How Much Fabric Does It Take To Make A Quilt?

Have you ever asked yourself that question? I know, the answer is “it depends.” Yes, it does depend on the size of the quilt you make.  Obviously a baby quilt takes less fabric than a King-size quilt.


This is a quilt my mother-in-law made.  The blocks are 18” square and the quilt is about 80” x 98”. It’s on my To-Do List to make one like it some day.

But did you know there is another variable which influences how much fabric you need for a quilt?  There is another factor that can cause one quilt to require more fabric than another even if you are making the same size.

The simple answer is that it depends on the pattern.  This has been beautifully explained by Diane Harris, an editor for Quiltmaker Magazine, and Blog Contributor.  Check out her observations on the Quilty Pleasures Blog post – Quilt Stuff Nobody Tells You: Yardage.

Diane explains how two quilts that are both 72” x 96” and have 12” blocks requires 6-3/8 yards for one and  15-1/2 yards for the other.  The reason might surprise you.

Million Pillowcase Sew-A-Thon 2015 – It’s September 18th, are you making any pillowcases today?  I’m busy, but will be working on my pillowcases next Thursday.

Happy Stitching!

Quilt Mouse

About Quiltmouse

I am retired. I love to quilt. I make charity quilts as well as quilts for my friends & family.
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1 Response to How Much Fabric Does It Take To Make A Quilt?

  1. Beautiful quilt made by your M-I-L. What a treasure!

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