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merryj 02-27-2021 04:49 AM

increase pattern size
I have a pattern for a quilt that measures 54 X 54 and is made with 6 inch blocks. How would I go about increasing the size so I can make the blocks and overall quilt larger.

Julienm1 02-27-2021 04:54 AM

I see two options. Either make the block larger OR just make more blocks. Do you know how large you want the finished quilt to be? If just a LITTLE larger, what about additional boarders?

cjsews 02-27-2021 05:27 AM

Remember if you are increasing the block size, adjust the size of the finished pieces and add the seam allowance to that

Julienm1 02-27-2021 05:45 AM

Such an important detail. Thank you!

DebLuvsQuiltng 02-27-2021 05:47 AM

Can you post block name or a picture? Many blocks are published in multiple sizes. Since you have a 6 inch block. As mentioned by JulienM1, 180 blocks would give you a nice 72x90 inch quilt.

SusieQOH 02-27-2021 05:58 AM

I do this a lot. Some patterns are just too small for my liking so I make more blocks and/or borders.

DebLuvsQuiltng 02-27-2021 06:01 AM

I agree SusieQOH. Quilts get a lot more use if the are long enough and wide enough. Even for children, the will outgrow them!

sewingpup 02-27-2021 06:06 AM

I love the patterns and books that give multiple sizes. I know I could do the math, but it so nice to the calculations already done. Hint Hint! It is true that sometimes what is an added draw to a particular book or pattern is just that!

SusieQOH 02-27-2021 06:08 AM

Oh yes, I love patterns with multiple sizes!

oksewglad 02-27-2021 07:10 AM

Also an important thing to remember is as you increase size you increase fabric needed. In a 7 x 9 setting (63 blocks) if you increase block number say one block on the side and one on the bottom you increase the number of blocks by 17 over 25% and would need that much extra fabric.

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