Preparing the Backing

  • Wide backings are great because they don’t need piecing; however, make sure to preshrink them before giving to your quilter. They will shrink much more than standard width cottons do. It is recommended that you purchase ½ yard extra for shrinkage.
  • If you are piecing your backing and your fabric is not directional, it is best to piece it with all seams parallel to the top and bottom edges of quilt. Remove selvedge edges first (I tear mine), then stitch using a ½” seam allowance and then press to one side. Vertical seams are sometimes necessary but they build up faster on the bars of the long arm machine causing the seam to be tight and the surrounding fabric to be looser, which can create tucks in the backing. This can also happen if the selvedge edges are left on.