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    Hello all,
    I need some help please. I'm a pretty new quilter and I have a king size bed. Most patterns don't come in that size and I have no idea how to enlarge them.

    I found what looks like two great patterns that would be a nice next step up in Better Homes & Garden--Quilts and More--Winter 2010--page 82. It's a strip quilt called Line Art (by Holly Hickman). The second one is in McCall's America Loves Scrap Quilts--Winter 2010/11--called Nine-Patch Fondant. It soooo reminds me of my grandma's quilts--yum!

    I love both these quilts but I'm afraid to start either one since I don't know how to enlarge the patterns. Could someone please help? I've looked at the calculators . . . I think they're from a different planet! LOL

    Any help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated or you may see a bald quilter on here. :-D

    Thank you,
    Sashing-Sarah709

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    Sounds like one of the computer quilting programs is a neccesity in you future!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spinnergs
    Sounds like one of the computer quilting programs is a neccesity in you future!
    Ohhh I hope not. I'm fresh out of learning curves on computers and the quilt calculator was enough to make my head swim. There has to be some way to do this! LOL I'll just keep trying . . . doh!!!

    Thanks for your suggestion , :D
    Sashing-Sarah709

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    I'm no help, being pretty new to this whole thing myself, but I had to peak at the quilts! Love them both! I've been thinking of a twin quilt similar to the Line Art Quilt myself.

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    I am thinking the nine patch quilt would be the easier to enlarge. But I'm wondering if you would have to piece colored strips to get the desired effect on a king sized version of the line quilt? Just thinking "out loud." Someone will come along with some great advice!

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    Couldn't you just add another row of it across & down, to enlarge it? And you can always add more borders. See the size of the blocks they used, & the width of any borders, measure the bed, & go from there. I am not good quilt calculators either, but I just keep adding to a pattern, to enlarge it, or taking some away to make it smaller. Works for me!...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mollymct
    I'm no help, being pretty new to this whole thing myself, but I had to peak at the quilts! Love them both! I've been thinking of a twin quilt similar to the Line Art Quilt myself.
    Hi fellow newbie of the quilt world. Yea!!! I know what you mean--it's a great looking quilt! I've collecting pastel butterflies and flower prints to go with my white muslin. Well that is if I can figure out how darn many strips I need! LOL I'll show pics if I can get them done. :-D

    Sashing-Sarah709

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    you mainly want enough blocks to fit the top of the mattress. then borders to hang over a minimum of 14 inches. most patterns can be altered this way. you usually just need to make more blocks than the pattern suggests.

    is this the first one?
    http://myolivebranch.wordpress.com/2010/11/
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    http://www.mccallsquilting.com/mccal..._Patch_Fondant

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    you mainly want enough blocks to fit the top of the mattress. then borders to hang over a minimum of 14 inches. most patterns can be altered this way. you usually just need to make more blocks than the pattern suggests.

    is this the first one?
    http://myolivebranch.wordpress.com/2010/11/
    second
    http://www.mccallsquilting.com/mccal..._Patch_Fondant
    Yes this is the first quilt I've done from a pattern. I've only done two patchwork quilts otherwise without any patterns. Gulp . . . it's scary since I'm teaching myself at this point. :shock: LOL

    Wish me luck!
    Sashing-Sarah709

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    Quote Originally Posted by happymrs
    Couldn't you just add another row of it across & down, to enlarge it? And you can always add more borders. See the size of the blocks they used, & the width of any borders, measure the bed, & go from there. I am not good quilt calculators either, but I just keep adding to a pattern, to enlarge it, or taking some away to make it smaller. Works for me!...
    Thanks Nancy,

    Good advice. :-D I'm just nervous about doing that with either of these since it's an actual pattern rather than patchwork. I really don't want to get it messed up and like I said--the calculator results would've covered my whole city block! LOL I'm sure the calculator is fine...it's the operator that I wouldn't trust with an abacus!! LOL

    Thanks again,
    Sashing-Sarah709

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    You could draw it on graph paper. Scale it to (for example) one square for
    one inch and make it as big as you want your quilt to be. Make sense?
    I do it all the time on spreadsheet but when it's on point I would probably
    use graph paper.

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    add more blocks to make it the size you need.

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    Just a suggestion....make a small version of your quilt rather than jump into a king size as your first project. I have seen many beginners lose their confidence when tackling a large quilt so early on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy
    You could draw it on graph paper. Scale it to (for example) one square for
    one inch and make it as big as you want your quilt to be. Make sense?
    I do it all the time on spreadsheet but when it's on point I would probably
    use graph paper.
    this would be my advice also unless you can find someone with an EQ program that can help you.

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    I don't increase the block size, I increase the number of blocks. If a double asks for 30 blocks (5x6) and I want it larger, I go 8x9 making 72 blocks for the kingsize. I realize it sounds like alot more work, and it is. The other option is adding sashing between all your blocks,but, that tends to loose the effect of the pattern at times. This is just my method. Probably someone on here has an easier solution, so I'll be watching also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k9dancer
    Just a suggestion....make a small version of your quilt rather than jump into a king size as your first project. I have seen many beginners lose their confidence when tackling a large quilt so early on.
    I agree with k9dancer especially if this will be your first quilt.

    That being said - I would increase the number of blocks in the quilt to alter the size. Just a reminder, however, once you increase the size of your quilt, your borders will be longer and need more fabric. Good Luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy
    You could draw it on graph paper. Scale it to (for example) one square for
    one inch and make it as big as you want your quilt to be. Make sense?
    I do it all the time on spreadsheet but when it's on point I would probably
    use graph paper.
    Good idea. I'm going to play around with this. Thanks! :D

    Sashing-Sarah709

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    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.

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    the above suggestions to add a row, or blocks is the way to go...whenever i want to enlarge a quilt, i just another row, or two, to the side or bottoms, and yippee, there is a bigger quilt.........good luck with those two quilts, they are gorgeous.....gina

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterella
    I don't increase the block size, I increase the number of blocks. If a double asks for 30 blocks (5x6) and I want it larger, I go 8x9 making 72 blocks for the kingsize. I realize it sounds like alot more work, and it is. The other option is adding sashing between all your blocks,but, that tends to loose the effect of the pattern at times. This is just my method. Probably someone on here has an easier solution, so I'll be watching also.
    My thoughts exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k9dancer
    Just a suggestion....make a small version of your quilt rather than jump into a king size as your first project. I have seen many beginners lose their confidence when tackling a large quilt so early on.
    I've thought about your suggestion and I think your right. I'm going to make the quilt by the directions so I can see how that goes before I make changes. As you mentioned--it can be a deal breaker if you start a too advanced project when your a beginner. I started a crazy quilt two and half years ago and it's only 2/3 done. I found the instruction online and they touted just how fast and easy it was to make one. Wrong!!! Gerrrr.... The instructions assumed people using the pattern would already know all kinds of things from adding the quarter of an inch seam allowance and other things only an experience quilter would know. Gaw!!! Iíll finish it someday but right now Iím sick of working on it. :roll:

    Well thanks for your suggestions and thoughts. Nothing like listening to the voice of experience! :-D

    Sashing-Sarah709

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k9dancer
    Just a suggestion....make a small version of your quilt rather than jump into a king size as your first project. I have seen many beginners lose their confidence when tackling a large quilt so early on.
    I've thought about your suggestion and I think your right. I'm going to make the quilt by the directions so I can see how that goes before I make changes. As you mentioned--it can be a deal breaker if you start a too advanced project when your a beginner. I started a crazy quilt two and half years ago and it's only 2/3 done. I found the instruction online and they touted just how fast and easy it was to make one. Wrong!!! Gerrrr.... The instructions assumed people using the pattern would already know all kinds of things from adding the quarter of an inch seam allowance and other things only an experience quilter would know. Gaw!!! Iíll finish it someday but right now Iím sick of working on it. :roll:

    Well thanks for your suggestions and thoughts. Nothing like listening to the voice of experience! :-D

    Sashing-Sarah709

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    Take a class from your LQS. They may seem expensive but they will teach you the basics of quilting. You will save in the long and short run in time and mistakes that you make when trying to learn on your own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterella
    I don't increase the block size, I increase the number of blocks. If a double asks for 30 blocks (5x6) and I want it larger, I go 8x9 making 72 blocks for the kingsize. I realize it sounds like alot more work, and it is. The other option is adding sashing between all your blocks,but, that tends to loose the effect of the pattern at times. This is just my method. Probably someone on here has an easier solution, so I'll be watching also.
    This also sounds like good advice too. I tell ya, when I start add to this and then adding to that . . . I get sooo nervous! LOL I've had to add to clothing patterns before and boy it was a crap shoot if the garment would fit like I thought it would. LOL

    This is the nicest place on the earth with so many good folks. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions and help. Makes a newbie feel welcomed and ready to start the task ahead! :-D

    Sashing-Sarah709

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