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Thread: Made the wrong size quilt!!

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    Unhappy Made the wrong size quilt!!

    Hello everyone. I need some pointers from the experts out there. My daughter wanted a new bright quilt for her queen bed, so I labored with it for months, ripping out several times and changing patterns. Finally FMQ it on my Janome. Final size turned out to be 89x82.....seems more like a double bed quilt to me. I'm sure it will be too small for her bed.
    When you make a queen quilt what size do you make it?
    And what stitch length do you FMQ with??
    I'm sure she will be as disappointed as I am.

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    Many people put quilts on their beds as "toppers" instead of down-to-the floor coverings.

    In fact, I don't like a down-to-the=floor covering - it weighs a ton and is very uncomfortable to me.

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    I use to make them about 90"x108" but with the various thickness of the mattress now a days, I would go and take measurements.
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    It might be big enough if she has a bed skirt.

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    I just googled queen size quilt dimensions and got two sizes....86 x 93 and 102 x 112. One is for a "short drop" and the other for a "long drop." Your size is close to the short drop. Maybe it will work okay? I hope so.

    That being said, you could always add another border, tricky as that might be right now, it is do-able.

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    I would just add borders, should not be to terribly difficult to
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    we were late to the queen bed party, so when we finally got one, I had a dozen or more double quilts that just didn't cut it anymore. I took a flat sheet, ripped it into 5 sections and stitched it to the bottom for a new tuck area. Works great, although not what you'd want for a gift. But on the other hand if you did it cleverly like a pretty runner of some kind...and planned it so the long length of the quilt now goes side to side for a little more (Y) cover... I'll bet you have plenty of fabric left to do this. Do it before you gift it and she will think you are the most clever mom in the world.

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    re your fmq question. You don't set your stitch length when you fmq. How you move your fabric determines the length of your stitches because most folks fmq with the feed dogs down. Check your machine manual to see if there is a darning or quilting setting. if you are sitd, I usually set the length to 3.0
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    After purchasing a new bed none of my quilts fit. I solved the problem by putting a neutral bedspread between the mattress and box spring. It hangs to the floor. I then placed a lace topper over that, put the mattress on. Now the quilts look just fine - they only have to cover the mattress depth. Works for me!

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    Nammie to 7, I bet that looks so pretty.

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    OOOhhh Nammie to 7 that sounds so Awesome in my mind. I would love to see a pic of it also!! So creative of you!!Quilters Rock!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nammie to 7 View Post
    After purchasing a new bed none of my quilts fit. I solved the problem by putting a neutral bedspread between the mattress and box spring. It hangs to the floor. I then placed a lace topper over that, put the mattress on. Now the quilts look just fine - they only have to cover the mattress depth. Works for me!
    This is such a great idea! Wish I had thought of it but you can be sure I will be using that idea at a later date. I don't usually like bedskirts but I think this would look wonderful with a quilt that might be too small on a larger bed. Thanks for this!

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    I can't stand a quilt that is too big. It is too heavy, and in the middle of the night I usually want to stick my feet out for a while. These are my hot flashes. A few minutes later, they go back under the covers, but I couldn't do that with a quilt that hangs to the floor. Like others said, cover the depth of the mattress.
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    I usually make mine about 104x104. could you add some borders. I have added borders to a finished , quilted quilt.

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    I use a lot of queens and dbls with a bed skirt on my KING. Some i turn sideways and make shams to match. Shams are just fancy name for matching pillow cases. Easy peezy
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    If I'm going to make a big quilt I will lay the blocks across my full size bed and add an extra square to each side. I add boarders and may be do a normal stitch.

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    Making a queen size for my daughter's queen size sleighbed--she did not want it covering the side rails and with head and foot board it didn't need to hang over the end much either. We measured and 83" in width was what she wanted and making about 90" in length. With my quest room I use about the same size on a queen size and use a bedskirt--works fine.

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    I liked 96x96 to 100x100 when I had a queen bed. That was one of the perks of making my own, the ones from the store seemed too small for us. It is all a matter of personal preference.
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    I just added a 7" ruffle to 3 sides of a too-small finished quilt that I wanted to use on my king sized bed. I love the way it looks.

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    A queen mattress is only 60 x 78. Anything over that is hanging down. The 89 is a bit short for the length, but the side should work just fine. When I design my quilts, I always just make the real center design area 60 x 72 or so. Everything else is border. A 82 inch wide quilt gives you 11 inches of overhang each side. Unless you have one of them new fangled popper topper mattresses, it should look just fine. I think it will be just ducky. Make nice looking matching sham covers for her pillows and no one will notice. Functionally, the top is big enough for two people. tim in san jose

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