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This quilt is meant to be easy to follow, and a beginners quilt.
The quilt top itself is going to be cut from a co-ordinating fabric range, and I’ve chosen the ink and spindle range by Cloud 9 fabrics. I’m just going to jump right into the maths.
If you miscut this – everything goes out of whack BIG TIME. 4mm can cause you a world of pain.
It’s australian, beautiful gender neutral fabric. I’ve bought a 12pce fat quarter bundle, which means I will get 12 squares Australian Fat Quarter = half the width of the fabric x 0.5m. The fabric will be 112cm wide, so I should end up with 50cm x 56cm squares. Converted to inches, that will be 22″ x 19 1/2″.
Every seam or cut I make, will reduce the size of the finished quilt.
Let’s assume, I just trim up all my blocks to 19 1/2″ square. Once I then sew up all my blocks together with a 1/4″ seam allowance, that will give me 12 x 19″ blocks.
The most obvious way to arrange those is in a grid, being 3 x 4 blocks.
The finished size would then be (3 x 19) = 57″ by (4 x 19) = 76″.
This is big enough to fit a double bed.
So what if I trim those down a bit more. Let’s make of those 12 square into 4 squares. Each square will be cut into 4.5″ squares. I will now have (12 x 4) = 48 41/2″ unfinished squares.
Those, once sewn together will be 48 4″ squares.
If I do 6 rows of 8 – I will end up with a quilt (6 x 4″) = 24″wide and (8 x 4″) 32″ long. Too small for a cot quilt.
The point of this exercise? Do the maths before you cut, or buy ANY fabric.
So my chosen design is going to be inspired by this.
But look a little more like this image here. I tried using quilt studio to plan it out, but it was a bit of a pain. Good, but as I’m comfortable with the maths – I’m going back to le basico.
To do the maths, I do the low-tech version of drawing on graph paper. I make little tiny boxes in excel, and then do some guesstimates. In this, each square represents 2 inches. Initially, I tried each square representing 3 inches, but I didn’t have enough fabric for that.
If it looks a little like trial and error (shhhhh, it totally is).
For those wanting to ever make a quilt like this, I’ll go through it step by step.
I have 12 fat quarters, which if they are (rounded down) 22″ x 18′, then I’m using 11 squares x 9 square in the top right corner to represent the fat quarter.
My finished block has 6 pieces within it. Therefore, if I can cut all 6 pieces from a fat quarter (before mixing them up and sewing them up), then I can have 12 blocks. Huzzah!
In the bottom left, I’ve pulled out each part of the finished block, and worked out what size they are in the finished block. I will need to add 1/4″ seam allowance to all sides.
So I’m still planning on doing the applique over the top, and using one of the styles of image from my pinterest board.
I’d love to say I’ve decided, but sometimes you need to see how a quilt is coming together before you can make a final call.
What do you think about a simple, large silhouette of a child reading?
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