What Size Should It Be?
If you follow the instructions for a pattern or kit, the finished measurements of the quilt you're making usually are predetermined. However, if you choose to modify or design a pattern to make a quilt that fits a specific bed or display area, the finished size of the project is up to you. When you're determining the size for your quilt, be aware that the amount of quilting done and the type of batting used can result in a 3 to 5% loss in the overall size of the quilt.
For a wall hanging, base the width and length on the space you have available for hanging the project. If you have a special quilt rack or hanger in mind, measure its width to be sure your finished quilt will fit.
When making a throw, keep in mind who will be using it. Are they tall adults or small children? Will they want to lay it over their laps or wrap up in it? Your usage conclusions should provide you with the optimum finished size.
For bed-size quilts, click here for a chart of standard bed, batting, and quilt sizes. Then read on for details on measuring a bed for the perfect-fitting quilt.
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