Create Your Own Scrappy Quilt
Posted on July 10 2019
To start off with, it's important you first understand the block we are making. It is the very simple nine batch block. All it involves is laying out nine squares of the same size in three rows and three columns, in any color combination you would like. This can be made using any size square you are comfortable using.
To figure out how many squares you will need for your quilt, you must first decide on the quilt size you want to make. Here are some standard sizes:
|30" x 40"||36" x 52"||50" x 65"||70" x 90"||85" x 108"||90" x 108"||110" x 108"|
*I have always used Suzy Quilts as a resource for sewing/quilting questions, which is where I found this size information that I use for a reference for most of my quilts. I encourage you to read her full post about it! The Ultimate Guide to Quilt Sizes by Suzy Quilts
Remember that there is no rule that says your quilt HAS to be any certain size. Once you know the measurements of the quilt size you are working towards, you can start to work on the actual size it will end up being and what it will take to get there.
Next question - what size squares do you want to cut?
You can be a little crazy like me and do something small like 2" or go a little bigger with something like 5" which also means less seams and a quicker finish! Just remember that when cutting out your squares, you will have a 1/4" seam allowance on all edges so your finished square will be 1/2" smaller in size than when you cut it out.
Now we are going to create one of your nine patch blocks to see how big each will end up being so that you can ultimately figure out how many you will need to create your quilt at YOUR size!
Let's go through an example of the quilt I created with 2" squares so that you can understand how I got there.
1. Take the finished size quilt you are aiming for and divide by the total size of the FINISHED block you will have for both the height and width.