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    Math Whoopsie

    So I just made a baby quilt for a friend but do to fuzzy math. I made it 36x63. (4 blocks per row for 7 rows) so it it narrow and long. This whole time I thought I was making it 45x63. That's what happens when a woman with a degree in writing does math I guess. If you were me would you:

    a.) Remove a couple of rows to make it shorter.
    b.) Remove the rows and add them to the width to make the quilt square. (45x45)
    c.) Leave it the way it is.

    I don't have the option of adding another row to make it wider while leaving the length.

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    I would do B if you could. If not, then don't worry. Babies grow quickly into toddlers who love to drag their quilt thru the house.
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    You could also add a border that is wider on the sides than the length. Or if it is a modern design, you could add a panel or other blocks or.... to one side.

    Maybe post a pic so that we see what you're working with.

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    My choice is "B". I would rather have a more square quilt than narrow and long.

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    I would also make it square, option B. I have made several this size and they looked great. Otherwise your current long and skinny quilt may look a bit odd.

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    I also vote for the square option.
    I have a degree in math & can't write. I've got the their, there & they're down, but that affect/effect has me stumped.
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    I'm with B too

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    Yep I also vote for B. I know its crappy having to open and redo but I think you will be happier with it in the long run.

    But there is an option D: if you have the fabric, make 2 more blocks. Then you could take off one row and add a full row of 6 blocks to the width, giving you a quilt that is 45x56.
    Last edited by GingerK; 08-25-2014 at 01:48 PM.
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    i vote for option B also
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    . Go for B!
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    I guess I'm the contrary one again! I'd do A. Right now I have a skinny quilt on the couch - it's about that same size. I wish I had made it shorter as it's just odd.
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    The quilt we made for Emmaline is 45" square. She is 20 months old and it still fits her fine. I vote for the square.

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    B....square
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    I would go with B.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    I vote for B also....Don't forget to post a photo when you finish !!!!
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    I vote for either A or the "D" version GingerK mentioned. I am not a huge fan of square quilts. But, that is only me. I usually will avoid a square pattern or alter it to make it rectangle.


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    It all depends on the friend. How well do you like this person? If it is more of an acquaintance you had to make a quilt for, go with C. If you like them pretty well, go with A. If this is a person who would come to your rescue in the middle of the night, go with B.

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    I would go with B but I like the suggestion of GingerK.

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    Go for option B if it doesn't mess up your pattern too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cynicalbeauty View Post
    So I just made a baby quilt for a friend but do to fuzzy math. I made it 36x63. (4 blocks per row for 7 rows) so it it narrow and long. This whole time I thought I was making it 45x63. That's what happens when a woman with a degree in writing does math I guess. If you were me would you:

    a.) Remove a couple of rows to make it shorter.
    b.) Remove the rows and add them to the width to make the quilt square. (45x45)
    c.) Leave it the way it is.

    I don't have the option of adding another row to make it wider while leaving the length.
    36 is awfully narrow, but it would be really hand to fold in half and be nice and cushy
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    Thanks everyone. The recipient is an old friend from college. We haven't seen another since my wedding three years ago,but he was of the night rescuing variety at one point. I really like option D. I will have to see if have enough fabric left. Otherwise, I will make it square.

    Thanks again!

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Size:  1.68 MBIMHO, I would leave as is and have one larger Panel on side and put the childs name on it. ( if you know the name). Kids LOVE their names on their quilts. This quilt for my grandson was like yours, but adding his name on the side gave me the width and he loves it.
    Last edited by Gannyrosie; 08-26-2014 at 03:05 AM.

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    There are so many ways you can make it wider. You can remove rows and add larger lattice, or just add an extra border only on the sides. There are no rules do what ever you want. I actually do prefer a rectangle over a square. That's quite large for a baby quilt, hopefully it is not too babyish and they can use it for many years. Good luck!
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    I would pull a few rows off and add them to the back or make a pillow or a diaper bag or something. A square would be my second choice.
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    I would go for option B

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