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Thread: Quilt Patterns--help!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigsister63
    I also have a king size bed. I make twin/lap quilts about 73x90 and lay them across the top of the bed like a coverlet. I have a plain bedspread that will go with many colors of quilts so I can change the bed top as I make new quilts. I find that it is easier, cheaper and quicker to make twin size quilts.
    Wow what a good idea! There are a few quilts I like that would be perfect for doing the same thing and it would help with learning more styles of quilts. Then maybe later I could branch out to king size on a few special quilts. Outstanding idea bigsister63. Man I love this place!!

    Thank you bigsister :-D
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    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo
    Don't enlarge a block.
    Look at the block size and figure out how many more will be needed to get to King-sized.
    It may only be needed for width, quilt lengths are usually around 80" so if it's that or more on your pattern you'll just add blocks for width.
    The other thing not to do is add additional borders - will ruin the design. Rest assured, had the designer wanted more borders, she'd have included them.
    A woman after my own heart! LOL I agree that after thinking about it--I really am not ready to do "do the math" yet. Plus I think for this quilt, the extra borders would take away from the old fashioned feel of the quilt. There are other patterns I think would look nice with more or larger borders though.

    You know, after getting all this good imput--I think I'm ready to start this project. :-D

    Thank you so much,
    Sashing-Sarah709

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    Okay, I checked out photos of both patterns.

    LINE ART: The reason this pattern works so well for a large lap, twin, double or queen is that the width of the fabric is 42" and one full strip of 42" goes a good way across the bed type. To "convert" it to a king you'd need to piece each strip from two strips of the same fabric and trim it - now this is easy to do (especially if you're using two ready-made "jelly rolls"!) and has the added benefit that the leftover strips can be used for shams, throws or even a bed topper. (Bed topper? Think table runner for the foot of your bed - a "touch of quilt" as it were. They're usually about 24" wide and the width of a "properly fitted" bed quilt ... LOTS of leeway here for doing your own thing!) Also, for a beginner, this would be the "fix" with the least amount of cutting and assembly time and heartburn constructing it.

    NINE PATCH FONDANT: This would entail a LOT more sewing since the cutting, piecing and assembly is more complicated than LINE ART. If you are still set on a king-size quilt, then enlarge the blocks so you don't scare away your confidence or lose steam. I'd cut 12" squares of a lot of scraps, lay one "light" square on top of one "dark" or "medium" square and cut the pair at the same time into 9 equal (4x4) squares, then assemble the 9-patch blocks. For the setting triangles along the sides of the quilt and corner triangles (if they're used in this quilt), use this weblink for calculating the sizes to cut and the "how-to."
    http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltse...ngtriangls.htm

    BED TOPPERS: Go to your local library and request through the interlibrary loan program "Toppers" and "Toppers 2" by Nancy Smith and Lynda Milligan. Check out the patterns without buying the books. Lots fo fun stuff here, and not too complicated.

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    I've never done a quilt by a set pattern but I did run in to this problem with my short-arm at the last place I lived I could only have it twin sized and I have a king bed so I made two twin extra longs and put them together. I suppose it could work the same for you as long as you don't add the edging in the middle.
    Hope that helps, sounds very frustrating.

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