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Learn to Quilt {Part 3}: Ordering Fabric

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FYI: This post is part of my Quilt-A-Long / Learn to Quilt Series If you’re just jumping in here, I suggest you read the previous post.

Before purchasing the fabric, you have to figure out how much you need. So, we have to calculate out the quilt measurements. (*If you’re following a pattern, likely they tell you how much of each fabric to purchase, so you can skip this and move on to the next step.)

How to Calculate Quilt Measurements

I knew I wanted to do a square quilt. Originally I though that it should be 9 squares x 9 squares. After redesigning the layout a few times, I landed on a design with:

  • 7 squares across & down
  • The squares would be 4 inches finished (which is 4.5in unfinished to account for 1/4in seams)
  • 1-inch white sashing (which would be 1.5in unfinished to account for 1/4in seams)
  • a 3-in purple border (which would be 3.5in unfinished to account for 1/4in seams)
  • black edging

This design makes the finished quilt 42in x 42in.

Crazy Mom Quilts has a great post on calculating quilt measurements. As she says — math is a huge part of quilting!

So, I started out using a pen and paper and graph paper. While I’m generally good at math, I didn’t want to make a mistake. Thank goodness for Prequilt and their fabric calculator — that made every SO much easier!

All I had to do was put in the width of the fabric, what kind of shapes and the sizes they needed to be, and it spit out the approximate yardage I’d need to make the quilt.

For the Michael Miller Play Dot in Bloom Grey (44in wide) it said I’d need:

  • 25 Squares
  • Fabric to cut: 25 – 4 1/2″ squares
  • Yardage: ~1/2 yard

For the light gray fabric it said I’d need:

  • 12 Squares
  • Fabric to cut: 12 – 4 1/2″ squares
  • Yardage: ~1/4 yard

For the Premier Prints Mini Starts Twill Bella light pink fabric (54in wide) it said I’d need:

  • 12 Squares
  • Fabric to cut: 12 – 4 1/2″ squares
  • Yardage: ~1/4 yard

For the white sashing (45in wide), I found this math formula. But — I also found a calculator

Here’s the information I needed for the short vertical white sashing:

  • width of fabric in inches = 45in
  • Strip dimensions (unfinished) = 1.5in x 4.5in
  • total number of strips = 56

Approximately 1/4 yard will be needed.

Here’s the information I needed for the long horizontal white sashing:

  • width of fabric in inches = 45in
  • Strip dimensions (unfinished) = 1.5in x 36.5in
  • total number of strips = 8

1/3 yards if pieces are cut 36.5 inches wide by 1.5 inches long
1 1/8 yards if pieces are cut 1.5 inches wide by 36.5 inches long

Since there’s a 2yd minimum to order that fabric online I was covered either way.

For the purple border it said I’d need about 1/2 a yard all together.

Vertical border pieces:

  • width of fabric in inches = 44in
  • Strip dimensions (unfinished) = 3.5in x 42.5in
  • total number of strips = 2

1/4yd if pieces are cut 42.5in wide x 3.5in long

Horizontal border pieces:

  • width of fabric in inches = 44in
  • Strip dimensions (unfinished) = 3.5in x 36.5in
  • total number of strips = 2

1/4yd if pieces are cut 36.5in wide x 3.5in long

For the Backing, yardage needed = approx. 1 1/4 yds – 1 1/2 yds

For the Batting: a piece that’s a little over 42in x 42in
I ordered this Baby / Crib size batting (45in x 60in), by The Warm Company in the cotton blend.

For the Binding: 2.5″ Strips required: 5
Yardage needed: 12.5″ = ~3/8 yds

I ordered 1 yard of each of the regular fabrics, and then 1.5 yards of the backing. This was the most economical. The minimum amount you can buy on Fabric.com is 1/2 a yard, but the pricing is better when buy at least 1 yard of each fabric. I figured I could make something else with the leftover fabric.

Here’s Part 4 where I write all about purchasing the quilting supplies I’ll need to complete the quilt . . . and you can refer back to the first post in the series for the overview and links to the remainder of the posts.

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Cheers,
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