Help with Irish Chain fabric calculations please?

I'm trying to work out the amount of fabric I'll need to make a Triple
Irish Chain to fit my king-sized bed. There are a few websites with
patterns and cutting guides, but nowhere does it say what yardage of
fabrics to buy.
The main thing I want to know is: how much of the background fabric will
be required? Every time I sit down with a pencil and paper to try and
work it out, something happens to interrupt my calculations and I lose
my train of thought. This is driving me mad! MAD, I tell you!
Can anyone help, please?
(NB. I did buy the Irish Chain recipe book from Amazon, but guess what?
I put it somewhere carefully and now I can't find it! Hnnnnnh!)
Reply to
Trish Brown
From Eleanor Burn's Irish Chain: light: 3 yds, medium: 1 and 1/2, dark: 2 and 1/2. backing: 9 yds. finished size approx. 96" x 96". ( for 32 of block 1 and 32 of block 2). Oops! I see that is for 'double' and you said 'triple'. Bah. I thought I was being SOooo helpful. Maybe you put your book with one of the fabrics you bought? Polly
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Polly Esther
Trish, my pattern, too, is for a double irish chain but...for the background fabric for king - 103" x 116" to fit 76" x 80" mattress with a total of 84 blocks it calls for 4 yds of background. Again, for double chain it calls for (60) 1/8 yd pieces which, in this pattern includes an inner border of the same fabs so I think you might be okay just upping that a bit for a triple chain with no pieced inner border??? This on has narrow inner/outer borders (which are same background fabric) surrounding the 'chain' border. Then 4th & 5th borders at 1.5 yds and 1.75 yds. respectively at 4.5 and 5.5" widths.
Hope that helps.
Kim in NJ
Reply to
AuntK
Howdy! 6 yards.
See how simple that was? If you really like the fabric, you'll want at least 6 yards. You won't run short, and you can use the leftovers, if any, for "accessories", or on the back. Or get another 8-10 yards of that fabric for the back (king size). You just can't have too much fabric.
Good luck! Ragmop/Sandy - why, yes, I do like to have lots of fabric... ;-D
p.s. double the measurements & required amounts on this, and my math holds:
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Reply to
Sandy E
First we'd need to know where you are using the background fabric. Will i t be in the large squares only or used within the chains as well? (Sometim es quilters use the background so that the chains appear to float on the ba ckground or use it for the middle chain.) The smaller you cut the pieces t he more waste and seams you will have, so making the chain squares with 1 i n. squares will take a lot more fabric than if you had 3 in. squares. (Ex aggerating a bit for example only! LOL) If you find a pattern you like- using the background where you want it- use twin size requirements and doub le it. Then you can work backwards and see how much extra 'safety net' fa bric is included in the pattern's fabric requirements.
I have found most quilt patterns are really skimpy on the side drops on all sides- and remember the larger the quilt the more the quilting will shrink the original size of the top. Be sure you'll have sufficient quilt to c over your sheets/blankets on the sides and bottom plus over the pillows if you prefer that or for matching pillow shams, etc.
The prices you pay for fabric makes it very clear why you want an accurate estimate. I'd have to quit quilting due to fabric prices if I lived any wh ere besides the US! Sheesh.
Good luck!
Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
ish Chain to fit my king-sized bed. There are a few websites with patterns and cutting guides, but nowhere does it say what yardage of fabrics to buy. The main thing I want to know is: how much of the background fabric will b e required? Every time I sit down with a pencil and paper to try and work i t out, something happens to interrupt my calculations and I lose my train o f thought. This is driving me mad! MAD, I tell you! Can anyone help, please ? (NB. I did buy the Irish Chain recipe book from Amazon, but guess what? I put it somewhere carefully and now I can't find it! Hnnnnnh!) -- Trish Bro wn {|:-} Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Reply to
Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
I did a quick layout in EQ7. For the blank blocks only, about 5 yards. For blank blocks and chains 7 and 5/8 yard.
Maureen
Reply to
mwoz2
Oh my word! You guys are *brilliant*! Thank you so much for all the advice!
Yes, I do need to think which pattern I'll be using and yes, I need to decide how much overhang I'll be wanting. It seems to me, a purchase of at least six yards is in order. For this amount, I think I'll be checking out one of my favourite cyber LQSes in the US. I'm not spending $180 in one hit for one quilt!
Again, thank you all for the moral support. It's great to know you're there when I need you. :D :D :D
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Trish Brown

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