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« on: August 24, 2005 09:21:10 AM »

Ok, I'm having a blond moment!!  Actually it's a math moment...

I want to make an "I Spy" quilt (actually 4).  It will be roughly 60" x 60", depending on how big I make my squares (which is another question I have, what size do you all think?).

For 6" squares it would be 10 x 10 squares.  I'd need to start with 6.5" squares.  My problem is figuring out how much fabric I need.

What I'm ultimately trying to figure out is if it would be cheaper to by my fabric off the bolt or just by the 100 pre-cut 6" squares off ebay.

HELP!!  I'm getting a headache  Cheesy
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2005 11:28:37 AM »

How many different fabrics are you going to use?

I cut most of my fabric after I have folded selvage to selvage and then selvages to the fold (so you have four layers of fabric).  Trim the edge to even, and make 6.5 inch strips.
Selvage to selvage is about 42 inches of usable fabric, so out of each strip you will get 6 squares at 6.5 (42/6.5) inches. 
With your measurements below, you will need 100 squares total.  So you would need 17 strips total (100/6).  17 strips at 6.5 inches each is 110.5 inches or a little over 3 yards.  BUT you have to make sure that the cuts you get will be enough to cut how ever many 6.5 inch strips you want... 

If you wanted to use say, 6 fabrics, you would use 3 strips of each fabric.  So that would be about 20 inches of each fabric (3x6.5).  But I would get about 22-24 inches to be sure. 

Let me know if that makes any sense or if you have any more questions!
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2005 04:25:08 PM »

Sarybow's method is helpful, but remember that for an I-spy type quilt, you'll have to fussy cut-that is cut your squares so pictures are in the centre. This can end up being rather wasteful, and it would be hard to say how much fabric is necessary without looking at the print. You will need more than when you are just straight cutting.
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