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I am fairly new to quilting and would like to make a simple quilt for each of my daughters. My question is: how many fat quarters are normally used for a standard (full) sized bed? And how many for a King sized?
A full size bed quilt is usually around 54"x75", and a king is 78"x80". The amount of fabric depends on quilt design and waste you might have if cutting around certain elements in fabric. start first with a simple quilt such as a nine patch made out of 3" squares. 1 yard of 44" fabric will get you 108 squares that are 3.5" (remember seam allowance).
I'm new to quilting too and always browsing the internet for resources to help me.
I use this website to find information like this.
Then go to Fun Stuff; then Guides and Measurements.
I printed these out on cardstock and use them all the time.
I recently read that it takes about 30 fat quarters for a queen sized quilt and 40 for a king sized quilt; not sure about the double size, but I'd guess 20 or so since the above is increased by 10.
If this is your first (or nearly first) quilt, I suggest making a strip-pieced quilt and you will want to buy fabric by the yard - much more economical!
Assuming you are using whole pieces of 22 x 18 inch fat quarters,you will probably need 30. Below I have included the absolute minimum you would need for each size of quilt. This does not account for selvedges. This will give you starting point, but you will probably need a few more.
Twin : 24