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I don't think anyone has asked this question yet.

I have a FQ collection (Ruby from Moda in flannel) that I'd love to use.  But it has 13 FQs so I'm in a bit of a pickle.  I can do the 2, 5.5 x 9.5 strips from each and end up with 26 strip piles instead of 30 and just make a smaller 5x5 lap quilt.  Or, I can cut 3, 5.5 x 9.5 strips from 10 of the FQs and get the 30 strips, but it won't be an even number of fabrics patterns to divide into each pile.   Does this quilt pattern depend on having the same fabrics prints/colors in each strip pile or will mixing it up be okay?

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Nana replied on Thu, Nov 15 2012 7:49 PM

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I would cut 2  5 1/2 x 20 strips from each FQ and then pick 2 FQ to cut a 3rd 5 1/2 x 20 strip.   This will allow you to have 30 blocks and do a 5 block x 6 row quilt.  I won't matter that you have more strips of 2 colors / prints.

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Thanks, Nana.  My mind didn't even go there, but that's a great suggestion! :)

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Debbie-do replied on Thu, Nov 15 2012 11:18 PM

After this new step we'll have one pile of 4 x 8.5 and one pile of 5.5 x 8.5 ?  One of my first cuts preparing the fabric for this step was messed up so my OCD is rearing its ugly head!!

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Carol replied on Thu, Nov 15 2012 11:32 PM

Hurrah - fastest I've ever got a new step!  At 1120 pm Thursday night, it appeared, and by 1122 I had my copy - now I'm heading off to beddy bye - will look at it tomorrow and get started sewing.  It's about like I thought, similar to the last two we put together for the Nursing Home quilts, very easy and looks good!

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Caryl Anne replied on Thu, Nov 15 2012 11:47 PM

Debbie-do:

After this new step we'll have one pile of 4 x 8.5 and one pile of 5.5 x 8.5 ?  One of my first cuts preparing the fabric for this step was messed up so my OCD is rearing its ugly head!!

that's the way my gragh paper shows it.. I'm with ya Debbie do.


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Nana replied on Fri, Nov 16 2012 6:13 AM

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Yes Debbie .....  you will have one pile 4 x 8 1/2 and one at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.    You will also still have the pile of 2 x 9 1/2 that was set aside.

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Debbie-do replied on Fri, Nov 16 2012 8:03 AM

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Yes Debbie .....  you will have one pile 4 x 8 1/2 and one at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.    You will also still have the pile of 2 x 9 1/2 that was set aside.

Thanks Nana!  You're the best !

 

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what is the finished size of this quilt

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Hi DeborahC53 it is nice to meet you and I'm happy you are going to do the MQ with us!

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Debbie-do:

After this new step we'll have one pile of 4 x 8.5 and one pile of 5.5 x 8.5 ?  One of my first cuts preparing the fabric for this step was messed up so my OCD is rearing its ugly head!! 

I messed up my first cut on step 2 also :(, I'm so glad that I measured them before I cut any more.

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deblaquinta:

what is the finished size of this quilt 

I think Nana did not say because people may change the borders, I'm sure she will be along soon with the correct answer LOL... I also wanted to say Hi and nice to meet you, if I have not already done so :)

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Debbie-do replied on Fri, Nov 16 2012 2:13 PM

deblaquinta:

what is the finished size of this quilt

I posted this on Monday and Nana agreed my math was good. It's all going to depend on how many blocks you use.

the way I simplified it for myself is...

if you want a

5x6 quilt (30 blocks) you need 15 FQs...

6x7 (42 blocks) you need 21 FQs...

7x8 (56 blocks) you need 28 FQs.

or, 1/2 as many fat quarters as you have blocks.

Nana says each block finishes at 9" so the 5x6 will end up 45x54 before borders.

The 2 borders measure 7" finished so that 5x6 block quilt will end up at 52x61 finished.

42 blocks=61 x 70 w/borders

56 blocks=70 x 79

Add 4" all around for that optional border.

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Okay now I am confused. I have right now 3 piles with 40 pieces in each. I know we set aside the 2" x 9-1/2" pile.  Do I sew all 40 pieces from both piles together, than cut  them crosswise 4" x 8-1/2". where does the 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" come in. How many of each of these in each pile not counting my 2" pile? I know when we sew the 5.5" plus the 3.5" we have our 8.5" wide. Do I sew them all together and only use 20 of the 40 pieces to cut crosswise for the 4" wide by 8.5" pile. and leave the other 20 together pieces alone?

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okay I think I got it. After sewing my 5.5" and 3.5" together. I will than from each strip cut crosswise only one 4"x 8,.5" strip than I should have my 5.5" strip left over from that so hopefully will end of with 40 of each. Am I correct with this

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