Friday, January 31, 2014

Anyone out there good at Quilty Math?

Seriously it is not my strong point and I need some help. So my mom has asked me to make this Zig Zag Zig Quilt from Quilting Happiness (which I think is the best quilt book I've ever gotten!)


The problem is that she wants me to make it queen size and the measurements on this are 42" by 54".  so the question is, do I make it this size and then add on after I've learned how to make it so that it is queen size.

Or

If I double the size of the templates, will it double the quilt size to 84" by 108"???

Seriously, help! What would you do?? I did buy double the amounts of fabric required so hopefully whatever I do will work!



18 comments:

melissa ruschau said...

I would recommend quadrupling the fabric and pattern. A queen size mattress is 60 x 80 on the top. You will want over hang on all the sides. By making 4 sets your quilt will come out approx 84 x 108 ish... you may want to go shorter in the length but longer on the sides

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Jan said...

I think Melissa hit the nail on the head. Hers' would be the easiest solution. If your Mom wants the quilt to look just like the original, just bigger, you'll need to enlarge the templates.

Pat said...

I think just quadrupling the # of blocks would work, but then you'd lose the impact of the zig zags -- it would be very busy. I am no math whiz, but my suggestion would be to increase the size of the templates. If you have access to a copy machine that enlarges, try copying at 125% and see what you get.

wipgirl said...

I don't really have thoughts on it... just wanted to say that's a pretty awesome pattern! I wish more companies would offer multiple sizes so you could make the size you need without having to work so hard for it.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

I would agree with making 4 sets of the quilt pattern and then flip the bottom two around so that you have a row of navy diamond on the top and on the lower edge of the total quilt .... Hope that makes sense !!

Katy Cameron said...

Yep, I'm with the 4 sets too.

If you do want to blow up the templates to double it though here's what you will have to do:

- Photocopy/scan at 200%

- Check the INNER measurements to see that they have actually doubled (some copiers can be a tad off, plus if it's a full page, it'll be a PITA to get it to fit correctly)

- Re-measure the seam allowance to put it back to 1/4"

- You will need 4x the amount of fabric though, you're doubling it both ways, so instead of 1x1 it's now 2x2, which is 4

Helen said...

This is like a good recipe! Sometimes the simplest idea is the best--enlarge the template. Only number to deal with is pushing the percentage #. My kinda math!

Denise in PA said...

You've gotten great real suggestions. My suggestion would be to have Cathy figure it out for you - ROFLMAO!!! Love, you Cathy! o:)

Anna said...

Denise - that is hysterical!

ultraorganized said...

These comments are great. I would take the templates to a photocopy shop and have them enlarge them to the correct percentage. And yes, if you double the size you double the fabric requirement. Maybe 50% larger of the original template would be enough? #!}

Cathy Fry said...

I am totally offended by Denise's comments!!!! Just kidding! You guys know me so well. With all my math disasters it is no wonder no one wants my 'help'!

Cathy Fry said...

I am totally offended by Denise's comments!!!! Just kidding! You guys know me so well. With all my math disasters it is no wonder no one wants my 'help'!

Marci Girl said...

Oh goodness..In my opinion I would just make more blocks and add them on, enlarging the templates scares the crap out of me.

felicity said...

To double the finished size via increased template size don't do a 200% magnification. I think 150% or even 125%. I read about that recently but of course I don't remember where. :/

Ro Ando said...

I think more blocks rather than bigger templates. I think it has quite a busy feel which would be lost if you make the templates bigger, but enhanced if you increased the number of blocks.

Sarah said...

What did you decide to do Becky? I'm behind in my reading. I would have just multiplied the number of blocks needed eg if the pattern is four across and six up, make it eight across and twelve up. I wouldn't be enlarging the template on a copier, too much could go wrong for me!

jill said...

Hmm. One could always add a decorative border

Machelle said...

Why don't you email the pattern's designer? Doesn't hurt to try:)

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