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    I am making a king size bed topper for friends. and the bed size mattress is 78length x 76 width . I do not have a bed to lay it on here ;(:(>> so going blind.. I imagine it to go down a couple of inches over the edge of the bed.. and account for machine quilting as well. The drop of the bed is 14 inches.. which may or may not even matter.. How big would you go? I almost want to go to a bed store and lay this on top lOL>

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    I would go five inches on each side over the edge. That gives a nice amount of room when someone in under it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marjpf
    I would go five inches on each side over the edge. That gives a nice amount of room when someone in under it.
    Oh I never thought of that.. I suspect these people will fold it down at night. SO your saying add 5 more inches to the 78 x 76 and be done. ... How much to allow for machine quilting how does one know how much that will shrink up?

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    I don't know exactly how you want this to sit on the bed, but a measurement I have for a King size quilt would be approx 100 x 92. I think you need to go bigger.

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    for a bed I always like to make it so it hangs down 12 inches on all sides. I would go bigger. I would say at least figure an inch loss when quilting with a full overall quilting pattern. I would say 104X104

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    maybe I am not clear I am making a TOPPER .. it will go over a plain black bedspread just on top but has to go to the edges and a couple inches down.. NOT A king quilt all the way to the sides.. I like them cuz you can have a black bed add color with the topper and seasons too.

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    OKay so now I have 70 x 74 inches done and the king mattress size is 76 x 80 which means i need 6 inches minimum....to meet that requirement but I do want to go down about three inches on the sides and allow for machine quilting.
    I have one last border fabric to do ..( with the circles) do you think I can make a 9 inch border or would that be wierd? I think it would allow it to sit well on the bed too. and not worry . I have never done a border that wide I have a picture of it placed there not sewn.. Help please.
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    I meant to say 78 x 76.. on the king size top mattress measurments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janice4
    I am making a king size bed topper for friends. and the bed size mattress is 78length x 76 width . I do not have a bed to lay it on here ;(:(>> so going blind.. I imagine it to go down a couple of inches over the edge of the bed.. and account for machine quilting as well. The drop of the bed is 14 inches.. which may or may not even matter.. How big would you go? I almost want to go to a bed store and lay this on top lOL>
    This sounds terrible but are your friends thin or are they like most people and have a little extra padding? My hubby's family are all rather large people (we're talking 250-300+) so when I make lap quilts or bed quilts, I need to take into account that I will need to make the drap over the bed much larger than normal. Otherwise, when they climb under it, it draws up and they get a draft. :oops:


    I'm a bit confused. You won't quilt it? Wouldn't the edges fray and come undone after it gets handled?

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    Quote Originally Posted by janice4
    OKay so now I have 70 x 74 inches done and the king mattress size is 76 x 80 which means i need 6 inches minimum....to meet that requirement but I do want to go down about three inches on the sides and allow for machine quilting.
    I have one last border fabric to do ..( with the circles) do you think I can make a 9 inch border or would that be wierd? I think it would allow it to sit well on the bed too. and not worry . I have never done a border that wide I have a picture of it placed there not sewn.. Help please.
    First, you did a lovely job here. Kudos.

    Second, I like the appearance of the 9" border you laid this on. Nice. And I believe it will work well.

    I've been quilting a long time, but I had never heard of a "topper". I like the idea. Does this mean that the people you are making it for will not use it to sleep under? I think that is how some of us are confused. The quilting will likely take up a little bit, but if you plan for a 9" border, you should be okay on the drop. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    I don't know exactly how you want this to sit on the bed, but a measurement I have for a King size quilt would be approx 100 x 92. I think you need to go bigger.
    I have a king size bed, and you need to go bigger.

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    I use a "topper" on my king size (really I use a queen that I love)
    When you make the bed you put your standeard king size blanket on and then for decoration you put a smaller bed spread on.
    This works out for me and hubby ad he likes a really heavy blanket and I like a thin one, so he takes the kings size heavy one and I take the queen.

    I think that the op is talking about making a quilt that is not meant to cover the king size plus drape. It is meant to go over the top and cover another blanket that is already in use on the bed.

    To the op, I think that the border will look really nice and give you that extra that you are needing

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbbyQuilts
    I use a "topper" on my king size (really I use a queen that I love)
    When you make the bed you put your standeard king size blanket on and then for decoration you put a smaller bed spread on.
    This works out for me and hubby ad he likes a really heavy blanket and I like a thin one, so he takes the kings size heavy one and I take the queen.

    I think that the op is talking about making a quilt that is not meant to cover the king size plus drape. It is meant to go over the top and cover another blanket that is already in use on the bed.

    To the op, I think that the border will look really nice and give you that extra that you are needing
    Yes you understand ;)>> sorry my explanation was off.... there is a king size bedspread /quiltwhatever underneath this is the decoration quilt on the top and since the under one is black it shows of the quilt nicely. I have a couple for my bed...this allows me to change the decor in my rom in a heartbeat ;) It has no bearing on what you sleep under at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OdessaQuilts
    Quote Originally Posted by janice4
    OKay so now I have 70 x 74 inches done and the king mattress size is 76 x 80 which means i need 6 inches minimum....to meet that requirement but I do want to go down about three inches on the sides and allow for machine quilting.
    I have one last border fabric to do ..( with the circles) do you think I can make a 9 inch border or would that be wierd? I think it would allow it to sit well on the bed too. and not worry . I have never done a border that wide I have a picture of it placed there not sewn.. Help please.
    First, you did a lovely job here. Kudos.

    Thank you ;)>>. I will forge forward ;)>> appreciate the comments and help

    Second, I like the appearance of the 9" border you laid this on. Nice. And I believe it will work well.

    I've been quilting a long time, but I had never heard of a "topper". I like the idea. Does this mean that the people you are making it for will not use it to sleep under? I think that is how some of us are confused. The quilting will likely take up a little bit, but if you plan for a 9" border, you should be okay on the drop. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiffany
    Quote Originally Posted by janice4
    I am making a king size bed topper for friends. and the bed size mattress is 78length x 76 width . I do not have a bed to lay it on here ;(:(>> so going blind.. I imagine it to go down a couple of inches over the edge of the bed.. and account for machine quilting as well. The drop of the bed is 14 inches.. which may or may not even matter.. How big would you go? I almost want to go to a bed store and lay this on top lOL>
    This sounds terrible but are your friends thin or are they like most people and have a little extra padding? My hubby's family are all rather large people (we're talking 250-300+) so when I make lap quilts or bed quilts, I need to take into account that I will need to make the drap over the bed much larger than normal. Otherwise, when they climb under it, it draws up and they get a draft. :oops:


    I'm a bit confused. You won't quilt it? Wouldn't the edges fray and come undone after it gets handled?

    They will be getting under thier king size bedspread like normal no drafts...and this lays on top just over the edge of the bed as a topper decoration quilt.. showcasing the quilt. Yes it will be quilted.. I'm afraid I didn't make this very clear perhaps i will photogragh the one I have on my bed.

    OKay here is a TOPPER... goes on top of what I already have , a black quilted thin bedspread to change the look of the room easily. I also have a wall hanging in the colors of the quilt that my mom made for me.
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    This shows the placement of the TOPPER it goes just a few inches down the side of the bed.
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    Here's what happens when you want a change.. put on anther TOPPER and change the room ;) I hope this makes sense now. I really thought this was a good idea when my mom and i thought of it.. In the victorian days they did this with smaller ones it can also be used so it hangs diagonally across the bed as well like a big diamond on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    Good info here thank you... I will use this chart when making a full size bed quilt ;)

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    That is beautiful! The fabric and colors make it look very vibrant and rich.

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    Taht is a really neat idea and something I never thought of. Would be a good way to change the decor without going all out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cande
    Taht is a really neat idea and something I never thought of. Would be a good way to change the decor without going all out.
    Yeah exactly ;)>> I plan to do a christmas one this year too !!

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    Oooh, I love the quilt hanging on your wall!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiffany
    Oooh, I love the quilt hanging on your wall!!!!
    Thanks..it is a bargello my mom made .........her first had trouble not accurate and she wanted to toss it I claimed it ;)> no one but her will know. ...what is wrong .

    Mom made this one when she was 78 , her first bargello
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    I love this idea and your topper is beautiful too!!! :D:D:D

    I think the amount of shrinkage after quilting is going to depend on how much quilting you are planning on doing. A SID won't shrink the top as much as heavier quilting will :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I love this idea and your topper is beautiful too!!! :D:D:D

    I think the amount of shrinkage after quilting is going to depend on how much quilting you are planning on doing. A SID won't shrink the top as much as heavier quilting will :wink:
    Thank you my topper was made by my mom. I love your quote BTW !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by janice4
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I love this idea and your topper is beautiful too!!! :D:D:D

    I think the amount of shrinkage after quilting is going to depend on how much quilting you are planning on doing. A SID won't shrink the top as much as heavier quilting will :wink:
    Thank you my topper was made by my mom. I love your quote BTW !!
    Yes I agree. I am not a fan of stitch in ditch though.. and will have to allow for more shrinkage.. I can see great things on this star quilt.I know the gal I use will do a fabulous job as always. .

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