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Thread: Yellow brick road quilt - how much fabric needed?

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    Super Member Naturalmama's Avatar
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    I'm so confused and I was going to order some fabric from Hancock's sale.... I want this to be for a queen sized bed, but also want it to hang down on the sides - so maybe figuring a king size would be more what I'd need.... I guess I don't need to know EXACTLY right now, just an idea so I can start ordering! ;) (Yes, I did just buy a ton of fat quarters at a LQS, but after I bought a piece of batik at JoAnn's tonight I realized that I must do this mainly in batik if I'm to be super happy with it - and this Hancock sale has some that I must have!!)

    I don't have the yellow brick road pattern yet - can anyone tell me about how many yards of how many different types of fabric I might need? I would be sooooo appreciative!! :-D

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    I'm sorry - I've been asking too many questions!!

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    Well, I now have 10 yds that I can use. I hope I chose well!!!! :shock:

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    I have the patttern, so I checked it out for you. :)

    For a Queen Size, finished size, 93" x 102". Needs 30 fat quarters of your choice., 2-7/8 yd. for border and binding and 8-1/2 yds. for the backing.

    For the King Size, finished size 120" x 120" you need 48 fat quarters of your choice, 3-1/2 yds. for backing and binding and 10-5/8 yds. for backing.

    Hope this helps you.

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    Ok, dumb question - is a fat quarter actually a quarter yard? I'm trying to figure out exactly how much more fabric I'd need since I ordered yardage.... and I'm just thinking about the top/border/binding since I'd probably run back to Hancocks of Paducah (w/the free shipping!)....

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    btw - thank you!!! :D

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    No a fat quarter is half of a half yard - or 18" x 22".

    Here goes: 1 yard of fabric consists of 36" x WOF (Width of fabric)

    When you buy a yard of fabric, you get 36" x approx. 42-44". Fabric on the bolt is usually folded in half. The clerk measures out the 36" for the length but you also get the width portion which is approx. 42-44"

    If you purchased 1/2 yard of fabric, which is 18" long, the width is still approx. 42"-44" wide.

    Take a half yard, fold it in half, usually by the crease that the fabric has from the bolt, and cut it there. Now you have 2 pieces, or 2 fat quarters.

    I am sure there is a tutorial somewhere, if you look on the Main Menu for Tutorials on this quilt board, you will find, hopefully a picture illustration.

    Now just because the pattern calls for 30 fat quarters, you will ALSO have to purchase separate fabric for the binding and borders and separate fabrics for the backing. Then you have to get the batting to sandwich your quilt when you are finished.

    Best thing to do is to go to your LQS and ask them about "what a fat quarter is". I am the type of person that I have to see it to catch on.

    Hope this helps. And please, don't give up, it is easier than you think!
    The pattern you have chosen is easy too. :-)

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    I think I get it - like cutting a yard like + ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by katsewnsew
    No a fat quarter is half of a half yard - or 18" x 22".
    A quarter is a quarter is a quarter. The only difference is a fat quarter is a yard cut in half selvedge to selvedge and then lengthwise. Regular quarter yards are all cut selvedge to selvedge. They have exactly the same amount of square inches.

    The difference is you can get squares from 10 inches up to 18 inches from a fat quarter but not a regular quarter. But you can only get strips up to 22 inches long from a fat quarter.

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    Where can I find the pattern for the Yellow Brick Road?

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