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I'm in the process of making a 'scrappy' quilt.  I have enough backing
fabric to run the seam horizontally across the middle but not enough
to use it vertically with it seamed on each side.   Every book I've
read says never do a horizontal seam on the back.  Is this just for
visual appeal or is there another reason like shrinkage or something?
If it's just for looks, I can live with a horizontal seam...if it's
for another reason, I'll have to find a Plan B backing fabric.  Thank
you, Donna

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I see no reason why a horizontal seam would be structurally less sound
than a vertical one, but I would use a slightly more generous seam
allowance than 1/4".  TANQP

Lizzy

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Yeah, what Lizzy said.  Also, no matter how tempted you are to leave the
selvedges, don't do it.  They will shrink/pull a little or a lot.  I have
seen some otherwise nice patterns for heirloom baby gowns that encouraged
cutting the opening with the selvedge so the facing wouldn't have to be
finished.  Bad idea.  Polly

"Lizzy Taylor" <
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i've done a few with horizontal seams, but have learned to quilt them
turning the whole sandwich on it's side.
then the quilt doesn't pucker as much.
amy in CNY

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Thanks gals,  horizontal seam it will be with selvages removed!  I
appreciate your help.  Donna

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I thought that advice was for quilts that will be hanging vertically -
basically show quilts, or wall hangings I guess, I think it's to avoid
sagging.

I've seen instructions to make quilters width fabric into a wider
backing with diagonal seams. I have friends who piece every scrap left
from the front into the back - no one has complained of it causing a
problem.

So I guess it depends on what you are planning to do with the quilt.

Cheers
Anne

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If you are having it "long-armed" you might be wise to check with your
quilter. At least some long-armers do not like vertically seamed
backings, because then the seam makes a ridge in the rolled up quilt. I
may not have explained it well, so just check with your quilter...

Julia in MN

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On May 23, 8:42=A0pm, Julia in MN <jaccola-AT-chartermi-
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Thanks Julia....I'm going to quilt this myself, so that won't be a
problem.  I appreciate your insight though and will remember that for
ones I send out.  Donna

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IMO it has to do with how you might usually fold the quilt. One of the
folds often goes down the middle in each direction.

If you have enough fabric, you might consider this method:
http://www.flynnquilt.com/workshop/FreeLessons /
Scroll down to "diagonal pieced quilt back". Using this depends a lot
on the design of your backing -stripes might not work well. Also, you
lose 2 triangles'-worth of fabric. But it's very clever for making
that seam less visible.
Roberta in D

On Sun, 23 May 2010 11:26:24 -0700 (PDT), dealer83

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Thanks for mentioning the (ultimate) folding of the quilt. For that reason,
I suggest the horizontal seam be off center if possible. FWIW, my QOV Bee
uses the horizontal seam on 99% of the quilts we make. We remove the
selvedges and use a wider seam, backstitching here and there. The long arm
quilters are fine with this. In fact, the long arm quilters here usually set
the project into the frame so the backing seam is a bit off center, if the
size allows, unless there is a design consideration. We wash finished quilts
and they wash up nicely. We make sturdy quilts, so are confident they will
hold up in use.
HTH. Pat in Virginia
PS: I have never used the diagonal seam method in the Flynn site. Any
comments from the crew here?

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I have actually used it. Had a piece that was just a few inches too
short, but plenty wide, so I boldly sliced as Flynn describes and it
worked perfectly.
Roberta in D

On Mon, 24 May 2010 10:45:16 -0400, "Pat in Virginia"

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I've used Flynn's diagonal seam quite often. It works especially well
when your backing is just a few inches too narrow, as it really is a
fabric saver there. He has a formula for calculating the amount of
fabric you need. I put the formula in a spread sheet, so all I have to
do is enter the length and width of my quilt and the width of my backing
fabric.

Julia in MN

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And are we sharing "our" spread sheet?

On Mon, 24 May 2010 10:13:00 -0500, Julia in MN

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Yes,I will share. I've got it in .123 format. I assume you probably want
.xls, so I'll convert it for you. Hopefully it will convert correctly.

Julia in MN

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Dear Julia,
If you would care to send that info here to my palace in Virginia, I will
greatly appreciate it!!
Thanks a million!
Pat

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Ive just cut a backing using the Flynn method, but to make it even wider
I'm inserting a strip of blocks made with the left over pieces from the
front. Seems to be working ok, and it looks planned.

I was a bit scared when I cut the diagonal, but it works beautifully.

Method is at:

http://www.flynnquilt.com/workshop/FreeLessons /

about halfway down the page.

Sally at the Seaside ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~uk
http://picasaweb.google.com/SallySeaside



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Thanks Sally for sharing this link.
Barbara in SC



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I've done horizontal seams, in fact, on a quilt I use and wash often.
Looks
great after many washings. Go for it!

Sherry

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I often use a horizontal seam on quilts less than 72" long because two
widths of fabric are a perfect fit. I do not remove the salvage until
the seam has been sewn. The salvage makes it easier to match the
edges. I sew a one inch seam then trim off the salvage and press the
seam allowance flat. The salvages on the top and bottom are cut off
after quilting when the backing is trimmed.

Susan


on Sun, 23 May 2010 11:26:24 -0700 (PDT), dealer83

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Excellent, Susan.  Trimming afterwards certainly would make matching as well
as seriously stabilizing good, good.  I can remember that.  Polly

"Susan Laity Price" <>I often use a horizontal seam on quilts less than 72"
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