Backing a cross stitched baby quilt

by Heather
(Bartlett, TN, USA)

Hi Carol, I have just discovered your website and find it very useful! Much easier to understand than kit instructions. Currently, I am stitching a stamped cross stitch baby quilt. It is pre-quilted, however, I am stitching through all the layers so I would like to finish the back with flannel as you suggested in another post.

I think it would be much more comforting. But I am not experienced at sewing and am worried about the backing shrinking etc once it has been applied to the quilt. Is that something I have to allow for?

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Heather, you are wise to consider this before completing your project. Indeed the backing fabric and the front could well shrink by different amounts at the first washing.

To prevent this causing the work to pull out of shape I would recommend washing both the completed stitching and the backing fabric separately before assembling them. This will allow them to be stitched together afterwards, without any detrimental effect to your finished project.

If you are going to bind the edges of the quilt, it may also be a good move to wash that fabric before using it. This may sound like a lot of work, but considering the time you will put into the embroidery itself it is worth doing to ensure a successful piece of work that will be treasured for years.

Have fun.

Carol

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I haven't used fusible webbing on a quilt
by: Carol

Gladys, I have never tried this personally, but it could work. It might, however, affect the drape of the quilt, by making it slightly stiffer. I would also still suggest stitching a border on, to ensure the quilt and its backing don't separate. I have my doubts about the longevity of the fusible webbing staying attached.

Regards,

Carol

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Hand tying a quilt
by: Carol

Hi Trish,

If your cross stitch pattern is done in squares or small sections you could use a tie down stitch in the corner of each square to attach the backing to the top. This was often done on patchwork quilts or crazy quilts in times gone past.

You would use a length of strong thread to do this. Bring the thread up from the back of the quilt sandwich through all layers. Take a small stitch and pull the thread through to the back. For security I prefer to do this twice. Then tie the threads together on the back of the work. I like to leave the tails long and after tying the knot I thread each end through a needle and "bury" them inside the quilt wadding. This helps to prevent them coming apart and makes it more comfortable for baby.

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by: Gladys

I have finished a cross stitch baby quilt for my great grandson to be born in Jan. I want to back it with a lightweight flannel material which I have cut to size. Question is: can I use a fusible web between the quilt and the backing? THANKS A WHOLE BUNCH

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Follow Up Question
by: Trish

Hi Carol,

A quick question regarding this post. Do you attach the flannel backing to the quilt anywhere other than the edges? Won't the flannel backing balloon or become loose over time?

Trish

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