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« on: August 08, 2009 06:14:48 AM »

I grew up with one granma who crocheted and one who quilted. The terms afghan and lap quilt were used interchangeably.

Is there an actual difference between these two terms? I'm thinking about making a lap quilt for my dad for Christmas but I'm a bit unclear on dimensions.

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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2009 07:17:12 AM »

I always thought of an afghan as crochetted or knitted and a lap quilt as an actual quilt.  I would guess the dimensions are about the same.  You can look up common quilt sizes on google and that might help.
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2009 09:28:53 AM »

What Linnybelle said!

I usually make my afghans and lap quilts 4x6 feet.  I'd say 4 feet is the minimum width to be able to have the quilt/afghan tucked under your sides, and 6 feet is generous for most people to be able to tuck the end around their feet, and still have it folded over a bit on top (over the belly).  4 x 6 also seems to be the optimal size for turning a quilt into a quillow!
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2009 01:24:32 PM »

i usually make my lapquilts 3 foot square

and yea, i have always considered an afghan as a fiber item and a quilt as a fabric one
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2009 03:19:38 PM »

Thank you ladies for your replies! Smiley
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