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Date: 8/19/13 9:45 PM

I NEED to make my 17 yr old a quilt before she goes to college. She would like it to be twin size and I would line it to be easy. This would be my first quilt. I google quilts and quilts patterns but they can get complicated and I don't really understand the sizing/fabric amounts.

I was thinking rather that try my hand either a
1. Jelly roll
2. Charm pack
3. Desert pack
4. Layer cake

But what I don't get is how many packs of X do I buy?

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Date: 8/19/13 10:25 PM

My advice would be to check out all the quilt shops in your area. When you find one where you like the quilts on display & the fabric in the store talk to them about what you should make. I went to a lovely quilt store years ago, liked the fabric but all of the quilts consisted of very tiny pieces with lots of angles. I did eventually find a nice easy book of nine patch patterns & the staff assisted me in picking out the fabric in the quantities I needed for the unlisted size.

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Date: 8/19/13 10:49 PM

My first quilt was a log cabin from Eleanor Burns' "Log Cabin Quilt in A day."

It tells you exactly how much fabric to buy for each print/color for the size you are making.

You follow the directions for cutting, sewing, arranging, and sewing. and there are several ways to back it.

I taught this class to groups for several years and most agreed it was like magic to suddenly have a quilt.

Julia's suggestion is great, too, and you would have support.

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Date: 8/20/13 8:24 AM

My first quilt was Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day too. Easy and straight lines and cuts. Google it.

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Date: 8/20/13 8:40 AM

I would go to the library and find a book on simple quilts. Most libraries can request it from another library if they don't have one.

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Date: 8/20/13 9:13 AM

Here is some info on quilt sizes.

If you decide to use a standard pre-cut, just remember that you need to account for 1/2" seam allowance (1/4" each side).

A jelly roll is 2.5" width of fabric strips
a charm pack is 5" squares
a layer cake is 10" squares
I can't remember what the dessert pack is.
Most of the pre-cuts come in packs of 42, but make SURE you double check!

The simplest thing would be to use layer cakes and just sew them together as is. Since they are the largest pre-cut you will need less of them.

For a twin X-Long you'd need 2 layer cakes to make your quilt 8 rows by 10 rows.

To use a charm pack and just sew the squares together as is you'd need 15x21 rows, so you'd need 8 charm packs.

I can't remember the jelly roll sizes if you just sew them together as is, but lots of people here make jelly roll race quilts, and hopefully someone will let you know how the dimensions!


Suggested Bed-size Quilt Dimensions

These dimensions include a 15" drop on the sides and bottom of the quilt. No extra length is included for a pillow tuck. These sizes are designed for use with a dust ruffle. Quilting, if moderate to heavy, may reduce the finished size of your quilt by 1" to 3" or more and should be considered when planning the finished size of your quilt.

Twin 68" x 89"
Twin X-Long 68" x 94"
Full/Double
84" x 89"
Queen 90" x 94"
King 106" x 94"
Cal-King 100" x 98"

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Date: 8/20/13 9:20 AM

As far as starting you can start with something as simple as just squares the same size sewn together. You could do it as a pattern by using certain colors in a pattern.

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Date: 8/20/13 1:48 PM

I've only made 3 quilts and I think my advice is to not over think it. I was overwhelmed at first my all the choices and was worried that whatever choice I made would be the wrong one.

I'll echo the log cabin suggestion. The last one I made was a log cabin quilt and I really love it! I made thick strips so I wouldn't have too much sewing and it still turned out great. And I didn't have to worry about buying x amount of fabric. I just bought a bunch of light and dark purple.

Good Luck and have fun with it :)

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Date: 8/20/13 2:22 PM

Check out this Eleanor Burns video. You can buy the pattern at your LQS or thru Quilt in a day. Very easy to make. Even if you are beginner.


Braid in a day


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Date: 8/20/13 2:31 PM

If that link doesn't work, go to Vimeo.com, search for quilt in a day, then braid in a day. The video convinced me to make this quilt. Super easy and uses only 1 jelly roll.

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