Welcome to Part Two of the Irish Stars Quilt Along. If you are new, welcome! Feel free to visit the IRISH STARS QUILT ALONG tab to get previous information.
Today we are talking Scale and Size. You have probably already chosen your base square size: 1-1/2″, 2″, or 2-1/2″. If not, please visit Part 1 for more information.
If you have quilted at all you know that somewhat surprising feeling of how much squares and blocks seem to shrink as they are turned into a quilt. That is because they DO shrink–the power of seam allowances.
The chart below may help you decide on a goal size for your quilt based on the size of your base squares. (Yes, I know it is a lot of numbers, but it is hopefully helpful numbers. If you find any errors or think of any additional numbers that would be helpful, let me know.)
# of blocks : Size of finished quilt top
|Base Square Size||Finished block size||Mini Quilt||Baby-Wall Quilt||Throw||Twin||Queen|
|1-1/2″||5″||9 : 15-1/2″ x 15-1/2″||49 : 35-1/2 x 35-1/2″||143 : 55″ x 65″||221 : 65″ x 85″||361 : 95″ x 95″|
|2″||7-1/2″||n/a||25 : 37-1/2″ x 37-1/2″||63 : 52-1/2″ x 67-1/2″||99 : 67-1/2″ x 82-1/2″||169 : 97-1/2″ x 97-1/2″|
|2-1/2″||10″||n/a||n/a||25 : 50″ x 50″||63 : 70″ x 90″||81 : 90″ x 90″|
You will NOTE that all of the quilts are an odd number of blocks wide and long. This is due to the chain effect with the alternating blocks. If you use an even number of blocks the chains tend to have an unfinished feeling. Of course, the sizes and block counts are suggestions only. You are free to change, modify or ignore as you see fit. Don’t you love the flexibility of quilting?!
I am using 1-1/2″ base squares and plan to make a queen size quilt. I do not suggest that you do the same unless you are a real glutton for punishment, or have a lot of 1-1/2″ squares lying around. 🙂
If you wish, leave a comment below letting us all know what size squares you plan to use and, if you have decided, what size quilt you plan to make. Remember, this is not a race and there is no time limit. I fully expect to be somewhere around 18 months finishing my quilt top. The idea is that we will check in with one another occasionally, maybe bi-weekly or monthly, and share our progress. We will encourage the tired and cheer the accomplishments of whatever size.