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Here I go again with more questions!
This time about making a lap quilt
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Date: 10/2/12 10:46 PM

I've decided that I want to make a lap quilt. But I have no idea about how to start it.

So, here are my many questions.

1. How do I go about picking a size?

2. Once I figure out a size, how much fabric would I need?

3. How do I go about picking colors? I haven't a clue when it comes to mixing colors, patterns, etc.

4. Is there a book that anybody recommends?

That's it - for now.

Thank you!!

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Date: 10/3/12 9:14 AM

Go to a quilt shop (in the flesh) and look at their fabrics and project samples and see what lights your heart on fire, you know, makes you want to go home and make the quilt "right now". Or start with finding a "theme" fabric, a print that just makes you feel good when you look at it. Next find a pattern or book that has a design that you particularly like and you feel is within your skill level (don't short yourself with this, most quilts are VERY easy to actually sew, even though they look complicated). Once you have these 2 things you can find what other coordinating fabrics you need by finding fabrics that will go with your theme fabric. Most quilt shop owners will give you wonderful advice and it's a fun place to visit as well. Happy quilting!

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Date: 10/3/12 10:07 AM

I am just getting into quilting. I went to my local fabric shop (not a chain one) They actually have jelly rolls, charm packs, layer cakes, sets that you can choose and all the fabric for the front on your quilt has been put together for you. I googled quilts sizes and got a chart telling me the mattress sizes from twin to Cal King. This is very helpful in determining your yardage. The ladies at the fabric shop/quilt shop were very helpful in determining what I needed. Give it a try. Good Luck! You will love the outcome.

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Date: 10/3/12 10:10 AM

I'm a huge fan of the jelly rolls, or in my case, the Bali Pops. I love that they're all coordinated and work so beautifully together. I've made several things from mine and just love the colors and patterns.

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Date: 10/3/12 10:21 AM

There are some great free tutorials on the Missouri Star Quilt Co. website and through Utube.

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Date: 10/3/12 12:40 PM

This is a great "go to" site for helping the quilter choose the size quilt they want to make, a calculator for determining how much fabric will be needed as well as tips, including color choices.

I have saved it with my other favorite sites.

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Date: 10/3/12 12:53 PM

Thank you. I put it in Fav's and on my desktop. This will be great info for a quilt or wall hanging size.

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Date: 10/3/12 12:59 PM

I love the tutorials from the Missouri Quilt Company! I've also taken both her classes at Craftsy. I use a lot of charm packs for my quilts. I have yet to cut any fabric other than borders, backing and binding.

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Date: 10/3/12 1:01 PM

Thanks for the link! That is very helpful.

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Date: 10/3/12 1:25 PM

That site lists lap quilts as 60" x 60" but my personal preference is for the length to be in the 70-75" range. I like lap quilts long enough to tuck under my feet. And I prefer them to be oblong. I usually go for 50"-ish by 72"-ish, plus or minus five inches or so to accommodate the block layout.

60" x 60" is a very nice size for a decorative quilt to primarily hang over the sofa, though.

Just my 2 cents FWIW.

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