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Thread: Star Quilt Help with border size QUEEN

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    Hello,

    I am making a star quilt for Native American Literature Class as my final project. I have bought the pattern from Diane's Native American Star quilts. It is the Turtle Island Star Quilt halfway down the page with the turtle in the middle of it.

    http://www.nativeamericanstarquilts.net/Patterns.htm

    This is for a queen size bed it is 60 square so I want to add a border to make it larger. (this kit only has instructions for the 60 square). The Batting I have for it is 90x108.

    I really want to add a basic border because I wont have time to do much more.
    http://www.nativeamericanstarquilts....ainBorders.htm

    I like the border on the turtle quilt. It was the borders, dark green, medium green, and light green.

    I was wondering if anyone could help me decide how much more fabric I will need for thoses borders? and how much for the binding on a queen size quilt, how many yards will I need for backing, and what will be the size of my final project?


    Thank you so much. Im going to try to contact the artist Diane and ask her, but thought I would stop here first.
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    I thought I would add this is my first time posting :).

    I have only made baby quilts before. I have never had the patients for anything larger so this is my first full size!

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!!

    Someone here should be able to help you. I'm just popping in for a moment!

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    "This is for a queen size bed it is 60 square so I want to add a border to make it larger. (this kit only has instructions for the 60 square). The Batting I have for it is 90x108."

    Figure out what you want your final size to be...with that batting, as a machine quilter, I would have my top finish at 82x100. You have a 60" square center medallion, so you need to add 22" to the sides and 40" to the top and bottom. This means your borders will be different sizes on the top/bottom compared to the sides. You could add a different color to the top and bottom - 9.5" each (cut to that and finish at adding 9" to the top and bottom of the quilt) - then add your 3 identical borders around the entire quilt. It looks like the 2 inner borders in the picture are the same size with the outer border larger - would be easy to make the 2 smaller borders finish at 6" each and the outer border finish at 10".

    If you do it this way, I would get 1.5 yards of the 9.5" material, 1.5 yards of inner border - cut 8 WOF 6.5" strips, 1.75 yards of middle border - cut 10 WOF 6.5" strips, 3 yards of the outer border, cut 11 WOF 10.5" strips.

    Mind you, I figured this out in my head, so please check my math...I don't have one of those wonderful fabric calculators! Draw it out on graph paper...that's the way I usually do it.

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    Thanks so much for the welcomes and the help! You got me going in the right direction. :) Does about 5.75 years sound good for a backing?

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    so I came up with almost 18.5 yards of fabric for a 90x100 quilt... can that be right? it sounds like so much.

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    I made one of her star quilts for my little grandson. Although it's much smaller than yours, I changed it from square to rectangular by adding a strip of arrows, as shown in the picture. If you look into Seminole strips/borders, you'll find some ideas that might fit with your theme.

    You'll do a wonderful job and be very proud of your results.

    BTW, Diane is very responsive with email :-)

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    First you need to decide if you want your border fabric to be one long solid piece or pieced sections. One long piece would give you left over fabric to use for something else. Pieced would use up most of the fabric. Also if doing mitered corners that takes more fabric too. That makes a big difference in the amount of fabric you'll need.

    I have Diane's book (Creating the Native American Star Quilt). In it she shows adding "length panels" to most of her quilts. The "Turtle" picture you show has white length panels added to top & bottom. According to the book length panels are cut at 5 1/2" x 60" each. This would add 10" to the length of your medallion. The medallion would then be 60" x 70".

    It also looks like the light green border is top & bottom only, actually another length panel at 5" each. It also looks like she used the light green as binding too.

    Diane's book shows piecing the boarders. She shows a Queen finished at 90"x100". Your batting isn't big enough for that tho. At best you'd end up with a finished quilt at 82" or 84" x 100". If you want your quilt to finish at 90" x 100" then you need to get bigger batting.

    If you draw this out on paper it will make more sense to you.

    If you purchase "backing fabric" you'd need 3 yards at 100" wide.

    If you can give a little more info we can figure this out for you right down to the cuts.

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