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Thread: Please confirm my math

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    Does it sound right that out of a 45"wide fabric, I can get 60 5"x5" squares from 1 yard?

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    Only if it is truly 45" wide fabric, usually I figure 8 squares per row (or 9 if it is 45", if you only get 8 per row, you will get 7 rows in a yard or 56 squares. Hope this helps.

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    Assuming it's 45" and that you can cut 5" without waste, you can get 9 squares (for me, I'd get 8). I would conservatively plan on 8, but, yeah, 9 if you're really really precise.

    1 yard = 36" = 35" -> 7 squares (assuming it's a full 35". Some of the pieces I get are cut really askew and I lose more than 1").

    So really conservatively, I would say 48; conservatively 56; probably not going to happen but theoretically possible 63

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    NO. YOU NEED TO REMOVE SELVAGES AND STRAIGHTEN THE CUT ENDS YOU WILL BE SHORT.

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    ok, please check my math for this LOL I suck at math but I think I got this right:

    I need 60 5"x5" squares. 45"wide fabric adding in a little for error - I should be able to get by with 1.5 yds

    I need 15 - 12.5" squares - same width as above, 2 yard should do?

    Also, 60 - 6.5 squares, 2 yds should be enough? same width as above.

    Thanks for your help!

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    You should be ok with those yardages. Cut carefully.

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    Thanks for your help!

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    You've got good advice from everyone here. You really need to check your width less the selvedge. You'll probably find that you'll just get 8 cuts across. You should get 7 down the length as you have 1" to play with, but do check carefully.

    What is it they say - measure 2x (or in my case 3x or 4x) and cut once!

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    Lots of fabric is less than 45" these days, so you need to check that out first.

    OK, now we need to know what you're making! :lol:

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    Cool. Something I can contribute an answer to. 56 squares. Math is more my thing than color and stuff. I have found that some patterns aren't really 45 inches. The 45 inches includes the selvage. Depending on the pattern, how well it is printed etc, I count on 40 inches and anything else is bonus. With that in mind my calculations tell me that you can get 8 squares per row and 7 rows per yard.

    I admit I'm very new to quilting, not to sewing and definitely not math.

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