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From: Marti
Date: 03-17-2006, 08:20 PM (1 of 8)
:shock: I have never ever made a quit. Just started sewing, I think it would be a waste tho to throw away all my scrape pieces...therefore, I would love to start a quilt....Only thing is...I have no idea where to start....From watching my grandmother when i was a little girl (150 yrs ago). I really dont care about making cabins, star's or any of that....just a basic patchwork quilt would make me big do i cut the squares...or do i actually cut squares? big do i make it...(queen size at least) i sew the squares and finish all that first then add batting..or do i add you can see..i know nothing about any advise would be appreicated...Thanks....
Marti Eldridge
User: Marti
Member since: 02-21-2006
Total posts: 31
From: HeyJudee
Date: 03-17-2006, 09:17 PM (2 of 8)
If you've never quilted before, here is a site that gives good instructions. If you go to the end of the list and click on Projects, you will get a couple of different nine-patch blocks you could do.

For the size, generally you sew a 1/4" seam so each piece that you cut will have 1/2" used for the seams. So if you cut a 4" square, the "finished" size of the square will be 3 1/2", cut a 4 1/2" square and the finished size will be 4", etc.

The approx. size for a queen size quilt is 88" x 96" according to the quilter's cache web-site. So once you decide on the finished size of square you will be using, then you will need to determine how many will fit across and then fit down the side. Take those numbers and multiple together to get the number of squares you will need.

Good luck!
TTFN from
User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
Total posts: 1366
From: Chrysantha
Date: 03-17-2006, 09:48 PM (3 of 8)
Unless of course you have the 'new' pillow-top, extra TALL mattress's. Then you need to add some inches. (so measure first... :bg: )(owner of 2 REALLY tall beds...) :shock:
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
From: Zicks
Date: 03-23-2006, 02:13 AM (4 of 8)
I also would advise you to piece each square to make a strip (like a chain / one row), then sew the strips together. After the top is finished, then you will add batting and the back piece (most people use one solid fabric, but you could piece the back as well). Good luck!
User: Zicks
Member since: 03-23-2006
Total posts: 2
From: MaryW
Date: 03-23-2006, 08:26 AM (5 of 8)
Hi Zicks and welcome to Sew Whats New. :bluesmile
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: Zicks
Date: 03-24-2006, 01:36 AM (6 of 8)
Thank you so much for the warm welcome! I am looking forward to learning many new things here!
User: Zicks
Member since: 03-23-2006
Total posts: 2
From: kt53sew
Date: 03-25-2006, 07:12 PM (7 of 8)
Yes you are, once you do one you will have to do another. Here is a pattern to check out for a very simple quilt. {not sure this will work should be a space between 69 and pattern so if doesn't just copy to get there }and for lots of simple quilts, ideas and other very helpfull stuff check out some very beautiful quilts from just scraps!! Katie
User: kt53sew
Member since: 02-13-2004
Total posts: 19
From: kt53sew
Date: 03-25-2006, 07:16 PM (8 of 8)
You could also check out and click on quilting lots of good info there.. Katie
User: kt53sew
Member since: 02-13-2004
Total posts: 19
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