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Quilt Sizes

QuiltSize
Crib 36 - 40 X 36 - 50
Lap 40 (WOF) X 45 - 60
Youth 45 X 78
Twin 60 - 70 X 87 - 90
Full/Double 80 X 87 - 96
Queen 84 - 90 X 92 - 100

Fat Quarter Facts - One Fat Quarter Equals

# of SquaresSize
99 2” squares
56 2 1/2” squares
42 3” squares
30 3 1/2” squares
20 4” squares
16 4 1/2“ squares
12 5” squares
9 6” squares
6 6 1/2” squares

Backing and Binding

Quilt SizeBacking2 1/2” Binding
Twin (63x87) 5 1/4 yds 3/4 yds
Double (78x87) 5 1/2 yds 3/4 yds
Queen (84x92) 7 1/2 yds 7/8 yds
King (100x92) 8 yds 1 yd

Hanging Sleeve

If available, the hanging sleeve should be constructed of the same fabric as the backing.
WHEN MAKING A TEMPORARY Hanging Sleeve (i.e. for a Quilt Show or Presentation) you can use any fabric including muslin, sheeting, etc.)

To make a 4-inch wide sleeve, cut an 8 ½ inch wide strip of fabric that is 2 inches shorter than the width of your quilt. (4-inch wide sleeves are normally the requirement for most quilt shows and programs)

Fold in half lengthwise, right sides together, and stitch a 1/4-inch seam.

Press the seam allowance together and to one side.

Hem sleeve ends by folding in raw edges and stitching (I usually do this prior to sewing the long ¼-inch seam). Turn sleeve to the right side, press the full length of sleeve to flatten, creating a top and a bottom fold.

Center and pin sleeve to quilt back just below edge of finished binding.

FOR TEMPORARY use of sleeve (which you can use over and over again), just safety pin the sleeve to the back of the quilt on the top and bottom. Take care not to catch the quilt top in your pins. When finished with this project you can remove the sleeve and use it again on another Temporary project.

FOR PERMANENT use of sleeve on a wall hanging you can blind stitch in place on the top and bottom being careful not to catch the stitches in the quilt top. You can also put the top of the sleeve just under the binding and as you sew the binding you also secure the top of the quilt sleeve.

Recipe for Cleaning Quilts

by Nancy Moore

Buttermilk Quilt Cleaning Soak

Small Quilt (1 quart buttermilk) Large Quilt (2 Quarts)
2-4 Tablespoons Orvis Paste (horse wash) or Quilt Wash
2-4 tbs. of lemon juice

One large sink (deep sink) with a clean; light colored sheet spread in the bottom and up the sides to lift the quilt up and down. This reduces stress on the quilt when it is wet. Mix all ingredients in the sink and add water which is lukewarm. Put quilt into tub and gently squish it down and soak for 24 hours. I only lift with the sheet and squish at this time. At the end of 24 hours drain all dirty water and add fresh lukewarm all the while squishing the quilt to rinse out dirt, soap, and continue until the water is free and clear.

If the quilt is extremely large or extremely dirty I run a second bath of the above recipe and soak for a second 24 hours. I will rinse at the end of this time until the water runs free from soap and is clear.

I then lift the quilt out of the sink with the sheet and roll the quilt up into a roll gently. Then I will roll it into a flannel sheet (light colored ) or towel and let it absorb water over night. Day two I take it out and gently lay it out onto a sheet in a warm room to air dry. I never put these quilts into the dryer at this stage. They always dry beautifully and never have faded. Happy Washing!

Quilting Reminder

Although most of us know that ideally when you start a new project, you should replace or sharpen your rotary cutter blade. But do you think about replacing your sewing machine needle? Sewing machine needles also need to be replaced on a regular basis rather than just when they break.

Learn to Paper Piece

Christine Thresh's Paper Piecing Primer

Christine Thresh's Paper Piecing Primer

How to add a binding

How to add a binding

Binding Quilts

Adding a Hanging Sleeve

How to make a continuous bias strip

Magic 8 Half Square Triangles - Make 8 Half Square Triangles at Once! Also includes a chart for the initial square sizes and a trick for trimming to the perfect finished size.

Helpful Quilting Hints

Brought to you by the Education Committee, Valley Quilters Guild
THANK YOU to everyone who submitted hints!!

  • For many years I have cut off selvedges in long pieces. I save them in a bag. They make nice soft ties to tie up tomato, cucumber, delphinium plants, etc. in the garden.
  • To separate tiny 1/4" and 1/8" seams to iron flat, I use a plastic knitting needle (I use #5). It works quick and easy without damage. - Joan Graham
  • Metal "steno" holder. We used in typing class :>). Good for keeping current directions as you work on a project.
  • White board (small/medium) to practice quilting designs on while you rest. Can erase or do over & over.
  • STARCH! -JCrosby
  • A daughter threaded 50 needles on a spool of thread and tied a knot in the thread because the mother could no longer see to thread a needle. - Nelda Hotchkiss
  • Clean around bobbin case with a pipe cleaner.
  • You can use a wide rubber band as a needle puller.
  • To keep your filled bobbin with your thread spool, run a rubber band through the bobbin hole, wrap band ends around spool, thread one band end through the other band end and wrap end back around spool & over bobbin. - Elaine Fergen
  • Back & hip problems – Leave ironing board across the room for more exercise and walking.
  • Top stitching – Hold extra tension on to thread (with fingers) when starting. -Geri Ax
  • ALWAYS be sure that the bias edges of a triangle are NOT on the outside of a block. - Kathy Buirge
  • When doing hand appliqué, set a writing tray with beanbag bottom, or a pillow, on your lap to hold things more easily.
  • A microfiber washcloth in a load of clothes will catch loose threads and keep them from sticking to your clothes. -Linda Kau
  • Use large push pins and dowel rods for inexpensive hangers for wall hangings.
  • Always wear shoes when cutting fabric.
  • Measure batting leftovers. Pin a note to it indicating the size. Then when you have a project you can easily see the sizes you have available.
  • A skirt hanger is great for storing finished blocks. Keep them organized and wrinkle free.
  • Use plastic coated paper clips when doing hand stitching your binding. They are easy to slip on.
  • Use pool noodles to store your quilts.
  • Use a salad spinner to wash & spin out smaller pieces of fabric like charm squares.
  • To make rulers stay in place while cutting, apply a thin layer of rubber cement at various spots. It is clear and cutting marks are plainly visible. Easy to remove also.
  • Masking tape helps with unsewing. Tape a piece over the seam that needs removing and has been clipped every few threads. Lift carefully off and all the little thread pieces come with it.
  • Use the pages of an old telephone book as foundation paper for string pieced blocks.
  • Instead of changing machine needles with every project, sharpen them by sewing through a piece of fine sandpaper.
  • When sewing practice blocks for different quilts, use the same grouping of fabrics (i.e. Christmas fabrics). Save these bocks until you have enough for a quilt.
  • Cut the curved edges of appliqué patches with pinking shears. This avoids the need to clip them.
  • Use a small piece of scrap fabric as the beginning of chain piecing. This prevents "bird-nests" on the underside of quilt block components as well as allowing you to begin stitches at edge of each piece – not more skipped stitches as you begin sewing.
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