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Thread: How Many Blocks Across Top/Bottom

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    Unhappy How Many Blocks Across Top/Bottom

    O.K. Girls/Guys I have lost it. I have a quilt that starts out with a LARGE BLOCK in the center, it is 50 1/2 x 50 1/2 (the 1/2 is for the seam allowance). I need to add 8 inches (cut 8 1/2) on the bottom of this large center block for placement of lettering. This would make the large center block 58 1/2 X 58 1/2. I can add more at the bottom to even up the figures, but I can't add less.

    Now the fun begins - I don't know how to figure what size blocks will fit on the Top and Bottom of this 58 X 58 inch large block? Do I need to add additional inches to the added rectangle at the bottom to insure (whatever size blocks I need) will fit correctly on the top and bottom? I sure hope this makes sense......... i.e. if this block was 50X50 I believe I would need (5) 10 inch blocks horizontal and (5) 10 inch blocks vertically, (of course cut 10 1/2)
    HOW DO I FIGURE A 58 x 58 inch square block? Remember I can add more inches at the bottom to make the figures come out evenly.
    Thanks fellow quilters -
    Last edited by bevster; 08-23-2012 at 05:22 AM. Reason: CORRECT SPELLING

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    if you are only adding 8.5 to the bottom only, your center is no longer square... it would now be 50.5x58.5
    is this what you intend to do?
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 08-23-2012 at 05:41 AM.
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    I am confused -

    You are starting out with a center block that will finish to 50 x 50 - right now it's 50.5 x 50.5???

    Now where I am confused - do any of the attached illustrations look like what you want to do?
    (the numbers are for FINISHED sizes)

    From one of your sentences, I think it's B - but you are talking about 58 x 58 - so that would be D
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    It would make more sense to me to add 10 inches (finished) to the bottom because 58 is sort of an awkard number to work with.

    58 / 2 = 29
    58 / 3 = 19.33
    58 / 4 = 14.5
    58 / 5 = 11.6
    58 / 6 = 9.67

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    If you add 10" to top and bottom you will have a length of 70" .... 50 + 10 + 10 = 70
    so you would need 5 horizontal blocks and 7 vertical blocks
    At least if I understand your question correctly.....

    Quote Originally Posted by bevster View Post
    O.K. Girls/Guys I have lost it. I have a quilt that starts out with a LARGE BLOCK in the center, it is 50 1/2 x 50 1/2 (the 1/2 is for the seam allowance). I need to add 8 inches (cut 8 1/2) on the bottom of this large center block for placement of lettering. This would make the large center block 58 1/2 X 58 1/2. I can add more at the bottom to even up the figures, but I can't add less.

    Now the fun begins - I don't know how to figure what size blocks will fit on the Top and Bottom of this 58 X 58 inch large block? Do I need to add additional inches to the added rectangle at the bottom to insure (whatever size blocks I need) will fit correctly on the top and bottom? I sure hope this makes sense......... i.e. if this block was 50X50 I believe I would need (5) 10 inch blocks horizontal and (5) 10 inch blocks vertically, (of course cut 10 1/2)
    HOW DO I FIGURE A 58 x 58 inch square block? Remember I can add more inches at the bottom to make the figures come out evenly.
    Thanks fellow quilters -

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    I think the OP has to come back and clarify what she has in mind.

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    THE ILLUSTRATION WOULD BE "B", As other replies mentioned it would be easier if I added 10 inches on the bottom of the 50X50 to make it 50X60.

    You are starting out with a center block that will finish to 50 x 50 - right now it's 50.5 x 50.5???

    Now where I am confused - do any of the attached illustrations look like what you want to do?
    (the numbers are for FINISHED sizes)

    From one of your sentences, I think it's B - but you are talking about 58 x 58 - so that would be D[/QUOTE]
    Last edited by bevster; 08-27-2012 at 06:41 AM. Reason: INCORRECT DIMENSIONS - SEE POST BELOW

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    CORRECTION TO BELOW - I would be adding the extra piece only at the bottom. I agree the figures would be easier to work with if I added 10 inches at the bottom, then I would have 50 X 60. Bearisgray - your illustration "B" would be what I need.

    Now, what size blocks would I need to make to go all the way around my 50 X 60 inch rectangle? 10 inch? 10 1/2? or less?

    I want to thank everyone for your help and I am sorry I have confused some - I get confused myself, ha..ha..
    Last edited by bevster; 08-27-2012 at 06:41 AM. Reason: wrong size finished rectangle I changed to 50 X60

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    CORRECTION TO ORIGINAL POST: I am sorry I have confused so many, guess I'm having trouble explaining.

    FINAL CORRECTION - THE EXTRA PIECE WOULD BE ADDED ONLY TO THE BOTTOM OF MY 50 X 50 SQUARE. (the square was not 50 1/2.)
    I agree the figures would be easier to work with if I added 10 inches at the bottom, then I would have exactly 50 X 60. Bearisgray - your illustration "B" would be what I need.

    Now, what size blocks would I need to make to go all the way around my 50 X 60 inch rectangle? 10 inch? 10 1/2? or less?

    I want to thank everyone for your help and I am sorry I have confused some - I get confused myself, ha..ha..

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    Here is a diagram I worked out for you. You will need 19 10.5 inch unfinished blocks for the border if you want the blocks on 3 sides. If you want the blocks all the way around it will be 26 blocks 10.5 inches unfinished. Have fun! Luann in CT
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