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sreel
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Date: 4/2/12 6:01 PM

i have a basic outline of something i would like to make into a baby quilt. my problem is im not sure how to figure out the right dimentions for it. other then going to staples and having them print it out to the size i want, is there a prgram or something to figure out the right size to cut the pieces? any help on this would be super

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new stilt pants for the hubby(just needs hemming)
a winter coat for DD (done)
a quilt for each of my lil bros soon to be daughters
some type of top and tutu for soon to be nieces birthday next month

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Date: 4/2/12 6:21 PM

There are no hard and fast rules. Crib quilts are usually 52 x 34 inches. Perhaps if you give us an idea of the outline you have in mind or better yet a picture? Then it would be easier to make suggestions.

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Date: 4/2/12 7:20 PM

There are computer programs like Electric Quilt that will help you design a quilt and then figure out what size all the pieces/blocks would need to be for different finished sizes - but it's a little pricey and probably overkill for only one project. If you're using a traditional block you can probably find it in various sizes in blogs or quilt books/mags. If you post with more specifics about the type of thing you're wanting to make, I bet people here can help you work out the details.

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Date: 4/2/12 7:41 PM

Quilt Wizard is a program that you purchase on a CD for about $35 US. It's much less expensive than Electric Quilt or any of the other quilting programs out there. I use it alot for my quilting classes.

You can select from different blocks to lay out, how many you want, and even some fabric selections (in color) to tell how it's going to look. Then there is a printout of how much fabric you need, and how many strips to cut. It's a great deal for the money.

Edited to add: Quilt Wizard is a scaled down version of Electric Quilt, and it's made by the same company.
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Date: 4/3/12 8:21 AM

I just finished my first quilt top for a baby bed. I appliqued a jungle scene on it. After I decided how big I wanted it to be, I cut a piece of paper that big, then just free handed drew the animals from other pieces of paper and placed them on the background. I could look at size and relative placement, and change these as needed. When I finished I had my basic pattern piece to cut out of the fabric. I wanted to turn my edges under, so added a 1/4 inch all the way around. This literally was my first quilt ever. I haven't had it quilted yet, but will post a pic when I get it done.
ANother possibility is to find what every you want (coloring books have simple pictures), bring it to Kinko and enlarge it as big as you want, then place it on the background.

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Date: 4/3/12 11:35 AM

For those without a copy center handy, or not willing to buy a software package.....

Trace or make a copy of your drawing onto graph paper. Then make a larger grid on paper and transfer the drawing using the grid as a guide. You can make the larger grid any size needed to get the copy to the correct size, although keeping it on a number like 1/2 or 1 inch makes it easier than something like 1/3 inch. It also works for reducing, however if the original drawing has a lot of detail or tiny spots, it may need to be simplified.

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