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# I Need Help Figuring yards????

06-05-2013, 05:24 PM
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I Need Help Figuring yards????

Want to make a quilt 60X60, the block is 12 X 12 finished(12 1/2x12 1/2). background 1/4 of yd, other 5 color pieces 1/8 of yd. thats to complete 1 block. how much yards for the background and the other colors. 1/8=0.125 and 1/4=0.25. to make the 30 blocks that I need??? I don't know if I'm having a brain freeze or not. LOL
06-05-2013, 05:40 PM
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It might help if you gave the pattern, sometimes a visual really gets the brain going.
06-05-2013, 05:43 PM
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Right, the block is "Celtic Twist Block"
06-05-2013, 06:01 PM
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Ok if your quilt is 60 x 60 with 12" finished blocks that is 5 blocks each way for a total of 25 blocks. 30 blocks would make it 60 x 72. Unless you are planning to put 5 blocks on the back?
06-05-2013, 06:20 PM
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Do you have graph paper? That's an easy way to plan out how to cut your fabric to get the best fit. I get "quadrille" paper in the office supply section. Often you can get quite a bit more on your fabric when you do multiple blocks alike than when you do a single block. So you may not actually need 25 - 30 times the amount for one block.
06-05-2013, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by didi
Want to make a quilt 60X60, the block is 12 X 12 finished(12 1/2x12 1/2). background 1/4 of yd, other 5 color pieces 1/8 of yd. thats to complete 1 block. how much yards for the background and the other colors. 1/8=0.125 and 1/4=0.25. to make the 30 blocks that I need??? I don't know if I'm having a brain freeze or not. LOL
5 pieces of 1/8th of a yard equals 5/8ths of a yard plus a quarter of a yard equals a yard and an eighth for one block?
06-05-2013, 07:29 PM
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The sizes she has given for that one block are probably due to the fact that one can't buy the fabric by the yard (not talking about specialty cuts -- fat quarters, layer cakes, jelly rolls, etc.) cut smaller than 1/8 yard in most places. The designer assumes one will be making more than one block, likely with different colors but same background in most blocks. A 60" x 60" quilt probably won't use more than 2.5 yards all together on the front.

Jan in VA
06-05-2013, 10:10 PM
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60x60=3600 sq inches of fabric, minimum. 3600/40In wide =90 liniar in = 2.5 yd minimum. If the same proportions as each block are given to the fabrics you'd need 3/4 yd background, and 3/8 of each of the 5 colors. I'd increase it to 1 yd background and 1/2 yd of each of the 5 colors. Cut it out immediately to see if that was enough so you can go back to the store for more.
06-06-2013, 02:09 AM
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Thanks, ladies I think I see what to get now. Mom-6, I said I thought I was having a brain freeze, I didn't even notice I had to many block, thanks. LOL
06-06-2013, 07:13 AM
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I'm glad you got the help you needed. Way over my brain's ability. Lots of knowledgeable people on this board. Lots are willing to help when they can.
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