Before you begin work on your quilt there are some factors to consider. Good planning avoids costly miscalculations, especially those of buying too much or too little fabric. Some of the things to determine before setting to work are the following:
The size the quilt is going to be.
Whether or not it will drop down the sides of the bed, and if so, how far.
If it will be tucked under the pillows
The size of each block within the quilt
The layout of the blocks
The width of the fabric you are going to use
Whether or not you will sash between the rows and the blocks
HOW MANY INCHES
ARE IN A YARD
FAT QUARTERS MAKE:
Approximate Sizes for Standard Quilts
SIZE RANGE OF ADULT QUILTS
75″ x 98″ or 68″ x 88″
18″ x 20-24″
83″ x 106″ or 81″ x 88″
25″ x 30″
90″ x 106’ or 88″ x 96″
50″ x 53″
107″ x 108″
35″ x 45″
40″ x 60″
Calculating Fractions for Quilts
Quilt Binding Requirements
(Based on 45″ wide fabric)
Length + Width of Quilt
Number of Strips Required
Total Amount of Fabric
Total Usable Length
24″ – 34″
52″ – 66″
68″ – 84″
86″ – 100″
102″ – 118″
120″ – 134″
136″ – 152″
154″ – 168″
170″ – 186″
188″ – 200″
Estimates based on 2 1/2″ cut binding strip width.
So I started this Disappearing Four Patch at the beginning of summer. And I promised two flag themed quilts to two of my favorite men. And…a purple one for a special lady. Then it got really nice outside and I got lazy. Real lazy. I haven’t been in the studio much at all this summer because I love to sit and read and listen to the birds instead of a sewing machine. While I was busy being lazy the world spun without me and with that spinning came change. My (household) world turned upside down and I’m adjusting to a new kind of world. One of more solitude. And before I knew it, here it is. The end of summer is upon us and I haven’t accomplished a flipping thing to speak of.
What the recent change gives me is the opportunity to have more space for my studio. I’ll be taking over the entire second floor, about 1300 square feet (yeah me!!), as my studio. So everything is going to migrate upstairs before long. I have to pick out paint colors, clean carpets, pack up all the fabric, threads, machines, tables and then the Crown Jewel and frame go upstairs. I might need a wee bit of help carrying that monster up there but it’ll happen. Just as soon as I get the room ready.
For the moment, I’m sorting out paint chips and trying to pick colors I can look at for a long time because I really don’t like to paint very much. Especially ceilings. They’re not my favorite thing. And I really don’t want to have to move all this equipment once it’s set up to repaint so I’m taking my time at choosing colors. I also have to choose a new ceiling fan with a light fixture. The current one has the capability to add a light but it’s 16 years old so I and I’m not sure I can find one that’s compatible and it’ll be easier in the long run just to get a new fixture. Then I can really light up the room when I’m longarm quilting! Or I can turn off all the lights and use black lights. Hmmm…can’t wait to try that. It’ll be nice to have all my tools and equipment in the same room for a change. I can cut, sew, iron and knit (yes, the knitting machines are also going back into service) to my hearts content without fussing about choosing one project or the other to work on at a time. I can tornado the entire room and no one needs to know!
I might take before and after shots of the new space. The before pics might be too scary for public viewing though. So I’ll think on that for a while! Wish me luck!
PS: Room color option ideas are more than welcomed!
This quilt was born because of a little baggie of 1/4 square triangles I’d picked up in a thrift shop. I like to bring home unloved fabric and give it a good home. 🙂 The pretty little triangles grew into some interesting blocks.
This gorgeous Easy Street came into the shop and I was amazed at how striking it was when the client held it up from across the room. I love color and this just tickled my fancy. It was also HUGE! It stretched my frame to the limit. I think I only had about a four inch window for changing bobbins. Doable but I won’t repeat the experience. I was a big mistake.
Loaded and ready to rock-n-roll with an easy large meander. Never say “easy” when you’re stitching a quilt with this much color. I went cross-eyed many times while sewing this one. And…the back tension didn’t cooperate with me either. I had to do the big bad ugly.
Yup. Unsew. A LOT!!!! The entire queen size quilt had to be frogged. Once that was done, then I had to pick off all the broken stitch maggots off of both sides of ALL….THREE…LAYERS!!!! This quilt was a huge learning experience for me. Size DOES matter.
I don’t think I took pictures of the completed quilt. I was so relieved just to give it back to it’s (happy customer, btw) owner that I forgot to take final shots.
The beginning! Selection of bright fabrics for the Wonky Puzzle Blocks Baby Quilt.
This is how it starts. You look though the stash and find some of the brightest, boldest fabrics you have. Oh… and wait for them to talk to you and tell you they want to be part of this quilt. Only then will they all play well together. Just kidding! The more bodacious, gaudy,” too bright for neon” fabric you can locate works great in this quilt!
Finally got it all together. I recommend a design wall for placing all the blocks before the sew out. That way you can move them around so the colors don’t blend into one another. The last thing you want to do (IMHO) is put two similar colors next to each other. Bold, bright and contrasting is the way to go.
After putting the top together I had to figure out what kind of border I wanted to put on. It didn’t make sense to me to make an elaborate border since I wanted the eye to fall in the center of the quilt. I ended up using strip sets from some of the major colors to make the border.
This is what I ended up with. I definitely need a design wall! At least some place to take a decent picture of quilts before and after they’re completed. Now onto the quilting! I’ll revisit this page and post a picture of the completed quilt soon!