Somewhere out there, a quilter is hesitating on a throw-size quilt pattern – although, they love the design, they don’t love the size; they’re in the market for king-size quilts. At Fons & Porter, we get a lot of requests for size charts. It makes sense! Why spend time on a quilt if the pattern is for a crib-size quilt and you want a queen-size quilt? Designing quilts takes time, so not all of our quilts have accompanying size charts, although we offer free size charts for some of our quilts, like the crib- and king-size options for Lincoln’s Delight.
Our Sewing Specialist, Colleen Tauke, and Fons & Porter Managing Editor, Deb Finan, offer some suggestions below on how you can take your full-size quilt and get the king-size quilt you’re looking for.
There are a variety of ways to change the size of your quilts. A standard rule, however, is to always consider the number of blocks you are making. If increasing the size of your quilt, make a cutting chart for additional pieces and purchase additional yardage for patchwork, sashing, borders, and binding as necessary.
The following suggestions are general guidelines – use your best judgment when applying these tips to your quilts. Every quilt is different! Quilt patterns use a variety of fabrics and altering the amount of piecing affects the yardage required. You can get a better idea of this by taking a look at the differences between the materials needed for the crib- and full-size quilts for All Boxed in.
For specific information on standard mattress, quilt and batting sizes, standard measurements, converting measurements and cutting instructions, refer to the Quilters “Need-to-Know” Card. It’s the perfect resource for instant calculations and must-have information.
Here are 4 tips on resizing quilts that might work for you:
- Increase the amount of quilt blocks:
Think about taking a throw-size quilt to a queen-size quilt. First, note the finished quilt size specified on the quilt pattern (12″ blocks @ 4 blocks across by 6 blocks long). Next, increase the amount of blocks to accommodate a larger quilt (6 blocks across by 7 long). Some quilts may require up to 10 additional blocks.
- Create larger borders:
Adding larger borders will reduce the number of blocks needed to increase the size of a quilt. Be cautious though, as the borders may overwhelm the quilt top and could detract from the overall look of the quilt.
- Add sashing and borders:
When working with quilt patterns that use quilt blocks only, increase the size of the quilt top by adding sashing between blocks and a border to the quilt. A word to the wise: this will change the overall design of the quilt, so a design wall would really come in handy in this instance. Preview before you sew!
- Increase the size of the patchwork blocks:
This will require that you recalculate the pattern and yardage needed for the pattern. The Quilters “Need-to-Know” Card is a dream come true if you go with this resizing option.
Again, it’s important to remember that these are not hard and fast rules, but rather guidelines to resizing your quilts to your preferences. Get more detailed information on resizing quilts in this extremely helpful webinar, “How to Resize Quilt Block Patterns,” with Debra Finan. As Deb will tell you, basic math skills are all you need to resize most quilt blocks—no graph paper or computer software is necessary.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask! I’m always up for comments from fellow quilters.