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    Question Scared of Jinny Beyer kit

    My grandson chose the Jinny Beyer kit DaVinci for his graduation quilt. I ordered a king size. The directions were written for the wall hanging. You have to do math calculations to figure out how many strips to cut and fit together. I am so scared to cut into this fabric and make a mistake that I have put off starting the quilt. I need to get it started!!!

    Any encouragement, motivation to jump in etc, would be greatly appreciated.

    Has anyone made this kit?
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    I haven't made it, so I won't be any help, but I wanted to sympathize with you. I had no idea when I started quilting how much math would be involved! Hurts my brain!
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    I have not made this quilt, but as the saying goes measure twice, cut once.

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    When I get into that type of situation, I will often just cut one set of strips at a time. Assemble all the blocks they make, and then cut more. Saves math, and you get a break from piecing when you have to go back and cut more strips provided, of course, that they at least provided the fabric requirements for the king size.

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    I haven't made it, but it's basically the same block repeated throughout the quilt - just more of them for the king-size quilt.
    (which is a lot easier than some of her other patterns with multiple blocks/designs).

    http://www.jinnybeyer.com/ax_commerc...01604AF07A4831

    Does it say anywhere how many blocks you need for the king size?

    **There is only one size sold. Where did you buy the kit from?
    Or did they just cut fabric for you?


    Looking at the picture, there are 4 blocks for 54" square quilt (incl border).
    So I'd guess there at least 16 blocks in the king size.
    Maybe even 25" for a 5x5 layout?

    Is the widest strip cut 5.5" or 3.5"? I'm thinking 3.5".
    Last edited by MTS; 10-24-2012 at 06:33 PM.

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    Bought the kit from Jinny B website, they just increased amount of fabric sent. Just reading the directions boggles my mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Needle View Post
    Just reading the directions boggles my mind.
    It's not really a difficult pattern, although it does require lots of seam matching.
    It's like a bargello quilt, you just have to take it slow, and keep your fabric organized.
    And the prep work is really important.
    She's done much more complicated patterns than this.

    While you can't post the pattern requirements, if you could just tell me the cut width size of the WIDEST fabric - it would be your lightest color - I can give you some better directions.

    According to the pattern page, JB used the GR to determine strip width, which is why I'm thinking it's 3" FINISHED (3.5" CUT), unless she improvised.
    5" just seems too big for the throw size.
    Last edited by MTS; 10-24-2012 at 08:03 PM.

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    just dig right in. i sometimes have to read my pattern 3 and 4 times before
    i get it. then maybe read it again.

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    As far as I can tell, the web site only lists the wall hanging pattern. If they agreed to sell you the fabric for a kingsize, perhaps they would also agree to enlarge the pattern for you??? It's worth a try.

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    What some times works for me is to read the directions and then I rewrite them in my own hand writting. Some times the writing process helps with the learning curve.....Draw pictures....figure out that one block will use one strip, then 12 blocks will use 12 strips....just take it one sentence at a time...YOU can do this, just take it one step at a time....
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    Dunster has a point. They should be able to provide you with the measurements and more complete directions. I'd call them and have them email the instructions. Surely someone in her shop has made that size, not just the wallhanging size, to determine the correct amount of fabric and to check the pattern for correctness. At the price of her kits, which I love, the directions for the size you ordered should be included.
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    Good luck with this beautiful pattern! I feel your math inspired pain!
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    You can download the pattern for free from their site as well, it's 7 pages long though. The measurements etc. for the cutting are given for the original size.

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    I think Krista has the right idea for you. You will be fine. Say a little prayer each time you work on it.
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    A friend of mine love, love, loves JB's quilts. When she has hit a snag she picks up the phone and asks questions. They are very helpful there. Good luck

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    I believe you repeat what you have in the wall hanging until you get the size you want. At least that is the impression I get from looking at her pattern for the Da Vinci bed runner.... that's just a row of the same pattern repeated over and over. Continue to add rows together to end up with the size quilt you want.
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    I would start with cutting what the pattern says and after you complete the first four blocks or center of quilt (not sure how pattern reads) then figure it out how much you need to cut or keep cutting and making center and attaching to you first center until you have width then start adding length. And last the borders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeckySt View Post
    I would start with cutting what the pattern says and after you complete the first four blocks or center of quilt (not sure how pattern reads) then figure it out how much you need to cut or keep cutting and making center and attaching to you first center until you have width then start adding length. And last the borders.
    This is good advice. Just go slowly and do the four blocks so that you're familiar with the rhythm of the sewing. it may be that you decide to use just the 4 blocks in a medallion fashion and build the quilt out from there. Building those first four will give you confidence to go forward.

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    Holy Toledo, Batman! That looks so intimadating to me! I had to go to Jinny Beyer's website to look at the pattern. I'm so
    impressed that you would even think of doing this! Please keep us posted.

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    I have done many JB quilt kits, and I have found that they have always given more than enough fabric to complete the top. So there should be extra for oops!! I also usually just cut out enough to make a block or two, to be sure that I have the right idea and techiques before I cut out the entire thing. Good Luck! Can't wait to see the finished quilt.
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    This may sound silly, but could you use some different fabric to make up a "sample" block before cutting into the "good" stuff? Depending on the size of the block, you could give him a coordinating 1 block throw pillow as a "pre graduation" or Christmas gift. The design is awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS View Post
    I haven't made it, but it's basically the same block repeated throughout the quilt - just more of them for the king-size quilt.
    (which is a lot easier than some of her other patterns with multiple blocks/designs).

    http://www.jinnybeyer.com/ax_commerc...01604AF07A4831

    Does it say anywhere how many blocks you need for the king size?

    **There is only one size sold. Where did you buy the kit from?
    Or did they just cut fabric for you?


    Looking at the picture, there are 4 blocks for 54" square quilt (incl border).
    So I'd guess there at least 16 blocks in the king size.
    Maybe even 25" for a 5x5 layout?

    Is the widest strip cut 5.5" or 3.5"? I'm thinking 3.5".
    I agree that you should figure out how many blocks you would need for the king size quilt and go from there. If you divide all the cutting directions by 4, you should know what you need for an individual block and then you're on your way!

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    I've made the small version of this and it's not a difficult quilt--in fact I taught a class on how to make it. The key is to keep the strip sets organized by width. If you are making the large (king), all you have to do is multiply all the cutting directions by 4. The king size is just four of the small size stitched together like a four patch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Needle View Post
    My grandson chose the Jinny Beyer kit DaVinci for his graduation quilt. I ordered a king size. The directions were written for the wall hanging. You have to do math calculations to figure out how many strips to cut and fit together. I am so scared to cut into this fabric and make a mistake that I have put off starting the quilt. I need to get it started!!!

    Any encouragement, motivation to jump in etc, would be greatly appreciated.

    Has anyone made this kit?
    The borders for this small quilt are 10-1/2". Subtract 20 from whatever measurement you want to make - I make kingsize quilts 108" square - so, in my case, that would be 88" square for the center. Divide that by 16-3/4 (finished block size) and you get 5-1/4. Five blocks square (25 total) would give you a center 83-3/4". With the borders as is, that would give you approximately 104" square. You can add half an inch to each of the three borders and end up with a 107" square quilt. So, by my calculations you need 25 blocks and the pattern calls for 4 blocks. You would need to cut the strips for the blocks as listed in the small size six times for 24 blocks, that leaves one block extra to make strips for.

    If I were you, I'd cut the strips for four blocks at a time. Make those four blocks and then back to the cutting table.

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