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How to Determine Sizing for a Quilt

Posted by admin on November 4th, 2013 in Quilting 101, Uncategorized with Comments Off on How to Determine Sizing for a Quilt

 

Understanding how to make a quilt highly depends on mattress sizes. Knowing the sizing makes it much easier to design and make a jelly roll quilt that fits the bed perfectly. Knowing your sizing greatly determines the amount of space you will have for patterns and style for your quilt.

Standard Mattress sizing to complete a quilt Standard Mattress Sizing:

Crib : 28″ x 52″

Twin (Single) : 39″ x 75″

Long Twin : 36″ x 80″ (Most beds in college dorms have long twin mattresses)

 Full Mattress, (Double) : 54″ x 75″

 Queen: 60″ x 80″

King: 76″ x 80″

 California King: 72″ x 84″

So the next logical question when preparing to finish a quilt is how deep, or long would you need your quilt to be? There are no common, or typical mattress depths. Many mattress beds are 8-10 inches in bulk, but many pillow top mattresses measure 14-16 inches in size, sometimes more. Box springs and other bed pieces will put a bed ensemble even higher off of the ground, and should be considered before you pin down a design for your quilt.

Obviously, if you’re creating a quilt for yourself, it’s much easier to determine the variables. If your quilt is going to be a gifted to another, finish the quilt using queen size quilt dimensions. Queen size is the most prominent sized mattress beds.

 

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Once we have these questions answered, the next step is to determine how to go about with the design and how to finish a quilt. This article is more specific with using jelly rolls and charms.

 

 

How many squares do I need to make a quilt?? 

If you are using squares here are the amounts you need for each type:

4″ x 4″

Crib quilt – 42″ x 50″ – 168 squares
Twin bed – 69″ x 96″ – 520 squares
Full/Double bed – 84″ x 90″ – 624 squares
Queen bed – 90″ x 96″ – 728 squares
King bed – 96″ x 104″ – 840 squares

5″ x 5″

Crib quilt – 42″ x 50″ – 120 squares
Twin bed – 69″ x 96″ – 320 squares
Full/Double bed – 84″ x 90″ – 380 squares
Queen bed – 90″ x 96″ – 440 squares
King bed – 96″ x 104″ – 528 squares

6″ x 6″

Crib quilt – 42″ x 50″ – 70 squares
Twin bed – 69″ x 96″ – 206 squares
Full/Double bed – 84″ x 90″ – 250 squares
Queen bed – 90″ x 96″ – 286 squares
King bed – 96″ x 104″ – 331 squares

These measurements do NOT include any sashing or borders.  This is just for the squares themselves.

 

Once you have decided your type of fabric, and laid out your design. The rest is a stitch in time!

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Follow up on my blog, I will have updates to completing a quilt, binding basics, and how to make quilt sandwiches.

 

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