Don't assume a "queen size" pattern will fit YOUR queen size bed.
The quilt sizes listed on patterns are not consistent from one pattern
Designers follow no hard and fast rule (when determining the
finished sizes) that a large quilt should fit a bed nicely—i.e. that there is an even overhang off the sides, and it is both wide enough and long enough to cover the mattress.
What's a Quilter To Do...???
It all depends on who and what the quilt is intended for and...
...are you willing to adjust the block or sashing sizes and/or numbers to get the look you desire?
If it matters to you how your patchwork creation covers the bed because it is the focal point of the room, then you'll want to learn how to...
If your patchwork is intended for a specific bed, you'll need some or all of the following information.
We've got you covered!
There's a worksheet to print a bit further down this page to help you organize this information!
"Drop" is the portion of your quilt that hangs off the sides of your bed. Several things affect how much drop you'll need.
Many quilts are designed with borders on all four sides. Is this appropriate for your situation? Can you leave off the top border and add a row or two to make the quilt fit properly?
Many patterns don't include sizes that are designed with an even drop on the sides and bottom edge. If this bothers you, adjust the pattern before you cut and stitch.
We've prepared a worksheet or "cheat sheet" for helping you estimate the finished size quilt you'll need to fit a specific bed. Right-click to download a PDF file of our Worksheet for Calculating Quilt Sizes.
If you need to adjust the sizes of your blocks, check out our instructions for using a proportional scale (you'll be able to print one from that page).
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