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WIDEBACKS specialises in high-quality wide-width fabrics measuring 2.75m-3m  wide.(108-118in).  We have more than 900 wide-width fabrics in stock, making us the world market leader.  We dont sell inferior fabric, we believe your backing should be a beautiful as the front of the quilt.  In fact , your quilts will be able to be fully reversible if you use one of our wonderful backings.

I was inspired to start buying & selling purpose made quilt backing fabrics when it became evident to me many years ago that there was a gap in the Australian market.  I had been a very busy professional machine-quilter for a number of years and was frequently confronted by very poor quilt backs.  They often had multiple seams, & frequently had irregular joins, making quilting on my Gammill more challenging that it should have been.  I decided to do something to change this situation.  I knew some of the big fabric companies of the world produced wide-width fabrics for quilt backings, but not bringing them into Australia.  When i made enquiries I was told there was “no market for them here’, and that it would be a very risky financial proposition.”  I didn’t believe that this was right and that if i personally would use wide backings, i thought lots of other quilters would use them also.  I also thought other professional machine-quilters in Australia must be encountering the same problems that i was, and would be happy to quilt customers quilts using beautiful quality wide backings.

WIDEBACKS the name was created by my husband Ray & WIDEBACKS the Business kicked off with a bang.  Right from the very beginning, the Australian patchwork & quilting community embraced these backings with enthusiasm. Initially as an online business, we ran Widebacks from home for the first 7 years, until fabric started to fill every room & hallways.  We moved into a shopfront, in 2013, and added more products and services, becoming a comprehensive fully stocked quilt shop, offering a wide range of regular with fabric, many types of thread, all haby products associated with quilt making, books, patterns, as well as as an amazing range of classes.  Our tutors are wonderful and offer a great selection of classes, including English Paper Piecing & Block of the Months, Dressmaking, Specialist Ruler classes and many others.

In 2018 we moved to a larger premises and we continue increase our product ranges whilst still providing the best selection of Wide backings in the world.  We still offer an extremely efficient online service, including International mailings.  We have received many thousands of emails from happy and satisfied customers, expressing their thanks for our great service & wonderful backings.  We continue to send samples to assist with backing choices, and will try to assist however we can to get the perfect backing for quilts. We are situated in the the southern area of Adelaide, in the beachside suburb of Seaford.

We have a varied and interesting range of kits, and always have quilt kits suitable for boys and men.

WIDEBACKS offers products from all the key patchwork fabric manufacturers around the world, including Moda, Benartex, RJR, Wilmington, SSI, P&B, Marcus Fabrics, Thimbleberries, Northcott, Leutenegger, Kennard & Kennard and Fabri-Quilt and others, resulting in a vast selection of civil war, sateen, flannel, modern and contemporary prints, tie-dyed batiks, beautiful florals, toile and muslin wide-width fabrics.

We express post daily, with approximately six to seven metres of wide fabric fitting into a regular 3kg bag., and approximately 11 metres will fit into a 5kg bad.  *Flannels are a bit bulkier so about a 3m wide flannel will fill a 3kg bag).   We always post as economically as possible, and don’t charge a handling fee.  There is always someone on the end of the phone to assist you with any enquiries, orders, or class bookings.

We welcome your contact.


Brenda Wade

08 8370 7546

0419 199 727