Size of lap quilts?

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Brigit-Carol posted on Tue, Aug 28 2012 11:10 AM

What would you consider (1) the ideal size of a lap quilt and (2) the minimal size for an adult?  I'm making some disappearing nine-patch quilts for nursing home residents for Christmas and forgot that in cutting and reassembling the blocks, I'd lose 2-3" in width and length.  I also want to make a couple of "throw quilts" for friends for Christmas so am asking about those also.

 

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I make lots of lap quilts and the sizes are all over the place.   I was told my my fav quilt shop that a good size for folks in wheel chairs can be 34 x 44 or even a little smaller.

We make the quilts for the cancer center finished size 34 x about 44.

For my family and friends I make a lap quilt approx 40-46 x 56-60. For my big and tall son in law, I made it 54 x 76.


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Nana replied on Tue, Aug 28 2012 9:21 PM

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I like to make them about 50 x 60 for the everyday lap quilt.  It is a good size to curl up on the coach with.

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gini replied on Wed, Aug 29 2012 12:31 AM

Nana:
It is a good size to curl up on the coach with.

 so do you pretend you're the queen in your coach? or the princess?  

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Annie replied on Wed, Aug 29 2012 12:36 AM

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Nana:
It is a good size to curl up on the coach with.

 so do you pretend you're the queen in your coach? or the princess?  

Omg. Can't stop laughing. Gini, you're too much.  

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Thea replied on Wed, Aug 29 2012 1:56 AM

Lap quilts in my house are twin size as I have tall men and they like to be able to curl up and have it cover them from the leg to the chin... so I think most of mine are 70 x 90... For my neighbor who used his for his cancer treatments I made one 40 x 60... I like to do 20" difference between width and length - It does depend on who I am making it for - a child would be smaller.

 

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Annie:
Can't stop laughing. Gini, you're too much.

Note the time of Gini's posting to Nana.  If you get a chance to meet Gini at a retreat, you'll learn she is the sweetest, mildest, most patient person on earth. But once night falls, Gini's snarky side comes out - she is quick and mischievious! Nothing gets past her. Would you agree, gals?


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Nancy yes I agree , she has a complete character change at night , but she is so funny you have to love her.., Barbara

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I have to love someone who makes my sides hurt from laughing so hard?  Ok, I'll try.


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Nancy you had better, your retreat is coming up and I don't think she forgets much,LOL  Barbara 

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Be sweet and kind before the retreat and tell stories after.  Let a year go by and repeat. 

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Annie replied on Wed, Aug 29 2012 9:04 AM

Nancy. I am trying to find a retreat I can attend. I'm dying to meet all of you in person!

I started to talk about having one in the southwest. I need to get on that again. 

 

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Thank you for your replies (and good laugh!).  Two ended up only being 36 x 42", but apparently they will be ideal for wheelchair patients.  So glad I don't have to mess with a border.  The others for the nursing home will be about 40x50 (hopefully).  I chuckled at the idea of a throw quilt being 70x90.  The quilt shop in town counts that size as a double bed.  But I gather anything around 40-45" x 55-60" will be OK for Christmas gifts to friends?  I appear to be going quilt crazy.   

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Barbara replied on Wed, Aug 29 2012 10:12 AM

BB ,good luck with your quilts ,You are doing a great thing with them. Barbara

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Marie replied on Wed, Aug 29 2012 10:51 AM

MNnancy:
But once night falls, Gini's snarky side comes out - she is quick and mischievious!

That's why I love her soooo much!  Would love to be a fly on the wall when she and Sam get together to cause mischief.  

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