Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Katy's continuing quest

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)

moda dottie extra wides

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.

48 comments:

Kate at M is for make said...

Ordered the dots for M is for make, thanks for the heads up :)

Indianna said...

I love the grey....guess you could also make a BIG quilt front....very quickly with these!

Flying Blind... said...

Oh my hero x

Sarah said...

Love them! My pieced backs always seem to be a bit wonky...

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

I love what you have helped doing and the cost is great but I hate to think what they would be worth here in Australia. Just to go to a local quilt shop and buy a quality fabric you are looking (on average) at $24 per metre :( no wonder so many people but online :o) I think the Aqua is my fav :o)

Shevvy said...

You go girl! Might be worth dicing with the post office handling charge for some of these.

Donna said...

Yes!

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

Why did I not think of this BEFORE i shoddily pieced the back of the quilt I sent off to Chris. It must be your fault :o)

Karen said...

Pezzy Prints would be good for wide width.

Johanna said...

Love these!

thedodds said...

Hurrah! x

Rachel said...

This is fab news - and even better news that Kate/Misformake has ordered some too so I won't have to pay for international shipping!!

Spoolhardy Girl said...

Best. News. Ever!!!

Theresa said...

Love your work!

Cynthia said...

I love your quest, what a great idea! I am going to suggest that too :)

Taya@TypeB said...

Hail the conquering hero! Fantastic idea and a wonderful conclusion. It's great that Moda was so receptive. Can't wait to try these out as I also HATE piecing backs. It's really not too strong of a word :)

Audrie said...

When these came in the shop I squealed and thought of you :) and many of them came to live with me :)

Esch House Quilts said...

Thank you, Katy! Smart color choices on Moda's part too!

Vicki said...

Like Sharon in Australia said, here in Canada where i live $16.00 - 22.00 per meter is the norm for regular 45" wide fabric.

love the polka dots though..... hmmm can't really decide my favorite! probably the grey!!!

Lauren H said...

You rock, girl!!!

twelfthzodiac said...

Oh shoot! I love them & the grey is perfect for a quilt I am planning... I just went to order 2yrds & then realized the extra fabric is going to up my shipping a bunch... does anyone know of a Canadian shop selling these? (Not that it will guarentee cheaper shipping....)

Karin said...

love the dots (especially the gray!) - and I agree with Karen, pezzy prints would be heaven in wide backing!

Reene@Nellie's Niceties said...

Whoop! Tula Pink in extra wide....OMG that would be amazing!!! Let's start nagging Free Spirit too!!!

diane said...

yeah, I ordered the grey dots for the back of my granny square quilt, but forgot the discount code, damn!

Kathie said...

Well done and thanks for sorting out something that we probably all want but hadn't figured out how to get

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

SO pleased to see extra width backings ... well done you! I think these are all divine and I think I'm in love with the black and teal, oh and the lime and the red and the grey ...

Kristen said...

Yeah! Keep them coming! I love love love this. I too just want to be done when the top is finished! Go Moda!!!

Annabella said...

You`re the best!!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Yeah!! Thank you! I'm going to be keeping a close eye on 'M is for make' as the grey would be perfect for the back of my hexy quilt!!

Mrs. Monkeyboy said...

Stripes! We must have some stripes next!

Oh, and Robert Kaufman... the metro stuff they make... I would <3 the black circles on the white background!!! Or even the grey ones.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Katy speaks. And people listen. Awesome!

Claire said...

Well done katy! I have the black dotty and aqua dotty due in any day into the shop. And bungle jungle coming in at the end of the summer. I'd love pezzy print to be available in extra wide that would be amazing.

Cherie said...

Great Idea! So glad you came up with it and sent the email! =D

Lorraine said...

Halleluja & well done Katy !!
I've been using the white muslin 108" & am getting quite bored with it !!
MORE please Mr Moda

Tyra @ SilverLily Sews said...

Keep them coming~ I've thought this for so long! I don't enjoy piecing backing but I want fun and funky backings on my quilts. Yay for these new prints! Keep em coming!

Allegory said...

I am so in favor of your campaign! If you had a lil' banner I would run around town with it.

Di said...

Go Katy go! You have worked a little bit of magic!

Kell said...

Lovely colors. I love them all. Definitely need some more good quality modern backings. My LQS has mostly paisley backings or colors that wouldn't look so good with the fun prints coming out. Not something I would want with a more modern quilt. I think if I hadn't seen your photo I wouldn't have bought them myself. The colors on the sheet are really off.

Just by chance I was browsing Missouri Quilt Co & checked out the backing fabrics & they have all of the Dottie Backings. http://www.missouriquiltco.com/fabric-by-the-yard/backing-fabric.html?limit=all

Anne said...

You are my HERO. I love the aqua the most, and the new squiggles that FQS is going to get are gorgeous as well. :D

Jacey said...

Well done! You are our quilting crusader.

Anonymous said...

Connecting threads has some really nice backing fabrics too. Their fabric is high quality, and a lot cheaper than others. I think their backing is $12 (U.S.) per yard.

littlebluecottage said...

Katy,

It's like you've gone all quilting advocate on us. This is just a great idea, for I truly know the feeling of finishing a quilt and truly wanting it to be finished. Hooray to Moda for listening! That is so rare....

tina

Kirsten N said...

I love using wide fabrics for quilt backs too - love the colours of these dotty ones!

rachael said...

very exciting!!

angharad handmade said...

I love the dotties! I've been procrastinating for so so long about backing for my scrap vomit, the grey dottie would be just perfect, decision made. I haven't found anything else nearly as nice in the extra-wide ranges, it would indeed be great to have more choice. Piecing backs is such a chore.

Now I just need to wait for that grey dottie to come back into stock at Pink Castle Fabrics and I might just be on the way to a finished scrap vomit, hooray!

Sheila said...

Any chance you ever found someone stocking the block dots...I suddenly need some to back a quilt! I could use the grey, but the black would be perfection.

And I totally agree with you on the simple quilt back thing. I think other people's pieced backs look cool, but at that point in a project I just want to move on, and since I make quilts for beds, you won't really see the back anyway. I would love it if there were more options!

Angelina S. said...

I too wish there were more extra wide modern fabrics for quilt backs! It's quite frustrating!

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