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Thread: How much fabric to buy?

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    Super Member Flying_V_Goddess's Avatar
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    My friends are taking me out tomorrow to do some major birthday shopping for me. I've been thinking about what I want. I got to thinking I could maybe get some fabric and make it into a quilt for the little guy's 1st birthday. I want to use the design I came up with (still need a name for it) and in black and white (I figure he's got enough blankets in pastels and other "baby" colors).



    I haven't gotten around to figuring out how big I want to make it and how much fabric I would need and I'm just not in the mood to figure that all out before tomorrow. Well, I doubt it'll get any bigger than a lap quilt and I think I want black fabric for backing...that's all I really know. Got any suggestions on how much I should buy without knowing exactly how big my quilt/blocks are going to be?

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    No idea on the amounts, but I just wanted to say the pattern looks a lot like a tsunami wave.

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    Don't know exact amount but it is always good to "think big" I started one for my son thought I had enough and ran out then spent about 2 or 3 weeks waiting for the store to get more in. What a bummer! And with the colors you are choosing you can always use what you have left over on the next project. :D

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    Nice, I like it; truth told I first thought "Flying Flat Iron" when I saw it, but something about that curl says " Half-Snail" or "Crawling Along" (since it's for baby).

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    Hey, and I thought we all had a discussion about orange a while back. I vote orange and black. :wink:

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    I would call it... 'Monkey Dreams".

    But that is just me.

    tim in san jose

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    Flying_V_Goddess asked:

    Got any suggestions on how much I should buy without knowing exactly how big my quilt/blocks are going to be?

    I remember seeing something at www.quilterscache.com some time ago, see Lesson 2 Calculating yardages. Marcia also included two links: www.quiltshiops.com/calculator.htm and www.vrya.net.quilt,index.php

    HTH

    Pat B

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    Oops, the link www.quiltshiops.com/calculator.htm SHOULD read

    www.quiltshops.com/calculator.htm

    sorry about that.

    Pat B

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    Flying V ~ just remember whatever you think you need add a bit extra!

    Have a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    One of my strategies when I am buying fabric without really knowing how much I need is to buy lots of different smaller cuts in slightly different shades of the same color. Then if I run out, I can just go buy some different fabric of the same color family, and it still looks like I planned it that way.

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