Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Size of quilt block >

Size of quilt block

Size of quilt block

Old 08-25-2018, 04:03 AM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
Monale's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 930
Default Size of quilt block

I am not normally following patterns but making up my own, so I don't think I've ever paid attention to this as it never really mattered... But now I want to include a block from a pattern into a quilt I'm currently designing and I'm suddenly not sure of the following:

When saying that an instruction gives an e.g. 8" block, does that mean the finished block in a quilt will be 8" or will it be 8" minus the seam allowances (i.e. 7.5")?
Monale is offline  
Old 08-25-2018, 04:19 AM
Junior Member
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Valley City, OH
Posts: 200

Normally it would be cut 8 1/2 to make a finished block of 8".
Sewgood is offline  
Old 08-25-2018, 04:20 AM
QuiltnNan's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: western NY formerly MN, FL, NC, SC
Posts: 51,433

generally, a block described as an 8" block would be the finished size of the block. for the best info, see what the instructions give you. perhaps, make a test block.
Nancy in western NY
before you speak T.H.I.N.K. T is it True? H is it Helpful? I is it Inspiring? N is it Necessary? K is it Kind?
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.
QuiltnNan is offline  
Old 08-25-2018, 10:43 AM
SewTrini's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: MD
Posts: 5

What is important are the words 'cut size and finished size'. Cut size includes the seam allowance and finished size one needs add seam allowance.

SewTrini is offline  
Old 08-25-2018, 12:19 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 4,782

Read through the instructions to figure it out. Maybe there's an alternate solid square and the cut and finished sizes are given for that one. Usually if you read through to where the entire block is pieced, it will tell you there what the size of that one completed block is before it is sewn to other blocks.
JustAbitCrazy is offline  
Old 08-27-2018, 09:09 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: California, USA
Posts: 1,302

Sometimes they really don't say whether it is a finished size or not. Then the best thing to do is make a sample.

I used to think that if they didn't say, that it was automatically the size of the block finished. Unfortunately, sometimes that was not the case. Now, I make a sample block just to make sure which it is. When you get enough sample blocks, you can put them together to make a small quilt.
mac is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Elizabeth Sly
11-14-2010 07:19 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.