>
>

# Cathedral Quilt Help with fabric

05-04-2012, 09:57 AM
#1
Member

Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 1
Cathedral Quilt Help with fabric

Hey everyone, I'm new to this site, and new to quilting.. I need a hand trying to figure out what I need for fabric.
http://thejiltedballerina.blogspot.c...-tutorial.html

Thats the link to the tutorial I'm using. I want to do roughly a 6 foot x 6 foot throw.
Can someone just double check and tell me if my calculations are right??

This will all make sense once you've read through the tutorial
(8) eight background squares=36"
for every (16) sixteen background squares you will have 22 windows

Use the guide below to determine your fabric needs.

1 yard of 44" wide fabric yields approx (12) twelve 10" squares
3 1/4 squares for windows (scraps)
2 1/2 squares for batting (scraps) (batting is optional) - I HAVE THIS ALREADY

__________________________________________________ ______________

So I want to make a blanket thats like 6 feet by 6 feet.. Just a throw blanket.. My last blanket ended up being roughly 5x5 and I want this one to be a bit bigger.

so according to my calculations...

1 yard = 36 inches

For the background squares I need:
6 feet = 72 inches.. so I need 16 background squares by 16 background squares.
So thats 256 squares total.. if 1 yard does 12 I need 21.5 yards.
Please double check this because I've been getting yards and feet mixed up...

For the windows I need:
(sixteen background squares = 22 windows) so 22 x 22 = 484 windows.
if a piece of fabric is 44 inches wide that means I can get 13 (3.25") squares from the width and I need 38 squares from the length. (that equals 494 squares so yes I will have some fabric left over but 37 isn't enough)
38 (squares from length) x 3.25 (dimensions of window square) = 124 total inches in length / 36 inches = 3.5 yards.

This is my second quilt.. my first one was a rag throw made out of flannel for my baby and I to cuddle with our for him/her to lay on. Its super thick and warm and actually turned out really good for my first blanket! I'm excited to start my second quilt
05-04-2012, 12:10 PM
#2
Super Member

Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Texas, USA
Posts: 5,896

Howdy and Welcome!

What I do, when I'm confused about needed yardage, is sketch it all out on graph paper. That said, don't count on "1 yard" as actually being 1 yard of usable fabric. Selvages must be removed and as likely as not, the cut ends won't be straight. After you wash and dry your fabric, you may also lose a tiny bit, due to shrinkage.
05-04-2012, 01:03 PM
#3
Super Member

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Maryland
Posts: 3,586

You're calculating individual yards of fabric which makes you calculate too much. I came up with 18 yards for the background fabric. You would only be using 30 inches of fabric but have 6 inches waste leftover if you were using individual 1 yard pieces of fabric. I didn't calculate the window fabric but you are probably estimating too much there too. Although too much is way better than too little -- more stash for another quilt!

I also noted that she used batting. I don't use batting in my cathedral quilts because they are heavy/warm enough without it. The batting probably helps to accentuate the window fabrics but depending on where you live, you may not want the extra weight/warmth of the batting. Just wanted to let you know that you can make one without the batting... Please post pics when you're done!
05-04-2012, 01:11 PM
#4
Power Poster

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Michigan
Posts: 11,229

Cathedral window quilts take a whole bunch of fabric, so 22 yards for a throw does not seem unreasonable.

Here's a tutorial from this board. I know you already have one, but this one is very good:
http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...al-t35742.html
05-04-2012, 04:13 PM
#5
Power Poster

Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Lake Elsinore, CA
Posts: 14,042

You use a 10" square of background fabric to get a finished square that is 4.5". You're correct that you need 256 of these. You can *probably* fit 4 squares across the 45" fabric. That means you need 256/4=66 strips. 66*10"=660"=18 1/3 yards. Of course you would want to get extra for shrinkage, squaring off, etc.

I have never made a CW quilt, but I don't understand why you need 22 windows for each 16 squares. Can anyone explain this?
05-04-2012, 05:43 PM
#6
Junior Member

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Kansas
Posts: 250

Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
Cathedral window quilts take a whole bunch of fabric, so 22 yards for a throw does not seem unreasonable.

Here's a tutorial from this board. I know you already have one, but this one is very good:
http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...al-t35742.html
It has been awhile since I used this tutorial. I think Eddie did some calculations on fabric in the tutorial.
05-04-2012, 07:08 PM
#7
Super Member

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Washington State
Posts: 1,521

Wonderful Tutorial - makes me want to do a CW.

Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
Cathedral window quilts take a whole bunch of fabric, so 22 yards for a throw does not seem unreasonable.

Here's a tutorial from this board. I know you already have one, but this one is very good:
http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...al-t35742.html
Related Topics
Forum
Replies
Last Post
franle
Main
5
06-07-2013 12:21 PM
Shirley41
Main
4
10-06-2011 09:32 PM
Linda B
Main
5
05-05-2011 08:25 AM
SuzanneTx
Main
16
07-21-2010 03:41 PM
DebJ
Main
1
02-14-2008 08:59 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On