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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > Does this need a backing? ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 8/10/13 12:06 PM

Four fabrics make up this kit, and 1/4" seams are used. There is a binding, but no backing.

Wouldn't a backing (and maybe a thin layer for batting) make it easier to keep it level on the floor for cars and trucks and earth movers?

And protect those narrow seams?

Or is there a good reason to just keep it one layer as sewn?

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Date: 8/10/13 12:50 PM

I would layer it and see how it feels. Three layers of fabric would be sturdier than just one.

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Date: 8/10/13 1:37 PM

Quote: Annie- oh
Four fabrics make up this kit, and 1/4" seams are used. There is a binding, but no backing.



Wouldn't a backing (and maybe a thin layer for batting) make it easier to keep it level on the floor for cars and trucks and earth movers?



And protect those narrow seams?



Or is there a good reason to just keep it one layer as sewn?




What are you making for Cars, trucks and earth movers?? lol sounds like a fun project.

Do you have a link to the Kit? I would do overkill and make it like a quilt, except using poly batting for more strength versus the cotton (if it is going to be out in the sunlight?)

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Date: 8/10/13 7:32 PM

YES, you definitely NEED a backing!!!! It sounds like this is a kit project, and such kits rarely if ever include the backing and batting.

Jennifer in Calgary

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Date: 8/11/13 1:52 AM

You can't have just one layer, or all the fabrics would fray. Like Jennifer said, kits are usually just for the top. They've provided the binding so that it will match the rest of the top. You purchase the batting and backing separately to complete the quilt.

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Date: 8/11/13 10:31 AM

Not only would it fray, it would not last long with a little boy playing on it. I would add a batting and a backing and make it strong enough for a little boy to tug on it when he runs cars over it. Mainly I am concerned with the strength of the fabric. Others might not think it needs the middle layer, as it is a play area piece. I think you want this to last for a few years if possible, so make it strong.

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Date: 8/11/13 10:13 PM

Ladies - a pleasure for informed common sense - thanks to all - thin poly batting and a backing are on the agenda.

The cars and trucks, etc., some left over from his mother's and auntie's childhood, metal and wood, some new match cars. A few wooden buildings and trees, also from his mother and auntie.

Finally, I cannot find a kit or even the fabrics with a google search except for Bella Lu Studio and one "Building Up" reference but no fabrics. The "Building Up" has a big center rectangle with a looping map of roads and railroad tracks. Hills, ponds, etc. The borders are strips of red bricks, a series of construction machinery, and a grid, about 50" x 50".

The kit was purchased from Patchwork Pig, LLC, Farmington, NM, (505) 3266465.

I am going to enjoy playing with it, too.

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Date: 8/11/13 10:29 PM

Could we see a picture, please of what it currently looks like. Yes, I know you have not started on it yet.

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Date: 8/12/13 9:31 AM

Yep, maybe by this afternoon, need to get started on the teepee.

I'm gonna like playing in that, too.

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