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kuperesa Posted: Fri, Mar 29 2013 9:36 PM

I am a fairly new quilter, have made a few in the past, however, I want to try a Rail Fence pattern and make it for my daughters full size bed.  Can someone give me the yardage needed for all size quilts from Baby Quilt to King Size?  I just like the idea of having so many different ways of putting the blocks together and re-working the patterns to look totally different.  Your information is greatly appreciated.  Thank You!!

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Nana replied on Fri, Mar 29 2013 10:18 PM

I don't know the yardage required for this particular size or pattern.   I am one of those people that always buys 3yds of every fabric that I get.   Unless it is a fabric that I will only be using in the one project.   This rarely happens though unless it is a fabric design someone else has chosen and I don't particularly care for it.

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Julienne replied on Sat, Mar 30 2013 8:36 AM

It really depends on your pattern. I did a rail fence pattern with only 3 colors in it for a twin and that was almost 2 yards of each not including the backing. Do you have the pattern yet? ~ Julienne

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Roxana replied on Sat, Mar 30 2013 9:11 AM

According to Quilter's Cache, one 12" block requires the following yardage:
one 2-1/2" x 26" strip for each of three colors (so three strips). 

http://www.quilterscache.com/R/RailFenceBlock.html

From that, you have to figure how many 12" blocks would go into each of your sizes and rather or not you want a border. For example, a typical comforter for a regular twin size bed would be 63" x 87".  If you make 12" blocks and set them 4 x 5, you get a quilt top that is 68" x 85" so some border is needed. It then depends on how you cut your strips as to how much fabric you would need. Hope that helps.
Source: All-in-One Quilter's Reference Tool.

 

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Roxana replied on Sat, Mar 30 2013 9:21 AM

Sorry, I used the wrong measurement page for the total number of blocks and then just re-read your post and realized your daughter's bed is a full size bed. Using the same source, the full-size comforter size is 78" x 87". WIth 12" straight-set blocks (no sashing), you'd need 49 blocks, set 7 x 7 to get 84" x 84".  So some math and borders still need to be figured in. If you change the size of your blocks, the measurement changes. Someone else may be able to help you more. I agree that it's easier to figure with the pattern in hand. 

The first measurement I gave you for the twin bed was for blocks set on the diagonal. Not something I would try without a specific pattern and I've been quilting for several years. I have yet to make up a pattern on my own.

Hope that I haven't confused you more! Good luck! 

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Sue replied on Sat, Mar 30 2013 9:33 AM

I have a wonderful resource book that will give you whatever information you need.  It is called "Patchwork Minus Mathwork" by Linda Causee and published by American School of Needlework.  I purchased mine thru SoftExpressions.com , many years ago.  I have used it so much that I now have it in plastic page holders in a loose leaf notebook. 

So in answer to your question, first you need to know what size blocks you are making.

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Pamela replied on Tue, Apr 9 2013 12:12 PM

kuperesa:
Can someone give me the yardage needed for all size quilts from Baby Quilt to King Size?

kuperesa,

Billie Lauder published a small booklet titled, Picture This! Rail Fence Quilts. It provides all the information you need to make a rail fence quilt. Since Rail Fence quilts are generally made from 3 fabrics, you need equal amounts of each fabric to make a quilt. On pages 11 & 12 of her booklet, it provides the number of blocks that can be produced from a given yardage using strip pieced sets. On the back inside cover, she diagrams quilt sizes from crib to double, with dimensions, and indicates the number of blocks needed for a quilt. The remainder of the booklet has unique layouts for interesting patterns. She has another booklet about rail fence quilts, as well.

Check out her website, to purchase either copy.

http://shop.easymade.com/searchquick-submit.sc?keywords=rail+fence

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