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Thread: Quilt Patterns--help!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by k9dancer
    Just a suggestion....make a small version of your quilt rather than jump into a king size as your first project. I have seen many beginners lose their confidence when tackling a large quilt so early on.
    I've thought about your suggestion and I think your right. I'm going to make the quilt by the directions so I can see how that goes before I make changes. As you mentioned--it can be a deal breaker if you start a too advanced project when your a beginner. I started a crazy quilt two and half years ago and it's only 2/3 done. I found the instruction online and they touted just how fast and easy it was to make one. Wrong!!! Gerrrr.... The instructions assumed people using the pattern would already know all kinds of things from adding the quarter of an inch seam allowance and other things only an experience quilter would know. Gaw!!! Iíll finish it someday but right now Iím sick of working on it. :roll:

    Well thanks for your suggestions and thoughts. Nothing like listening to the voice of experience! :-D

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    I also have a king size bed. I make twin/lap quilts about 73x90 and lay them across the top of the bed like a coverlet. I have a plain bedspread that will go with many colors of quilts so I can change the bed top as I make new quilts. I find that it is easier, cheaper and quicker to make twin size quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k9dancer
    Just a suggestion....make a small version of your quilt rather than jump into a king size as your first project. I have seen many beginners lose their confidence when tackling a large quilt so early on.
    I've thought about your suggestion and I think your right. I'm going to make the quilt by the directions so I can see how that goes before I make changes. As you mentioned--it can be a deal breaker if you start a too advanced project when your a beginner. I started a crazy quilt two and half years ago and it's only 2/3 done. I found the instruction online and they touted just how fast and easy it was to make one. Wrong!!! Gerrrr.... The instructions assumed people using the pattern would already know all kinds of things from adding the quarter of an inch seam allowance and other things only an experience quilter would know. Gaw!!! Iíll finish it someday but right now Iím sick of working on it. :roll:

    Well thanks for your suggestions and thoughts. Nothing like listening to the voice of experience! :-D

    Sashing-Sarah709

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    Take a class from your LQS. They may seem expensive but they will teach you the basics of quilting. You will save in the long and short run in time and mistakes that you make when trying to learn on your own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterella
    I don't increase the block size, I increase the number of blocks. If a double asks for 30 blocks (5x6) and I want it larger, I go 8x9 making 72 blocks for the kingsize. I realize it sounds like alot more work, and it is. The other option is adding sashing between all your blocks,but, that tends to loose the effect of the pattern at times. This is just my method. Probably someone on here has an easier solution, so I'll be watching also.
    This also sounds like good advice too. I tell ya, when I start add to this and then adding to that . . . I get sooo nervous! LOL I've had to add to clothing patterns before and boy it was a crap shoot if the garment would fit like I thought it would. LOL

    This is the nicest place on the earth with so many good folks. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions and help. Makes a newbie feel welcomed and ready to start the task ahead! :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigsister63
    I also have a king size bed. I make twin/lap quilts about 73x90 and lay them across the top of the bed like a coverlet. I have a plain bedspread that will go with many colors of quilts so I can change the bed top as I make new quilts. I find that it is easier, cheaper and quicker to make twin size quilts.
    Wow what a good idea! There are a few quilts I like that would be perfect for doing the same thing and it would help with learning more styles of quilts. Then maybe later I could branch out to king size on a few special quilts. Outstanding idea bigsister63. Man I love this place!!

    Thank you bigsister :-D
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    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo
    Don't enlarge a block.
    Look at the block size and figure out how many more will be needed to get to King-sized.
    It may only be needed for width, quilt lengths are usually around 80" so if it's that or more on your pattern you'll just add blocks for width.
    The other thing not to do is add additional borders - will ruin the design. Rest assured, had the designer wanted more borders, she'd have included them.
    A woman after my own heart! LOL I agree that after thinking about it--I really am not ready to do "do the math" yet. Plus I think for this quilt, the extra borders would take away from the old fashioned feel of the quilt. There are other patterns I think would look nice with more or larger borders though.

    You know, after getting all this good imput--I think I'm ready to start this project. :-D

    Thank you so much,
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    Okay, I checked out photos of both patterns.

    LINE ART: The reason this pattern works so well for a large lap, twin, double or queen is that the width of the fabric is 42" and one full strip of 42" goes a good way across the bed type. To "convert" it to a king you'd need to piece each strip from two strips of the same fabric and trim it - now this is easy to do (especially if you're using two ready-made "jelly rolls"!) and has the added benefit that the leftover strips can be used for shams, throws or even a bed topper. (Bed topper? Think table runner for the foot of your bed - a "touch of quilt" as it were. They're usually about 24" wide and the width of a "properly fitted" bed quilt ... LOTS of leeway here for doing your own thing!) Also, for a beginner, this would be the "fix" with the least amount of cutting and assembly time and heartburn constructing it.

    NINE PATCH FONDANT: This would entail a LOT more sewing since the cutting, piecing and assembly is more complicated than LINE ART. If you are still set on a king-size quilt, then enlarge the blocks so you don't scare away your confidence or lose steam. I'd cut 12" squares of a lot of scraps, lay one "light" square on top of one "dark" or "medium" square and cut the pair at the same time into 9 equal (4x4) squares, then assemble the 9-patch blocks. For the setting triangles along the sides of the quilt and corner triangles (if they're used in this quilt), use this weblink for calculating the sizes to cut and the "how-to."
    http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltse...ngtriangls.htm

    BED TOPPERS: Go to your local library and request through the interlibrary loan program "Toppers" and "Toppers 2" by Nancy Smith and Lynda Milligan. Check out the patterns without buying the books. Lots fo fun stuff here, and not too complicated.

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    I've never done a quilt by a set pattern but I did run in to this problem with my short-arm at the last place I lived I could only have it twin sized and I have a king bed so I made two twin extra longs and put them together. I suppose it could work the same for you as long as you don't add the edging in the middle.
    Hope that helps, sounds very frustrating.

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