For those of you that don't know about my quest- here's a brief re-cap;
I want a greater variety of extra wide (108") quilt backing fabrics. I want modern, designer fabrics to co-ordinate with my favourite designer's ranges. Kate Spain, Bonnie and Camille, Aneela Hoey, Lucie Summers, Joanna (Fig Tree) - basically everyone in the Moda stable. I also want 108" fabrics from Free Spirit....but that might be more of a challenge. Tula Pink in 108" quilt backings? Yes please.
Why do I want extra wide quilt backing fabrics?
It's simple - I hate to piece quilt backs. Once I'm done with the top I want it done and dusted. I also love the way it looks when a quilt has just a single, seamless piece of fabric on the back. That is why I use bed sheets so often - but bed sheets are not as fun as a co-ordinating print, are they?
So, a year ago (or thereabouts) I emailed Moda and asked them if they would consider printing some polka dot extra wides. My long arm quilter, who has been doing this for a while, had said to me that she hoped there would be more modern quilt backings to co-ordinate with the modern fabrics, but pointed out that it wasn't so long ago that 'fabric designers' as we know it didn't exist. This world we know is still very new, and so the companies might take a little longer than catch up in all areas. That comment prompted me to email Moda and ask the question. Maybe it was something they just hadn't considered. Seems it was exactly that.
Fast forward to today -
These are 'my' extra wide quilt back fabrics (not mine really, but if it wasn't for that email they might not exist, so I'm going to take part credit for them)
When I saw these on paper I wasn't entirely convinced. The colours didn't translate well, but in reality they are so good.
The ruby red is very close to Bella Solid betty's red (sku 9900 123) and reminds me of the reds Aneela uses in her collections and Camille uses in hers.
The lime green isn't close to one Bella Solid in particular - but somewhere around the area of amelia green (sku 9900 163), summer house lime (sku 9900 173) and pistachio (9900 134)
The black is just that - a soft black although not a washed/faded black. It's a really good black actually. (I'm struggling to find a stockist of it - when I do I'll add a link)
Steel gray is a medium grey, close enough to Bella Solid steel (sku 9900 184) - it's pretty perfect for any fabric collection.
Finally, aqua (which was the colour on paper I liked least but in reality is possibly my favourite) is like Bella Solid teal (sku 9900 87). It reminds me of Kate Spain, Sanae, and momo and also Aneela again.
Now, I need to talk to you about prices because there is a tendency to think 'those 108" backings are pricey' because you see the price per yard (around $18) and automatically get put off.
For adult quilts you need around the following (maybe add on an extra 1/4" yard if you're planning on long arm quilting or if you want to be extra sure);
TWIN 65" x 88" (2 yards)
FULL 80" x 88" (2.25 yards)
QUEEN 86" x 93" (2.5 yards)
KING 104" x 93" (3 yards)
Let's work on a queen sized quilt as an example, 2.5 yards x $18 = $45
Assuming you would normally buy regular width yardage for a queen, and assuming fabric is $10/yard (which is pretty much the average these days) you would need 7 yards of backing fabric, 7 x $10 = $70
So, the extra wide works out much cheaper. Even if you have a 30% off coupon for a store you'd be paying closer to $50 for regular width yardage. And then you have to piece it.
Want to know something even better price wise? Brenda at Pink Castle Fabrics has the dotties in stock (she is running low on grey but is re-ordering) and sells them for $17/yard.Plus I have a 15% discount code for pink castle fabrics (enter KATY15 on check out). Your queen sized quilt just got a back for around $36. Pretty sweet, huh?
You can find them here. Don't forget the code - KATY15
My quest continues - you can help, by asking your local quilt shop or your favourite quilt shop to stock the dotties, and to mention to them it'd be nice for more modern 108" fabrics that co-ordinate with the designer ranges. If they then mention it to their reps, the reps go back to Moda and the more people that ask the more likely we are to get it done. It will happen, the one thing that is sure about Moda in particular is that they listen. Jungle bungle is coming soon (Fat Quarter Shop will be stocking it, you can get them to email you when it comes in) - and that has 3 colours of a fun stipple type print. We are getting there - but the more choice there is, the better.
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