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Thread: Lap Quilts

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    Member melhuff's Avatar
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    Morning All!
    I have this 'brainy" idea that I would like to make a quilt for each of my family for Xmas...this year...lol...yea right..sounds good doesnt it??
    I thought the size could be just a lap size for watching tv. Does anyone have any ideas of what a good size that would be?? Also, maybe where I could find some patterns? I have only made a few baby quilts and one quilt for graduation and they are mostly with the larger squares. The graduation one was called I think A trip around the world?? I was hoping to make each person a different design.
    Thanks for your help...you are all the best!!!

    :)

    Melinda

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    I think that the size all depends on you, I've seen them as small as 37 inches square and up, almost to a twin size. There's tons of free quilt patterns on the net, just google and pick what you want. When you're done, we'd love to see pictures.

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    I would try quilterscache

    the ones with just 1 dot are the easy ones.


    www.quilterscache.com


    the patterns are free.

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    What I usually do when making a lap quilt is figure out HOW the person sits watching tv or reading a book. If they are stretched out on say like a recliner, you want it a bit long to cover their legs, so something maybe 45x50 would be a good size. If they curl up, then maybe 45x45 would be good. If you have tile in your house, a way to "measure" so you don't have to take out your measuring stick...most squares are 12x12, so you can pretty much figure it out that way. I count the tiles on my floor ALL the time when figuring out how big I want to make a quilt.

    Patterns can be found all over the internet. Just search for Free Quilt Patterns on Google.

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    I make lap- or throw-sized quilts 48" x 48" just because that's 4 blocks by 4 blocks if I'm using a 12" block, and it makes the math easy :)

    Jan

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    These answers are PERFECT...and quick too!!
    Thanks so much ladies!!!!!


    Melinda

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    I like 45x60 myself.

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    For our hospitalized veterans, we are making quilts that range from 48 to 54 inches wide and six feet long.
    It is big enough to cover them while reclining, and when folded in half, works in a wheelchair quite nicely.

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    I like the 48 X 62inch also...works for sitting or laying down :D

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    People ask me "how large will your quilt be?" and I always answer that it will be what it will be. I don't sew to a size, rather, I let the blocks determine the layout/size and I adjust the borders to my whim. For me, it's more about proportion than final measurements.

    A lot depends on the size of the recipient.

    For an adult, I like it to be no less than 60" in length or it feels too small. If one wants to save fabric, the width can be equal to the backing fabric width (42-45").


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