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Thread: How do you know how much fabric is requirred?

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    How do you know how much fabric is requirred?

    I do not have a pattern picked out, but I want to purchase fabric for a queen size quilt. I have the fabric picked out, but I do not know how much yardage to buy. Please help me. Thank you.

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    Try the calculator app at Robert Kaufmann. I keep it on my iPod in my pocket whenever I shop fabric. Showed it clerk at LQS and she made note of it, as it would help them to have it handy, too.
    http://www.robertkaufman.com/

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    It would help if we knew what size (in inches) you are planning to make this.

    I figure 10 yards total as a minimum for the top. Probably more, depending on the complexity of the pattern and if you want a big queen size or a little queen size.

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    Fabric requirements depend on the size of the quilt (even queen size quilts vary widely in size), the design, the number of fabrics... It's very difficult to buy fabric for a specific quilt without knowing all of these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssnare View Post
    I do not have a pattern picked out, but I want to purchase fabric for a queen size quilt. I have the fabric picked out, but I do not know how much yardage to buy. Please help me. Thank you.

    When I know what fabrics I want to use but don't know what pattern I want to use yet I buy at least 5 yards of the focus fabric, 3 to 4 yards of the background fabric and 2 yards of at least two go with fabrics.

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    Scissor Queen: I like your thinking. Who needs a fancy calculator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    When I know what fabrics I want to use but don't know what pattern I want to use yet I buy at least 5 yards of the focus fabric, 3 to 4 yards of the background fabric and 2 yards of at least two go with fabrics.
    Makes sense to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    Scissor Queen: I like your thinking. Who needs a fancy calculator.

    I figured that out from making quilts from my own stash. I'd pull a focus, background and go withs and only have enough of one of the fabrics for a twin size. Or only have enough of the focus for the borders and not enough to add to the blocks, etc.

    I have a focus fabric right now that I know I'm only going to have enough of for a fairly small quilt. The sad thing is it is *the* perfect fabric for the bed in the guest room. So now I'm going to have to punt and figure something out to still use that fabric.

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    Red face

    Just do what i do... estimate and buy double what you might need. LOL

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