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    Yardage Help

    Ok I am making a quilt and i need 153 , 5 inch blocks does anyone know what i would need for yardage?
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    So many questions. How many colors will you be using? Are the blocks all solid colors? Are the blocks made from pieces of fabric sewn into patterns? Do you want yardage for sashings? Borders? Bindings?

    If all you need to know is how much yardage to buy inorder to cut 153 5" blocks from one color with no attention to pattern or direction of weave, then usually the fabric is 42" wide. subtract 1" from each side for selvages. That leaves 40 inches. divide that by 5 and you can cut 8 blocks across the width of the fabric. Divide the 153 total number needed by the 8 you can cut across the width and you get 19.125 which means you will need 20 widths of fabric that is 5 inches wide to cut the blocks. You will need a piece of fabric 42 inches wide by 100 " long or dividing 100 by 36 you need to buy 2.7 yds. I would buy 3 yds myself.

    If your finished size if 5" then these figures are wrong.
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    If 5 inches is your cutting size and not your finished size you would get 56 squares per yard so you would need 3 yards which would give a little left over. If you use a fat quarter it is 12- 5 inch squares per fat quarter or 48 per 4 fat quarters. Depends on if you are using multiple fabrics or just one. Your LQS can also help you with this if you take your pattern with you so you know how much of which Good luck

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    If your fabric is about 44 inches wide you can cut 8 blocks from the width of the fabric. 153 divided by 8 is 19 so you will cut 19 rows of squares. 19 x 5 is 95 inches or 2 and 3/4 yards. If you need to add seam allowances we'll need to start over.

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    You can also Google "quilting calculators". There are lots of good ones out there!
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    Yes, a total of three yards of fabric for your # of needed blocks. This gives you a small amount of 'fudge' room to straighten the strip cuts, etc.

    If you are using more than one color, divide that 3 of colors into 3 yards to determine how much of each color.

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    Thanks for all the help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenheron View Post
    If your fabric is about 44 inches wide you can cut 8 blocks from the width of the fabric. 153 divided by 8 is 19 so you will cut 19 rows of squares. 19 x 5 is 95 inches or 2 and 3/4 yards. If you need to add seam allowances we'll need to start over.

    Don't do anything until someone smarter looks at my maths.
    Love this comment. Thanks for my morning laugh.

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