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« on: September 21, 2007 05:15:20 PM »

I am having trouble figuring out how many total yards is needed for a quilt. I want to make a quilt for my son (twin size) and for me (queen size) but I don't know how much fabric to buy. I would hate to get too little and then have to hunt around for a match. Or get too much because I'm on a tight budget.

Any ideas? Is there a trick to figuring out yardage?  Undecided

« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2007 07:16:59 AM »

You don't happen to mention what particular design or pattern you're going for - and this can vary a lot. seams eat up a quarter inch on all sides of each piece, so if you have a *lot* of pieces, then you'll need quite a bit more than if you're doing a large pattern with a only a few pieces.

One of the places to start out, if you're not sure yet, is to get a decent book or magazine with the design you do want, as they'll have yardage guidelines in it (Ie buy 2 yards of fabric a, 3 yards of fabric b, etc)
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2007 09:52:32 AM »

Here is a yardage calculator, although it is a bit confusing:


In order to use it you've got to break the quilt you want to make down into its various components.  Then you select that component, such as squares, enter the size of the squares and how many you need and it will tell you how much yardage.  You have to repeat that process for every component.

You can always buy a little more than you think you'll need, and the leftovers will find new homes in other projects.  However if you run out of fabric you can often get more.  Even if you can't find more of the same fabric you can almost always find a similar fabric that will work just as well, and makes the quilt a little more interesting.


If you are working on (or thinking about starting) a postage stamp quilt with 1.5" squares, I have scraps and squares to give away.  PM me if you're interested.
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2007 09:56:06 AM »

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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2007 04:44:37 PM »

thanks everybody this gives me a place to start.

anaximander - thanks for pointing out the seam allowance issue. I hadn't thought of that but you're right the more pieces the more that is eaten up with seam allowance.
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