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Thread: Are your quilts smaller?

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    Are your quilts smaller?

    I was working on an double irish chain this week and debated whether I should make a lap size or a twin coverlet as I planned on. Thought about trying to save a little $$ and make a lap size instead but decided to go with my original plan and make the coverlet. Has this economy changed the size of quilt you create?

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    It has not changed what size I make but certainly has effected what I make. I have been working from my very small stash and it is not too bad. I have a lot of fat quarter size pieces and some smaller. Makes and interesting challenge
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    Its not the economy. Everyone has large quilts I've made. DH doesn't like as much weight as I do. A smaller quilt on my side is just right. DD and family have several nap size that they use in the living room (no snuggies in that household). I remember years ago a magazine article whose author was grumbling about odd size quilts, now they've become the norm.
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    No, it hasn't changed the size of quilts I make. Most of the ones I make are for gifts or fundraisers and queen size at least. But I am using more from my stash nowadays. I don't go out and buy fabrics for each new quilt any more, unless I just need one more to complete the look I'm trying to get. But it's working well for me because I like the scrappy look best and I'm also using up fabrics I've had for a long time.
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    I try to make at least a queen size quilt. All my family use fleece blankets to snuggle in while watching tv so they don't need lap size quilts.
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    No it hasn't cause I have quite a stash. But what has changed the size of the quilts I am making is a new mattress. With them being deeper, they need to be wider to cover at least the top mattress. Last year I actually pulled out 7 quilt tops in the closet and enlarged them with borders.

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    It definitely has!!!
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    Yes, definitely. I am making smaller quilts and using lesser quality fabrics. Unfortunately my donation quilt number is down too. Partially becasue they are more finnicky about quilt quality fabric and the actual quilting. Batting and cost of it is becoming a big factor too.
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    I dont make as many...I am however doing queens right now for each of my sons and myself. Other than that I have cut way back on sewing.....

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    My stash has, so I guess yes. I'm trying to use up my stash and I didn't buy enough and now can't find the fabric when i get to the borders so I have left borders off a few.
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    I'm making about the same amount of the same sizes (queen or better) that I have for the last several years. However, I am investing more stash on pet comforts at this particular time; we are getting a new spay/neuter office here and I'm trying to help.
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    I prefer to make smaller quilts. Easier to handle and quilt on my DM. I do mostly baby quilts and lap quilts, table toppers and runners.
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    I make lap size, "cuddle" quilts. I've made some twin size, but I like a square quilt about 50" to 60" square. Easier to quilt, takes less time and I can move on to the next project sooner.
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    I had made so many big quilts over the years that the last several I went smaller. Now I make them on a more personal basis. I've also been in a big finish the ufo project last year and this. When I do any fabric shopping in the future, you can be sure it will be for specific projects. They will probably be smaller too.
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    Most of my quilts are the size that I can comfortably free motion quilt on my regular sewing machine. Anything bigger, gets tied.

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    I have been making mine bigger due to requests...I have been making borders with left over materials from my blocks. They come out great...I agree with the mattress size is an issue...I am also thinking of trying to make a few larger since they no longer cover the mattress. I am trying not to buy any fabric this year...using only my stash so this also makes me more creative in my thinking. Its actually quite fun and using materials that I would not normally use for my project.


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    I have always made mostly lap sized quilts. I find they get more use from my family if they can be used while watching TV. I rarely resize a pattern. I just make it the size that is called for. The economy hasn't changed the size that I make, but I do dip into my stash a lot more rather than buying new which is not a bad thing.

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    When first learning to quilt small is better. You can learn alot of different blocks and you can quilt them on your sewing machine.
    I have only made a few large bed sized quilts and sent them out for quilting. No storage room for them either.
    A friend of mine has an extra bed she uses to stack all her bed sized quilts on but I dont have an extra bed that dosnt get used so cant store them that way.
    I much prefer making smaller quilts anyway.

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    I make quilt tops, but i come from a tall family so what i consider lap size might be 5' X 6'.
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    Quite the opposite , I am making bigger quilts. They take longer ( less frequency to the LQS) , and are more likely to be used. My issue has always been , that I can not get out of a LQS with out spending at least $70.00. When I make projects that take longer , I have no need to go to the LQS.

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    Most of my quilts are probably between a twin and a double in size. We use them for snuggling in the family room. Our beds have down comforters, so I haven't made quilts to use on the bed, although in a guest room I do have one folded in half at the bottom of the bed. I have made lots for toddlers that can be easily dragged around. I also get great joy in using up my stash.
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    This year I am doing mostly blocks to fine-tune my piecing skills. I am also working on smaller projects. Most of my projects are being worked from stash fabric with a piece purhcased here and there to fill a color or shade void. I am also purchasing replacement fabric to maintain a workable stash.
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    doesn't matter if i'm working from my stash/ scraps/ or buying fabric i always (try) to make at least queen sized quilts- i have a really difficult time making smaller quilts- i do not know the reason for this (affliction) but if i have a request for something smaller than a queen i find it horribly difficult to get it done. i need to find a way out of this (phobia) smaller certainly go to gether faster- and do not take as much $$ or effort (well---effort for me is ten times more on smaller) but that is what i need to work on i guess....the economy has caused me to look more to my stash (that and the fabric moratorium that says---no spending till november )
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    The economy has not changed the size quilts that I make. I am quilting myself on my regular sewing machine doing FMQ and there is only so much that I can handle quilting. Mostly I make lap size quilts. I would like to make a super king size quilt for our bed but that one I will have to send out to a LA. One nice thing about lap size quilts is that all the grandkids (8 of them) can have their own snuggle tv blankets. I can also finish up more of them. I also try to work from my stash but when there is a good sale......it is soooo hard to resist. Who couldn't use more fabric!

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    I have so much fabric stash that I don't have to worry about making quilts smaller. My goal this year is to sew up as much of my stash as I can.

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