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Thread: Crazy Quilt

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    My mom used to make quilts she called crazy quilts. She used all different types of fabrics and colors. Some were all the same size squares and others had squares-rectangles-triangles and any other shape that she could make work. The quilt did not have a border, the squares ran out to each side and bottom. Well I am going to try to make one with squares. Is there any formula that I need to make a quilt like this ie. size of squares etc. How do I determine the number of squares needed to make a twin/full/queen size quilt? I know but I am thinking this is going to be very difficult but maybe not. Can anybody help me with this. Thanks Carole

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    Some people start by making crumb blocks - do a search for more details -

    And then keep on making them until they have enough.

    It's kind of in the category of eating an elephant - if one should ever want to do so - one bite (square) at a time

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    Just make sure they lay flat. There's probably tutorials, threads, etc. on here just click on Search at the top and type in Crazy Quilt

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    The formula I use most times when making a quilt top without a pattern is ; I make a bunch of squares put them up on the wall, it it's too small I make more, it I have too many I use them on the backing, or make another quilt top.
    Really, There is a 'standard' size to a twin, double, etc.. if you search for mattress size, you'll come up with it, then decide how far over the edge you want your quilt to hang, that's your top size. Divide that by a block size, say 6 inch, and that's how many blocks you need. Easy, don't forget to show us a pic when it's done!

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    you are overthinking!LOL
    just start and see how many it takes to cover your bed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlaceruby
    you are overthinking!LOL
    just start and see how many it takes to cover your bed!
    That's my method!

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    Decide on block size. I like to work with even numbers so let's say 10 inches. Then do the math. 10 x [#blocks] = size

    EXAMPLE
    10 x 5 = 50 inches
    10 x 7 = 70 inches

    Don't to forget to add seam allowances so your finished size is 10 inches. The size before piecing them together would be 10-1/2 inches. Need it wider or longer, add more blocks.

    Hope this helps.

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    I used google's image search to find these crazy quilts pictures.
    If you find a quilt similar to the variations of block sizes that you want, you can sketch it out on graph paper to help with the size of your blocks and how many you will need.

    To figure out how large you want the quilt to be, maybe measure the bed you want it to fit? Not all mattresses are the same depth.

    http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl...=&oq=&gs_rfai=

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    I think a crazy quilt would be fun and freeing. Good luck and have a great time! Please post pics once you have a few blocks done!

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    Thanks I will be sure to post a picture once I get started. Carole

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