Simple Patchwork Measurements
There is a way to make designing your own quilts
much more frugal and easy. It is done by being consistent and using the
same size for your patchwork
This is both simple and frugal. With simple
measurements, you try and make your
consistent as possible. The most common sizes are 2 inches finished,
and 3 inches finished. A 2 inch
a 4 patch finish at 4 inches, and a 3 patch finish at 6 inches. A
a 4 patch finish at 6 inches, and a 6 patch finish at
This consistency helps you in several ways. First
of all, the inch and half inch measurements on the ruler are easier to find.
When you use the same measurements all the time, some of the other measurements
really sink into your brain. For instance, it becomes very easy to remember the
size of the squares you must cut to make
Finally, if you make a block you decide you don't
want to put in your quilt, you can just save it for another project. If
you get in the mood to make a particular block, you can make some, knowing that
it will fit in future projects.
As you become a more experienced quilter and want
to use harder
and piecework so well that it is easy to move to harder cuts and projects.
It is kind of like riding a bike with training
wheels. It takes a lot of the frustration out of understanding quilt
squares to start with easy measurements.
To the left is pictured a 9 patch grid. When you are finishing your grids at 2 inches,
that means all your squares will be cut at 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches raw. You
block will finish at 6 inches.
If you decide to replace two of the
grids with a rectangle, you are eliminating the
center seam, so all rectangles will be cut at 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches inches raw.
If you are just beginning quilting, be frugal and
take it slow and you won't get so frustrated or confused by quilting
measurement. Ocne you understand, it will become easy for you.