MonaMcC

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I'm looking for a pattern that will use nothing but madras plaids, probably in 6" squares. This will be a quilt for my 2 year old grandson and has been requested by my daughter. I really just need to know how much fabric to purchase of 4 - 5 different plaids. She will probably want a queen size quilt and I'm not experienced enough to wing it and just go buy fabric and start sewing. Anyone have any suggestions for me?
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  1. SunbonnetSmart.com's Avatar
    Hello there, Mona! Sounds like a wonderful project. I am in love with the new phone app, "QuiltingCalc" By Robert Kaufman Fabrics. It makes finding yardage much easier than trying to calculate it by hand. Before this app, I used "Taking the Math Out of Making Patchwork Quilts" by Bonnie Leman and Judy Martin for years. You can find a copy every now and then on eBay. It came out in 1981 and was a standard in the field. Here's a really pretty quilt using all plaids: [url]http://bit.ly/16QBeWD[/url] Here's a 6 x 6" block quilt on eHow: [url]http://bit.ly/WYwDyL[/url] I would graph out your quilt on graph paper. I use six square to the inch quadrille rule graph paper, so each square equals 2 inches and a block equals one foot. Once you graph it out, you can get a feel for the number of blocks in queen size and how your choice of 4-5 fabrics would work. Use 4-5 colored pencils to get a feel for it. I am suggesting working on paper first, because as you noodle the design and what you are planning, the odds are you will change your original intention. That's the beauty of the design process, making your quilt a "baby" you will help grow. It will tell you what it needs as you go along. LOTS of fun. I hope this helps in getting started. Much Love, Fondly, Robin
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    Quote Originally Posted by SunbonnetSmart.com
    Hello there, Mona! Sounds like a wonderful project. I am in love with the new phone app, "QuiltingCalc" By Robert Kaufman Fabrics. It makes finding yardage much easier than trying to calculate it by hand. Before this app, I used "Taking the Math Out of Making Patchwork Quilts" by Bonnie Leman and Judy Martin for years. You can find a copy every now and then on eBay. It came out in 1981 and was a standard in the field. Here's a really pretty quilt using all plaids: http://bit.ly/16QBeWD Here's a 6 x 6" block quilt on eHow: http://bit.ly/WYwDyL I would graph out your quilt on graph paper. I use six square to the inch quadrille rule graph paper, so each square equals 2 inches and a block equals one foot. Once you graph it out, you can get a feel for the number of blocks in queen size and how your choice of 4-5 fabrics would work. Use 4-5 colored pencils to get a feel for it. I am suggesting working on paper first, because as you noodle the design and what you are planning, the odds are you will change your original intention. That's the beauty of the design process, making your quilt a "baby" you will help grow. It will tell you what it needs as you go along. LOTS of fun. I hope this helps in getting started. Much Love, Fondly, Robin

    Thanks Robin! This gave me some good ideas. A great starting point. The eHow article was really good since I really had not thought about the difference in printed and woven plaids. I pinned one of the pictures of the first link to my Pinterest board so my daughter can see it. Thanks again. I'll try to post pictures of our finished project..... whenever that may be!

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