Pinwheel Quilt: Designing your Quilt Top

Now that you’ve researched the different quilt sizes and made a decision on what size meets your needs, the next step is to make a few decisions about how to lay out your quilt top. Since our first quilt is the pinwheel quilt pictured to the right, we will use the basic design here to talk about…

Designing Quilt Tops

I’m a big believer in sketching your quilt top prior to sewing your first stitch. Here are some of the benefits as I see it: It’ s good for your brain. Studies show that there are cognitive benefits to drawing and doodling. You can sort through a lot of issues you might encounter when assembling…

Q&A: On ‘reverse-engineering’ and more…

Question: What do you mean by ‘reverse-engineering’, and why would I want to do that? Answer: I’ll admit: I’m not drawn to quilting because I’m one of those creative, artistic, talented types. I love quilting because I love puzzles, math, color, history, and building stuff. I’m not great at coming up with new and amazing…

Determining the Size of your Quilt

Okay, so you’ve decided to make a quilt for yourself. Now the question is, what size should you make it? You need to decide this before you do anything else, because the size you choose will affect how much fabric you buy, how much getting it quilted will cost, how long it will take to…

Standard Quilt Sizes

Below is a graph of some of the standard North American mattress sizes, and a range of lengths and widths for appropriately sized quilts. There is no right or wrong size for a quilt. It all comes down to personal preference. It is important to note that after your quilt top is quilted, you may…