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  1. #11

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    Hey, stop making me feel old. I am 57! Am I the one leading the line to the Senior Center? Well, at least my car already knows the way!!!
    I do not act –or dress – my age ether. As my philosopher youngest son says <> or that <>. :lol: On the other end, when he was 7 years old, he had an assignment in school and had to write about his family and he wrote that << my mom used to be very smart; she used to be a chemical engineer but now … she is just a mom (and dumb I take it) :( >>.
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    Lucia, there's a translation for what 7-year-olds say: "Just a mom" = "My whole world". We can all tell you have an engineer's mind--just look at the way you problem solve with all the tips you've been sharing! If we all were fortunate enough to end up in the same Senior Center, I'd want one of the chairs at your table just so I wouldn't miss anything!

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    OK! Guess I need to get into this discussion.
    Lucia, I beat you. I turned 70 in October and I still wear blue jeans, t-shirts and sneakers. My 4Hers asked how long we will continue quilting since there are only eight years of programs established and four of them are third year quilters. I told them it depended upon me and how long I last. But I do believe I have a good five left.
    Healthwise, I have had to have a few repairs, but I am still going strong.
    Years ago, when one of my son's friends asked how old I was, Steve told him I was is in the space age, "39 and holding". Soooo, I am still holding.
    Blessings to you all, Suzanne

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    When my granson asked how old I was , I told him I was as young as spring and old as dirt, so he figurd out I was middle age. Age gives you freedom to be your self and not worry about what the world thinks. Some days I am young and some very old. I will be 62 in 07 and will retire. The only discount I seem to get is the salvation army thrift store. does Joanns have a discount program, love the coupons.

    :) :D :-o :lol: 8) :P :wink: :thumbup: :lol: :-o :mrgreen: :) :thumbup: :roll: :lol: :lol: :-D

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    :D Lucia: This book sounds great, but can it be used for reducing yardage to make a smaller version of a full sized quilt? Can it be ordered by e-mail or catalog? Hoping you can let me know because I see a lot of beautiful patterns I would like to try, but at age 76 I have just recently become (hopefully) a quilter so I am trying to concentrate on smaller items like wall hangings to build my skills up. :thumbup:

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    Hi Marilyn
    Yes, the book is still available, at list you can buy it from the used book sellers at Amazon.com. Here is the link:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0881959456/sr=8-1/qid=1171723981/ref=pd_bbs_sr_olp_1/002-0903866-6052006?ie=UTF8&s=books

    I would say yes to the other questions. Let’s see if I can give you an example:
    If you have the pattern for a queen size quilt A, and you want to make a twin size B:

    A---you know you need 1 yd to cut 110 X 3” squares
    If for B you only need 55 X 3” squares (you will need to cut 55 X 3 1/5” for seem allowances) the chart shows you will need only 1/2 yd of the same fabric.
    I am going to “try” to scan (I am not so good at this stuff…) the book’s table of contents for you to give you an idea of what is included.
    You still have some math to do, like the total of how many of squares or triangles do you need for the number of blocks for your size; then you see how much you need to buy.
    Or:
    You want exact the same pattern with the same amount of blocks, but you want to make them smaller to fit the twin size. You can see the yardage you need through one of the charts.
    I do not know if I am able to explain it well; I would say you need to look at the book and see if it makes sense to you. I know some people do not understand charts or road maps … some thing I do well… So, do not know what to tell you.
    Good luck
    Lucia

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    Table of Contents

    How to Use This Book ............................. 1
    Planning a Quilt .................................. 2
    Standard Mattress Sizes......................... 6
    Suggested Quilt Sizes. .......................... 6
    Quilt Sizes and Number of Blocks
    Straight Set. .................................. 7
    Straight Set with Sashing. ....................... 8
    Straight Set with Alternating Squares ............. 10
    Diagonal Set. ................................ 11
    Diagonal Set with Sashing. ..................... 12
    Diagonal Set with Alternating Squares ............ 17
    Figuring Yardage
    Rectangles .................................. 19
    Squares. .................................... 20
    Half Square Triangles ......................... 22
    Quarter Square Triangles ...................... 23

    Figuring Yardage (cont.)
    Sashing Strips ............................... 25
    Diamonds (60 degree)......................... 26
    Diamonds (45 degree). ........................ 26
    Borders. .................................... 27
    Quilt Backing. ............................... 27
    Binding
    Double-fold ............................. 28
    Single-fold .............................. 28
    Diagonal Measurement of Blocks.................... 28
    Bias Binding .................................... 29
    Batting......................................... 30
    Metric Conversions .............................. 30
    Quilt Worksheet. ................................ 31
    Shopping List ................................... 33

    How to Use This Book

    Patchwork Minus Mathwork is a collection of charts to help you plan a quilt and figure yardages without doing the math.
    Go through the steps in Planning a Quilt, pages 2 to 6, along with the Figuring Yardage charts, pages 19 to 30 and use the Quilt Worksheet, pages 31 and 32, to figure yardages you will need for your quilt. Then write the amounts on the Shopping List (inside back cover) and you're ready to go to your local quilt shop or fabric store.
    Although it would be impossible to include every size in the Quilt Sizes and Number of Blocks charts, pages 7 to 18, there are enough choices that you will surely find one that suits your needs. These are meant to be guidelines for planning your quilt, not hard and fast rules. Once you have chosen a block, look through the charts and find a size that is compatible with your needs. The chart will tell you how many blocks you will need, what size they should be and anything else (sashing strips, sash¬ing squares, plain squares, or setting triangles) you will need to complete your quilt. Keep in mind, the quilt sizes in the charts do not include borders. If you want to add borders to make fewer or larger blocks, you can still use the information in the charts. A quilt with a specific block layout will have the same information no matter what size the block is. For example, a diagonal set quilt with a block layout of 4 x 5 will always have 32 blocks and 14 setting triangles as noted in the chart on page 11. Just be aware that your quilt measurement may not be the same as our example.

    The yardage charts in this book are based on a fabric width of 40". This allows for variances in fabric width off the bolt and shrinkage from washing. Simple layouts shown with the charts show the most efficient use of fabric. It is easiest to use a rotary cutter (also, the appropriate mat and ruler) to first cut strips the correct width, then cut into squares, rectangles, triangles, or dia¬monds. If using templates, use the same layout and butt up the edges of the template right next to each other to use as little fab¬ric as possible.
    The Border and Binding Yardage charts include several sizes of borders, but if the size you want is not included, you can still use the charts. Just go to the next widest border and buy the suggested yardage knowing that you will have a little leftover. Also, if the perimeter of your quilt is not one of those listed in the chart, always go to the next highest number and use that yardage.
    Remember: A good rule of thumb is that it is always best to add at least V4 yard to all measurements for insurance. It is always better to have leftover fabric than it is to run out of a particular fabric and not be able to purchase more.

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    Marilyn
    Let's see if this works!
    Lucia
    Table of Contents

    How to Use This Book ............................. 1
    Planning a Quilt .................................. 2
    Standard Mattress Sizes......................... 6
    Suggested Quilt Sizes. .......................... 6
    Quilt Sizes and Number of Blocks
    Straight Set. .................................. 7
    Straight Set with Sashing. ....................... 8
    Straight Set with Alternating Squares ............. 10
    Diagonal Set. ................................ 11
    Diagonal Set with Sashing. ..................... 12
    Diagonal Set with Alternating Squares ............ 17
    Figuring Yardage
    Rectangles .................................. 19
    Squares. .................................... 20
    Half Square Triangles ......................... 22
    Quarter Square Triangles ...................... 23

    Figuring Yardage (cont.)
    Sashing Strips ............................... 25
    Diamonds (60 degree)......................... 26
    Diamonds (45 degree). ........................ 26
    Borders. .................................... 27
    Quilt Backing. ............................... 27
    Binding
    Double-fold ............................. 28
    Single-fold .............................. 28
    Diagonal Measurement of Blocks.................... 28
    Bias Binding .................................... 29
    Batting......................................... 30
    Metric Conversions .............................. 30
    Quilt Worksheet. ................................ 31
    Shopping List ................................... 33

    How to Use This Book

    Patchwork Minus Mathwork is a collection of charts to help you plan a quilt and figure yardages without doing the math.
    Go through the steps in Planning a Quilt, pages 2 to 6, along with the Figuring Yardage charts, pages 19 to 30 and use the Quilt Worksheet, pages 31 and 32, to figure yardages you will need for your quilt. Then write the amounts on the Shopping List (inside back cover) and you're ready to go to your local quilt shop or fabric store.
    Although it would be impossible to include every size in the Quilt Sizes and Number of Blocks charts, pages 7 to 18, there are enough choices that you will surely find one that suits your needs. These are meant to be guidelines for planning your quilt, not hard and fast rules. Once you have chosen a block, look through the charts and find a size that is compatible with your needs. The chart will tell you how many blocks you will need, what size they should be and anything else (sashing strips, sash¬ing squares, plain squares, or setting triangles) you will need to complete your quilt. Keep in mind, the quilt sizes in the charts do not include borders. If you want to add borders to make fewer or larger blocks, you can still use the information in the charts. A quilt with a specific block layout will have the same information no matter what size the block is. For example, a diagonal set quilt with a block layout of 4 x 5 will always have 32 blocks and 14 setting triangles as noted in the chart on page 11. Just be aware that your quilt measurement may not be the same as our example.

    The yardage charts in this book are based on a fabric width of 40". This allows for variances in fabric width off the bolt and shrinkage from washing. Simple layouts shown with the charts show the most efficient use of fabric. It is easiest to use a rotary cutter (also, the appropriate mat and ruler) to first cut strips the correct width, then cut into squares, rectangles, triangles, or dia¬monds. If using templates, use the same layout and butt up the edges of the template right next to each other to use as little fab¬ric as possible.
    The Border and Binding Yardage charts include several sizes of borders, but if the size you want is not included, you can still use the charts. Just go to the next widest border and buy the suggested yardage knowing that you will have a little leftover. Also, if the perimeter of your quilt is not one of those listed in the chart, always go to the next highest number and use that yardage.
    Remember: A good rule of thumb is that it is always best to add at least V4 yard to all measurements for insurance. It is always better to have leftover fabric than it is to run out of a particular fabric and not be able to purchase more.





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    My favorite method of scaling patterns is to go to the quilt store to and ask the knowledgeable people there and they do all the thinking and calculating. If you must do it yourself, consider the size of the block and how many blocks will come closest to the width and length that you want your quilt to be. Sometimes you have to go a block bigger than you wanted to come out right with the pattern or a block less and then you may think about adding several borders to make the the desired size. After that I can decide if I need to increase my yardage by 1/3 or 1/2 and multiply the fabric requirements of each fabric for new yardage. If you end up with a strange number, roundup for safety sake.
    Well--like I said go the quilt shop!
    Rita :wink:

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    Lucia: :P Your information on scaling patterns has been very helpful and I was able to obtain the book for only $3.89 on e-mail and it was in brand new conditon. Thank you so much. :mrgreen: :P :P

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