Not everyone is good at math, myself included. Today I find myself working on a project. It is to be a group quilt and hopefully will be displayed under the group’s category of the 2020 Festival of Quilts show in memory of Shelia Butcher – Grandma Quilt – who was a very talented quilter and fabric tutor.

We are each going to do a panel, consisting of whatever we want within this size. The issue is what size we will be doing to suit everyone.

I cannot math, so my answer. Masking tape on a cutting mat or carpet, if you have no cutting mat or the mat is small. Books and patterns are great if you are following them, but I do not always want to make large sizes.

The common length my friend and myself have agreed upon is 24.5 inches, with this in mind I made myself some blocks. Using paper I measured out three blocks; six inches, nine inches and twelve inches. These are finished block sizes, the blocks will have an extra half inch at the start allowing for joining.

Others in the group can use any block size or design they like as long as it fits into the panel size – once we finally decide on a size – the area may include a mix of blocks or be one whole cloth quilt.

A Matter of Masking Tape.

Using the 6-inch block –I gave the colour green – I measured out the area of where the blocks would sit and marked the tape with the block colour. To fit the length of 24.5, it would require four six-inch blocks. I marked up to see what a further four and a further four again would look like, thus, giving me a height of 18.5 inches, overall twelve blocks.

I did the same again for the nine-inch blocks – blue marks – and found that within a similar area I could get four nine-inch blocks, with extra room for boarders.

The twelve-inch blocks – marked red – worked out as two per the area with boarder room.

Magic Carpet.

This is not for the group quilt but for demonstration ideas only.

I marked out a random area on my carpet for a small quilt I would like to make, roughly that size. I have not measured the area before hand. As I want it to be random so I do not know what I am going to get. That and I cannot math anyway so would have no idea how to work it out even if I did.

Using my nine-inch block – decided I wanted that size – and marked a row of tape from the inside edge of the square down to the bottom of my area.

I carried on doing this until all the vertical rows were marked out; it gave me four rows and an area spare for boarders.

I then did this for the horizontal rows, which gave me three and a small area spare for boarders.

If I did not want boarders, I would have either to stick with four by three or go bigger by an extra row to get roughly the size I wanted.

Once I finished marking out the area, I measured it, just out of interest, 29 inches by 39 inches. Thus, allowing for twelve nine-inch squares.

These methods are not the easiest to mark out if you have back issues or are they the simplest of ideas. They may or may not work for you, but I am a visual, kinetic learner and they work in part for me. I thought I might share in the hope they might work for some of you as well.

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