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    yardage question

    I am wanting to make a king size quilt and am trying to figure out how much yardage I will probably need. for just the top. what would you guys say? 10 yards or so? maybe?
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    Well it depends on the pattern you are doing. So if there are a lot of seams, you will need to have more fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn View Post
    Well it depends on the pattern you are doing. So if there are a lot of seams, you will need to have more fabric.
    Cyn is correct. It depends on your pattern that you eventually select.
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    it is very very simple seams. it is basically a jelly roll pattern. sew a few strips together than cut them into squares and then 4 triangles then sew back together into 2 squares. basically. just wondering about the average yardage for king size quilts.
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    it can be anywhere from 5 yards to 15 yards- or more- it depends on the pattern you are using- which should help you figure the yardage requirements. if you are designing your quilt without a pattern I recommend sketching it out on graph paper- to meet the size requirements then you can figure out blocks sizes, how many needed & do the math. remember to add in 1/2" seam allowance for each block-if you come up with a pattern & need help with the math we can help with that- I am currently planning a new bargello quilt which needs 20 different fabrics- 3/4 yards of 18 of them- 3 yards of one & 2 1/2 yards of one...makes a queen....comes out to 19 yards of fabric.
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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...d-t223959.html the fourth picture peckish's post near the bottom on the first page is the pattern I am wanting to do. I have made a throw from a similar pattern but was just wondering about how much yardage a king would take.
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    I am sorry not to be able to help. But one must know the pattern, the block size and total exact size of the finished quilt. While that fourth quilt may have been made from jelly rolls it appears to have very specific color values in it. . So to me your question is almost impossible to answer with any degree of accuracy and would require much time to calculate.

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    If you go online, Google "images for yardage chart for quilts. There are several charts you can pull up to answer your question. The book, All in One Quilter's Reference Book, should help you, too. Good luck.

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    If you made a throw from a similar pattern then just multiply the amount of yardage by the number of throws it would take to make the size you want. For instance if the throw was 40x60 it would take about 4 to do a queen size and 5 for a king.

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    On one of my cheat sheets just for the backing of a 106 X 95 quilt size it calls for 8 5/8 yards. This is just for the backing so figure your pattern cutting it into your pattern for each color used and then buy extra just in case! Choose your pattern it will say in the instructions.
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    depends on the pattern and sashing and if you want to include the border. quiltville.com has a chart. whatever the chart says by an extra 6-12 inches in yardage for each piece. You need to allow for shrinkage. I always pre-wash.

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    Here's my answer.


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    Okay, seriously....

    We can reverse engineer this. For my quilt (the one the OP is referring to) I used 3 jelly rolls; 1 neutral and 2 colored. I ended up with fifty-six 13" blocks, and when I finally get it assembled, my quilt will be 91"x104", which is a little small for a king but might work for you.

    A jelly roll (40 strips x 2.5" wide) is a total of approximately 2.75 yards. So if you want to make the same kind of quilt as mine, with the same color placement, you will want 2.75 yards of light fabric and 5.5 yards of colored fabric. You can always round up for "just in case" and/or if you want an additional row of blocks.

    Hope that helps!

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    A similiar pattern in jelly roll dreams by ?...... It is more colourful and has spinners in centre of blocks . If you can find the book it would give you idea of quantity required in number of jelly rolls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
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    Now that's the best way to do it

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    thanks peckish. that helped a ton. love the pic too. now to get the light colored fabric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sahm4605 View Post
    I am wanting to make a king size quilt and am trying to figure out how much yardage I will probably need. for just the top. what would you guys say? 10 yards or so? maybe?
    There is no exact size for a king sized quilt, but roughly it's 108 x 108 for a big king. That' 3 yards long amd 3 yards wide, finished, but that won't do you any good since we don't know your pattern,+
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandy l View Post
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    All depend on the pattern your will do. Each pattern has different pieces to it.

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    I would really need to know what pattern I would use before I could figure out how much fabric I would need.

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    A quick, loose-math way to estimate is by the total yardage of the desired quilt size. For example, a standard king size is 120" x 120". That would be 3.33 yards long (or wide); it would take 3 lengths of 40" wide fabric (3 x 3.33) for a total of 10 yards---without allowing for seams, squaring of fabric, etc. As has already been stated, the more seams in the pattern, the more fabric required. I would be uncomfortable with less than 11 yards total and would probably start with 12 for a king size just because lots of 'fudging' room is nice!

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    I am holding in my hand a quilters' yardage chart prepared by Quilter's Newsletter. I keep one in my wallet also. They recommend for a king, 100 by 92, 8 yards of fabric and 1 yard for binding. You'll need to add more yardage if your quilt is larger than above.

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