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Thread: Yellow brick road quilt - how much fabric needed?

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    I'm so confused and I was going to order some fabric from Hancock's sale.... I want this to be for a queen sized bed, but also want it to hang down on the sides - so maybe figuring a king size would be more what I'd need.... I guess I don't need to know EXACTLY right now, just an idea so I can start ordering! ;) (Yes, I did just buy a ton of fat quarters at a LQS, but after I bought a piece of batik at JoAnn's tonight I realized that I must do this mainly in batik if I'm to be super happy with it - and this Hancock sale has some that I must have!!)

    I don't have the yellow brick road pattern yet - can anyone tell me about how many yards of how many different types of fabric I might need? I would be sooooo appreciative!! :-D

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    I'm sorry - I've been asking too many questions!!

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    Well, I now have 10 yds that I can use. I hope I chose well!!!! :shock:

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    I have the patttern, so I checked it out for you. :)

    For a Queen Size, finished size, 93" x 102". Needs 30 fat quarters of your choice., 2-7/8 yd. for border and binding and 8-1/2 yds. for the backing.

    For the King Size, finished size 120" x 120" you need 48 fat quarters of your choice, 3-1/2 yds. for backing and binding and 10-5/8 yds. for backing.

    Hope this helps you.

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    Ok, dumb question - is a fat quarter actually a quarter yard? I'm trying to figure out exactly how much more fabric I'd need since I ordered yardage.... and I'm just thinking about the top/border/binding since I'd probably run back to Hancocks of Paducah (w/the free shipping!)....

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    btw - thank you!!! :D

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    No a fat quarter is half of a half yard - or 18" x 22".

    Here goes: 1 yard of fabric consists of 36" x WOF (Width of fabric)

    When you buy a yard of fabric, you get 36" x approx. 42-44". Fabric on the bolt is usually folded in half. The clerk measures out the 36" for the length but you also get the width portion which is approx. 42-44"

    If you purchased 1/2 yard of fabric, which is 18" long, the width is still approx. 42"-44" wide.

    Take a half yard, fold it in half, usually by the crease that the fabric has from the bolt, and cut it there. Now you have 2 pieces, or 2 fat quarters.

    I am sure there is a tutorial somewhere, if you look on the Main Menu for Tutorials on this quilt board, you will find, hopefully a picture illustration.

    Now just because the pattern calls for 30 fat quarters, you will ALSO have to purchase separate fabric for the binding and borders and separate fabrics for the backing. Then you have to get the batting to sandwich your quilt when you are finished.

    Best thing to do is to go to your LQS and ask them about "what a fat quarter is". I am the type of person that I have to see it to catch on.

    Hope this helps. And please, don't give up, it is easier than you think!
    The pattern you have chosen is easy too. :-)

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    I think I get it - like cutting a yard like + ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by katsewnsew
    No a fat quarter is half of a half yard - or 18" x 22".
    A quarter is a quarter is a quarter. The only difference is a fat quarter is a yard cut in half selvedge to selvedge and then lengthwise. Regular quarter yards are all cut selvedge to selvedge. They have exactly the same amount of square inches.

    The difference is you can get squares from 10 inches up to 18 inches from a fat quarter but not a regular quarter. But you can only get strips up to 22 inches long from a fat quarter.

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    Where can I find the pattern for the Yellow Brick Road?

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    Do a search. Atkinsons put out the pattern, but you can purchase it from lots of quilt shops

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Quote Originally Posted by katsewnsew
    No a fat quarter is half of a half yard - or 18" x 22".
    A quarter is a quarter is a quarter. The only difference is a fat quarter is a yard cut in half selvedge to selvedge and then lengthwise. Regular quarter yards are all cut selvedge to selvedge. They have exactly the same amount of square inches.

    The difference is you can get squares from 10 inches up to 18 inches from a fat quarter but not a regular quarter. But you can only get strips up to 22 inches long from a fat quarter.
    A quarter yard (9" x WOF) and a fat quarter (18" x 1/2 WOF) may have the same square inches, but some patterns, the Yellow Brick Road for example, need the width of the 18" in order to cut the strip widths needed for the blocks.

    That said - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! The Yellow Brick Road Pattern. Fat quarters are so easy to collect and use for this pattern. This quilt looks different every time you make it. Iíve even cut the strips half the size called for to make a table topper (a little math involved) and one baby quilt I set the blocks on point. The only pattern I've made more than once and look forward to making the next one. A scrappy version done in the local high school colors (It's cold at the soccer games :lol: ).

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    Keepsake Quilting has the yellow brick pattern. They have a catalog and you can also go on line and order it.keepsakequilting.com

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    Classic pattern and a great, impressive easy pattern!

    For the fabric requirements for all quilt sizes, you can see the back of the pattern on our website. Click on this link and then "enlarge" under the picture, scroll to the second picture. The pattern was updated in '07 so make sure you have the updated pattern if using these fabric requirements:

    http://www.quilt-kits-online.com/pro...hp?prod=ATK126

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    I have this pattern and will sell for $3 plus postage, probably less than a dollar? I haven't used this pattern but will share instead but there is the copyrighted law to contend with.....

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    Cindy made the YBR a few years ago using Hoffman Bali batiks and TT Tonga batiks. It was really pretty:

    [img]http://www.quilt-kits-online.com/pro...ybrbalimed.gif[/img]

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    I am new to Quilting and just wanted to say thanks this was a great explanation and answered my questions completely. Now working on my first quilt which is the yellow brick road pattern. THANKS AGAIN!

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    It is not a freebie so you can purchase it online or maybe on eBay or this board. I have the pattern and I can't find it. I have my EQ instructions. You just will have to recalculate on the cutting of the fabric. Pattern consist of 4 or 5 different shapes. It will tell you how many of which size you need to cut from each fabric. Buy the pattern and it will all make sense. I have made one along with a lot of other member who have posted pictures of their quilts. Just post as many question as you fell necessary and will be happy to help you. Yes, Hancock does have some really nice batiks on sale !! GOOD LUCK !!
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    Love this pattern, have had it for years and STILL can't figure it out! Duh! I just for the life of me can't see how the blocks go together. Have to have DH look at it and "talk me through it". (He's an engineer and can see complex patterns - not that YBR is complex - while I can't. I see colors better).

    Oh well...

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    To work out how much fabric my method. I have drawn a quilt shape with number of blocks to make size I want.
    Then I will make one block to the required size. Now all you have to do is multiply by the number of blocks and work out how much fabric for each. So very easy. I also add little extra incase I make a mess.
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    Quote Originally Posted by ILoveToQuilt View Post
    Love this pattern, have had it for years and STILL can't figure it out! Duh! I just for the life of me can't see how the blocks go together. Have to have DH look at it and "talk me through it". (He's an engineer and can see complex patterns - not that YBR is complex - while I can't. I see colors better).

    Oh well...

    Anita
    Anita, if you like the look of the Yellow Brick Road, but you find the instructions confusing (which I did, but I was "changing too many things"), you might google Two Slice Layer Cake quilt pattern. That should take you to Missouri Quilt Company, where they have a tutorial that makes a quick quilt that looks very much like the YBR. It starts with a Layer Cake (42 ten inch squares), but I have made it just with fabric and it works that way too. In fact, let me see if I can find a picture.

    Okay, I found two pictures. The first is with a layer cake, and the second is with five fabrics. Perhaps this pattern might be one that you might like, if you are after a YBR look.

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    Thanks, Dina! Your quilts are beautiful. I especially like the brown one (I am partial to earth tones). Thanks for the suggestions on the tutorial. Will definitely check it out. Thanks again! I am still going to have my DH decipher the YBR pattern for me, however...he needs to be more involved in my quilting, than just cleaning my machine! LOL

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