is 5.5”

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really I could continue like this and then know that I’d need 9 or 10 sets of these to have the backing wide enough , 9 sets would = 54” and 10 sets would be 60”

Then I added two chunks at the top and bottom to be 16” wide, so each is less than half a yard.

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Then I added another two chunks in the middle, each 8” so together that’s half a yard.

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Then I could add small blocks in the middle, just to change it up!

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It doesn’t really matter if these small blocks are the same width in this case, as long as they come together and are the same width as a WOF (The strips above and below)

So if making the backing, I would cut out the long pieces first above and below the middle and see how wide (or high in this case) I need the center blocks to be to make the 55” then piece all that together and then add the sides

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Of course you can also make an easy back with yardage

If you make a new quilt and select vertical strip, you’ll see that the max width is 30”.

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To change that go to quilt worktable options

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and under strip quilt,change 30 to 50

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Then you can go to strip #1 on the quilt and move the bar to 40” a width of fabric and then make it 55” long in my case

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Then move the 2nd strip width bar to 15” and the quilt back will be 55 x 55”

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Now EQ wants to pieces the big piece, but you’ll know that it’s just a long piece of fabric plus 15” (that would be pieced from 2 pieces)

and it’s easier to just use a calculator and do 55” x 2 and piece together (which is 3yds)

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There’s lots of ideas on pinterest too!

I made a board if you want to follow it

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