Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Rag Quilt Question

Brenda has a question about the Rag Quilt Tutorial. I thought I'd post it here. With it being winter and the holidays past us this is a good time to work on a quilt, perhaps even a gift for next Christmas. :o)

Her question:
I've had this bookmarked for a while and I finally know what I'm going to make! My 4 year old daughter needs a bedspread for her twin bed. Would you be able to tell me how much fabric I should aim to buy for a quilt that would cover a twin bed? I'm going to be using 2 colors--yellow and purple. I can't wait! I would appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks!

My answer:
Buy at least 7 yards, 3 1/2 of each color. If you are new to sewing you may even want to buy 8 yards (4 of each color), to give yourself room for not keeping the 1/2" seam allowance. Another thing to keep in mind is how far you want it to hang off the bed. This would be a GREAT math project for the kids! Measure the bed, allow for 1/2" on each side of the 8"square. Most flannel fabric is 44" wide, so you can figure the yardage from there.

For the record, I HATE math (Jeff teaches the kids that subject), but learning to quilt has helped me SO MUCH! Another reason to make sure your kids learn practical skills.


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Brenda said...

Oh how funny--my lack of math skills got a post!!! :) I HATE figuring yardages--my mom and sister always help. It's very hard for someone as visual as me.

So thank you for your help--the baby quilt was so fun to make I can't wait to get started on the bedspread!

Kathy, Jeff's Wife said...

oh, my Brenda...You would not believe how much quilting has helped my poor math skills. :o)

I'd love to see a picture if your finisihed project!

Brenda said...

Uh, here it is November and I'm nearly done with all the squares. It's still the same year so it's OK...right????

Kathy, Jeff's Wife said...

Sure! Email us a picture of the finished project.