Quilting Reference Tables

Quilting Basics 101

Some quick tables of reference for you

Getting Started

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
1 YARD 36 INCHES
7/8 YARD 31.5 INCHES
¾ YARD 27 INCHES
2/3 YARD 24 INCHES
5/8 YARD 22.5 INCHES
½ YARD 18 INCHES
3/8 YARD 13.5 INCHES
1/3 YARD 12 INCHES
¼ YARD 9 INCHES
1/8 YARD 4.5 INCHES

 

FAT QUARTERS MAKE:
99 2″ squares
56 2.5″ squares
42 3″ squares
30 3.5″ Squares
20 4″ Squares
16 4.5″ Squares
15 5″ Squares
12 5.5″ Squares
9 6″ Squares
6 6.5″ Squares

Approximate Sizes for Standard Quilts

SIZE RANGE OF ADULT QUILTS CHILDREN’S QUILTS
Twin 75″ x 98″ or 68″ x 88″ “Preemie” Quilt 18″ x 20-24″
Full 83″ x 106″ or 81″ x 88″ Newborn 25″ x 30″
Queen 90″ x 106’ or 88″ x 96″ Crib 50″ x 53″
King 107″ x 108″ Toddler 35″ x 45″
Child 40″ x 60″

Calculating Fractions for Quilts

Fraction 1/8 1/4 3/8 1/2 5/8 3/4 7/8
Decimal 0.125 0.25 0.375 0.5 0.625 0.75 0.785

Quilt Binding Requirements

(Based on 45″ wide fabric)

Length + Width of Quilt Number of Strips Required Total Amount of Fabric Yardage Required Total Usable Length
24″ – 34″ 2 5″ 1/4 Yard 68″
36″- 50″ 3 7 1/2″ 1/4 Yard 102″
52″ – 66″ 4 10″ 1/2 Yard 136″
68″ – 84″ 5 12 1/2″ 1/2 Yard 170″
86″ – 100″ 6 15″ 1/2 Yard 204″
102″ – 118″ 7 17 1/2″ 1/2 Yard 238″
120″ – 134″ 8 20″ 3/4 Yard 272″
136″ – 152″ 9 22 1/2″ 3/4 Yard 306″
154″ – 168″ 10 25″ 3/4 Yard 340″
170″ – 186″ 11 27 1/2″ 1 Yard 374″
188″ – 200″ 12 30″ 1 Yard 408″
Estimates based on 2 1/2″ cut binding strip width.

Easy Street


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.

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Autumn Splash

Autumn Surprise

Autumn Splash is made with cotton fabrics from my stash. The batting is high loft poly to give it that squishy, quilty, hugginess (new words!) and ease in laundering. Forgive me for the chalk markings in the pics. It’ll wash right out in the laundry. Next time, I’ll remember to remove it before I take pictures.

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