How Many Fat Quarters Do I Use?

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The number of fat quarters needed for various quilts will depend on the finished size, but even more importantly on the type of block chosen. Complex blocks may require more fabric as there may be more waste. Save scraps for future projects. This page provides some estimates and sources for determining the amount of fabric needed.


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March 15, 2007

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?

Thank everyone for any responses and/or quilt ideas you may have.

Nelwyn from Bunkie

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By tessie31 (Guest Post)
March 16, 20071 found this helpful
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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).


A good site for basics is A good quilter beginner book is by Mary Ellen Hopkins called "The It's Okay If you Sit on My Quilt Book". Not to expensive and she breaks down patterns and quick tricks for making triangle pieces. I love all her books they all have good advice and she is easy to understand.

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December 27, 20091 found this helpful
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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.


A full sized quilt is about 81 X 88 inches.
A queen sized quilt is about 88 X 96 inches; a king sized quilt is about 107 X 108 inches.

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March 20, 20070 found this helpful

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!

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July 20, 20182 found this helpful

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.


Crib: 8
Throw: 12
Twin : 24
Double: 30
Queen: 35
King: 42

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November 12, 20190 found this helpful

do you mean 12 packages of 18x22" bundles @ $6. = $70 for a crib or lap blanket?

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