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 iLongarmQuilt

by Karen King, Bothell WA
serving the Puget Sound Area

General Information & Tips

How much binding fabric do I need?

  • Measure the Quilt Top length and width.  
  • Determine amount fabric required: [(Length+Width) x 2] + 15" = Total Linear Inches
  • With the above calculation result, see the chart below for fabric requirements.

  • 132" requires 1/4 yard
  • 202" requires 3/8 yard
  • 272" requires 1/2 yard
  • 342" requires 5/8 yard
  • 412" requires 3/4 yard
  • 482" requires 7/8 yard
  • 552" requires 1 yard



How many quilt blocks do I need to make my quilt?

Twin Size Quilt
Block Size     Across x Down     Total Blocks     Finished Size
     12"                  6 x 9                       54               72"x108"
     15"                  5 x 7                       35               75"x105"
     16"                  5 x 7                       35               80"x112"
     18"                  4 x 8                       24               72"x108"

Full Size Quilt
Block Size     Across x Down     Total Blocks     Finished Size
     12"                  8 x 9                       72               96"x108"
     15"                  6 x 7                       42               90"x105"
     16"                  6 x 7                       42               96"x112"
     18"                  5 x 6                       30               90"x108"

Queen Size Quilt
Block Size     Across x Down     Total Blocks     Finished Size
     12"                  8 x 9                       72               96"x108"
     15"                  6 x 7                       42               90"x105"
     16"                  6 x 7                       42               96"x112"
     18"                  5 x 6                       30               90"x108"

King Size Quilt
Block Size     Across x Down     Total Blocks     Finished Size
     12"                  9 x 10                     90              108"x120"
     15"                  7 x 8                       56              105"x120"
     16"                  7 x 7                       49              112"x112"
     18"                  6 x 6                       38              108"x108"

TIPS


Spray starch or sizing gives incredible results!  It helps control fabric while cutting, sewing, and pressing.  If you have trouble with wavy borders, uneven blocks, bias cuts, or just want a truly 'perfect' result...use starch or sizing every time your fabric touches the iron.  My favorite brand is Best Pressed.


If possible, quilt backing seams that are horizontal rather vertical are easier to handle on the quilt frame.  However, don't change your design to suit horizontal seams...I do a nice job whichever way the seams run!


When piecing your quilt back, cut off the salvage edges in the seam area. Salvage edges have a much tighter weave and can cause puckering if left in the quilt.


Darker stray threads can appear beneath lighter-colored fabric in the quilting process.  To keep these threads in place, extra starch or sizing may help them stay in place.