How To Figure Yardage For Quilt Backing

How to Figure Yardage For Backing

Once you’ve pieced your beautiful quilt top, it’s time to choose your backing! There are so many fabrics out there and using 108″ wide backing does make things easier, but we will help you know how much fabric you need when using standard 42″ wide fabric.

Here are some items you’ll be needing:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Calculator
  • Your finished quilt top
  • A measuring tape or template

Step 1: Measure the length and width of your quilt top.

Step 2: Add an extra 8 inches to both the length and width of your quilt if it’s going to be machine quilted, that’s 4 inches on each side and 4 on the top and bottom.

Step 3: Take your measurements, add them both together, and divide it by 36. This is the amount of yardage you will need.

  • If your quilt is less than the backing width, congratulations! You can simply cut your backing to the same length you figured in Step 2. But, if your quilt is wider than your fabric, you’ll need to figure out how many fabric widths you’ll need to piece together and then multiply that number by the quilt backing length from Step 2. That’s the number of inches of fabric you need to buy.
  • If your quilt is more than about 42 inches wide, which is the typical width of a yard of fabric, you will need to keep in mind that you will have a seam in the backing, unless you use 108” inch wide backing.

Step 4: Cut the fabric to your backing length and piece together with 1/2″ seam allowances.

Now you are ready to quilt!

Wide fabrics make backing a quilt seamless. Visit our Backing & Trims store to find your next quilt’s back!

Tips and Tricks for Backing:

  • Measure your quilt top vertically and horizontally. Add 8 inches to both measurements to make sure you have an extra 4 inches all the way around to make allowance for the fabric that is taken up in the quilting process as well as having adequate fabric for the quilting frame.
  • Trim off all selvages and use a 1/2″ seam allowance when piecing the backing. Sew the pieces together along the longest edge. Press the seam allowance open to decrease bulk.
  • Use horizontal seams for smaller quilts (under 60″ wide) and vertical seams for larger quilts.
  • Don’t hesitate to cut a length of fabric in half along the fold line if it means saving fabric and makes the quilt easier to handle. Note: large quilts might require 3 lengths.
  • Choose a backing layout that best suits your quilt. Think about the direction of the pattern and pattern matching.

Example Quilt:

Once borders are added, the finished quilt top dimension is 58″ x 66″
Take quilt top width + 8″ = backing width
58″ + 8″ = 66″
Take quilt top length + 8″ = backing length
66″ + 8″ = 74″
Determine the number of Widths of Fabric (WOFs) you need for your backing by dividing your width measurement by 40″
66″ divided by 40″ = 1.65 
Round up to 2. You need 2 WOFs to make your backing.
Take your backing length measurement and multiply it by the number of WOFs you need.
74″ x 2 = 148″ This is how many inches of fabric you need.
Now, divide that number by 36″ to get how much yardage you need.
148 divided by 36″ = 4.1
Round up to the nearest ¼ yard and you get 4 ¼ yards.

The Row by Row Experience 2019

Are you coming through Missouri this summer? Come and get a taste of Hamilton and pick up your very own Row by Row block pattern in the Main Shop or Penney’s Quilt Shop!

The Row by Row Experience is a wonderful program started in 2011 by Janet Lutz to help quilt shops attract more visitors in what might otherwise be slower summer months. All the quilt shops participating in Row by Row (find all the other participating shops HERE) have their very own free pattern to help you make a quilt block. If you are the first to complete a quilt using at least eight rows from eight different 2019 participating shops, you win a stash of 25 fat quarters, and you win a bonus prize if you use our Missouri Star block and bring it in to our shop!

The theme for Row by Row this year is “Taste the Experience” and we have our very own pattern for you to collect! Below is a sample of our block. 

To see what the rest of the pattern looks like, come to the Main Shop or Penney’s Quilt Shop in Hamilton and ask for our Row by Row pattern! Each customer is limited to one pattern. We also have a special Row by Row kit available!

Our Row by Row experience will be available in-store until Sept. 3, which is also the deadline for participants to turn in their quilt to win a prize.

To learn more about the Row by Row Experience and see great projects, watch this video from Amy Barickman for Indigo Junction below!

Quilting Craziness 2019

Celebrate your favorite hobby all month long because March is National Quilting Month! We’re celebrating by making quilts, hosting a Missouri Star Employee quilt exhibit in Hamilton, and holding the very first “Quilting Craziness” tournament!

We invite everyone everywhere to participate everyday in the Quilting Craziness tournament!

Click here to view the full bracket!

The tournament features the 32 most watched tutorials from 2018 and pits two different quilts against each other everyday until there is a champion! The winner is decided by a popular vote that is hosted on our Facebook page everyday at 7:00 pm central time. (https://www.facebook.com/QuiltingDeals)

There’s no better way to celebrate National Quilting Month than with some free fabric, so be sure to check each day’s poll for your chance to win!!

Our Quilting Craziness bracket will be updated here with the winners everyday to help you watch the competition.

Who do you think is going to be the champion? Will it be the Card Trick Quilt, Half and Half Quilt, Amplified Quilt? We are excited to find out! Make sure to vote on Facebook everyday at 7 to help your favorite win.

Click here to watch all of our 2018 quilt tutorials and keep scrolling to get a preview of all the quilts in this year’s Quilting Craziness tournament!

Everyone is allowed to participate in the voting for the Quilting Craziness tournament. Winners of the giveaway must be over the age of 18 and have a valid US address. Winners will be announced and contacted via Facebook within 72 hours.

Four Corners Quilt

MSQC New Tutorial on the Blog!

Four Corners Quilt

Take a peek at a U.S. map, and you’ll notice that Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico are laid out like a giant four patch with perfectly nested seams and lovely 90-degree angles. The Four Corners Monument marks the spot where they all come together. It’s the only place in the country where you can stand in one spot and be in 4 states at once!

Four Corners Quilt

This week Jenny is working on a Four Corners quilt. Each block brings together 4 pretty corners with a cute little “monument” in the middle.

Four Corners Quilt

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

 

Basket of Blooms Quilt

MSQC New Tutorial on the Blog!

Basket of Blooms Quilt

When you give the gift of flowers, you’re sending a message – so choose carefully!  

Sunflowers symbolize friendship, red roses represent romantic love, and bells of Ireland spread good luck. But a potful of petunias or orange lilies? Well, they pretty much say, “I hate your stinkin’ guts.”

Basket of Blooms Quilt

This week Jenny is stitching up a wonderful bouquet of fabric flowers, and you don’t have to worry! The gift of a quilt practically shouts, “Love ya!” Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

Basket of Blooms Quilt

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!