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    Lap quilt questions

    My wife is busy making shopping bags for a BIG upcoming craft show in IN. I've been sticking the machines I've worked on in front of her so they'll get a work out. Yesterday she went from her old favorite 538 to a 4622. Today I put Mr. Crinkle in front of her. Mr. Crinkle is a 1938 Singer 99-18. She immediately griped because it's not a ZZ machine. Just can't satisfy some people. I told her I'd get her a ZZ to use.

    OK, I had an idea. For the craft show, I though I might put together a couple lap quilts. Not much time, but if I could get a couple made, it might be worth while.

    So my questions are:
    A: What is the normal size for a lap quilt?

    B: If the quilt was made from say 6" squares, with batting and a flannel backing and just simple quilting, what would a good reasonable price be?

    I know it's a lot to ask, but I don't know any body else to ask.

    Thanks,

    Joe

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    I try to make a lap quilt according to the size of a person...my son is 6 foot tall, so I made the quilt 6' long. I make them about 48" wide.

    Ok...spill the beans...which craft show is she doing in IN? Shipshewana? or Valpo popcorn fest? I do the shows in Indiana occasionally...mostly IL.
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

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    Like stitch in the ditch quilting? Even faster would be tieing them if they're denim etc. I don't tie quilts as I love the quilting process, but would make it easier and you could charge less for less time involved. Something to consider.

    I don't know what others do for lap quilt measurements, but we are small people in our household. I make them smaller than twin size, but larger than a crib. I think a general guideline would be around 50" X 72" plus or minus an inch or so. I usually let the quilt I'm making decide the final measurement and I can add to it if it's not large enough with a border.

    Most people say charge about 3X your material costs.

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    Susie,

    She's doing the Three Rivers Festival in Ft. Wayne this July.


    Joe

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    As mentioned, it depends on the lap. I use however wide the fabric is for the width (40-44?) and generally go for 60 in length if it's for a nap/couch size. If it is for senior lap quilts or wheelchairs, I do them 40X40 or however wide the fabric is squared. Flannel is a great fabric for the back because it keeps them from slipping off. As for price, it's hard to say. Small quilts or baby quilts are just not selling here even priced at $30 which just covers the supplies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Susie,

    She's doing the Three Rivers Festival in Ft. Wayne this July.


    Joe
    Hmmm...I'll have to look into that one. It's probably the same weekend I'm in LaGrange. Thanks...(What part of central IL are you in?)
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

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    The Three Rivers Festival for the crafters market is always the second full weekend in July. This year it is the 14th and 15th of July. They also have an antique market on the other side of the crafts at the same time. Then the festival runs till the next Sunday with other venues.

    We are in Springfield currently. Looking for a better place to live..LOL

    Elaine ^.-.^

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    The Three Rivers Festival for the crafters market is always the second full weekend in July. This year it is the 14th and 15th of July. They also have an antique market on the other side of the crafts at the same time. Then the festival runs till the next Sunday with other venues.

    We are in Springfield currently. Looking for a better place to live..LOL

    Elaine ^.-.^
    Thank you for the info...my show is the same weekend...that is probably why I never looked into the three rivers show.
    Nice chatting with you...
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

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    Joe, lap quilts are kinda all over the place, but I usually make them about 52x52...they are after all mostly throws for the couch. That's a good size...not too big, but big enough for 2 people sitting cheek to cheek to throw over themselves to watch TV.

    BTW, (waving) Hi, Elaine!! Nice to hear from you!! :-)

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    If you're looking for quick and easy, I'd go with rail fence. You can make the squares 12" and do a 48 x 60 . . . and use up all your scraps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArizonaKAT View Post
    If you're looking for quick and easy, I'd go with rail fence. You can make the squares 12" and do a 48 x 60 . . . and use up all your scraps.
    Rail fence? Please elaborate.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Rail fence? Please elaborate.

    Joe
    Here's a couple I made. If you stay at it should only take a day. If you want 12 inch blocks take four 3 1/2 inch stips, sew together and cut the strips into 12 1/2 inch blocks. Then lay them out and sew. that simple.
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    OK, now that looks interesting.

    Thanks,
    Joe

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    For the VA hospital, they want the lap robes to be 42"x54" for wheelchair patients. If not in a wheelchair, I would make it longer, 66"-72" and maybe 50 inches wide.

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    Why not try 10 Minute blocks? They make up super fast and 9 of them make a quilt about 58 x 58. Good size and really quick. Varying the color scheme changes the whole look of the quilt and you can a little fussy cut something in the middle when you fold it over.

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    Boy you can sure tell I'm not an experienced quilter. What are 10 Minute blocks?

    Joe

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    I make grands kids, size - 44/45 by 1 & 1/4 to 1/2 yds. also for naps at school on anywhere like grandma!
    Baby 44/45 by 1yd to 1 &1/4
    Adult reg. 44/45 by1 & 1/2, taller 1& 3/4 longest 2 yrds
    Wheel chair & sitting elderly 44/45 by 1 & 1 1/4 yds.

    I sew and tie them for quick and less expense wash & wear ( kids it is about the fabric -
    cartoon, tv shows, super heros, dogs, cats, firemen, army, dance, etc.
    special ones I will quilted.
    Good luck and have a great selling day!
    Last edited by sherian; 06-07-2012 at 08:36 PM.

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    Hi Joe,

    in reply to your question about the 10 minute block, have a look at these links:


    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...t-t190107.html

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...k-t190252.html

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...k-t118199.html

    Would you consider table runners? Here's an idea:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...r-t188325.html

    or even pot holders?

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...t-t175916.html

    My lap quilts are usually square shaped between 36" x 36" to 44" x44". I have made one that is 56" x 56". I think you need to decide what size and shape you think would be most saleable and take it from there.

    Hope this helps. Would be interested to know how you get on. Best wishes.
    Last edited by BizzieLizzie; 06-07-2012 at 10:18 PM.
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