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Thread: How Do You Decide How Big Your Quilt is Going to Be?

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    Super Member pumpkinpatchquilter's Avatar
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    I usually focus on the design of the quilt rather than the size it will end up being, unless I want to make something of a specific size for a bed/couch/table or something like that.

    Do you try to make your quilt sizes coincide with bed sizes? Or do your quilts just end up as big as the end up?

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    It varies with me. I usually have a rough idea of how big I want it and plan my blocks accordingly.

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    Sometimes both. Some quilts are a planned size and some just end up whatever size they end up.

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    Mine aren't really made to fit specific beds but are more lap/twin quilts for a single person to use....(for example I use mine on my side of our king sized bed because I like more covers than DH does).

    I try to stay less than 80 tall and 72 wide, just because it makes the backings work out easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpatchquilter
    I usually focus on the design of the quilt rather than the size it will end up being, unless I want to make something of a specific size for a bed/couch/table or something like that.
    Same here. It also depends on how much of a particular fabric I have in my stash.

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    Most of mine are planned.

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    Mine are planned.

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    mine are usually planned.

    then they laugh at my plans and turn out to be the size they want to be. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    mine are usually planned.

    then they laugh at my plans and turn out to be the size they want to be. :lol:


    :lol: :lol: LOVE THIS! :lol: :lol:

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    I never measure a quilt size untill I'm making the binding.
    I look at the quilt to tell me if it is finished. Sometimes I like making a block so much I just keep on going till I run of the fabric I'm using.
    It's so much fun.
    peace

    EDIT: Very funny Patrice! :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    mine are usually planned.

    then they laugh at my plans and turn out to be the size they want to be. :lol:
    um yeah, the first d9p ended up being 2 goodsized crib quilts cause someones math was a bit off :roll:

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    I usually start making blocks that I like and see where that takes me. Sometimes I start out with a purpose in mind that dictates, at least, a general small, medium or large, but other than that I usually keep going until it looks right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    mine are usually planned.

    then they laugh at my plans and turn out to be the size they want to be. :lol:
    That's me too!! :lol:

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    I laugh when people ask me how big the quilt is going to be. I have a reasonable idea but then the project decides what it is going to do.

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    It really depends on the quilt, if it is a quilt I design, I make it to fit a bed, otherwise, I try to make them at least large lap/small twin size... but they do turn out however they turn out sometimes!

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    I usually try to plan my quilts out, but sometimes they have a mind of their own. More often than not, they turn out the size they turn out. (Most are large lap size/twin bed to king size)

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    Sometimes I know how big it is going to be and other times,It is when I quit. That's how big it will be.

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    When I run out of the focus fabric -

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    Mine are started with a plan in mind but as it often happens, my quilts develop plans of their own....

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    i ususally know how big i want it. but sometimes after it is together if i really like colors i add and make it bigger.

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    Most of the time they are planned. Pattern tells me what size they'll be. Unless I fall in love with a larger pattern, most of mine are no larger than about 64" a side. Larger than that is hard to quilt in my machine. I prefer rectangular rather than square, though, so a lot end up approximately 48-50 X 60-64.

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    They just grow.I measure them when I buy the backing...

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    My... many K size quilts have spoken....NO more K size! House is small,only so much closet/storage space & it's full.Only sofa throws from now on.Less fabric needed, no LA quilter needed & have a ton of stash to use up....so works for me.

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    Every bed quilt that I make has a bed in mind before I start. I currently have a top pieced and waiting to be quilting (it's #2 in line). DD isn't a traditionalist girl so I let her pick the pattern and she liked bargellos. Then I went through my book and found a pattern that will fit her bed 98x96, then I began the long process of finding fabrics. I ramble...lol...but I guess I am trying to say that I don't make random quilts....everything is planned out. Since I give mine away I want to make sure that the recipient does indeed like quilts and where it will be used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkin patch quilter
    I usually focus on the design of the quilt rather than the size it will end up being, unless I want to make something of a specific size for a bed/couch/table or something like that.

    Do you try to make your quilt sizes coincide with bed sizes? Or do your quilts just end up as big as the end up?
    If a size is not requested.
    I want to get the most use from quilts so I make them queen size . I know they can be used on a standard bed, queen or a couch throw.
    When they are passed down they will continue to be used.When I spend 6 months or more making a quilt this helps me justify the time knowing they will be appreciated.

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