Very often the size of quilt you make is pre determined by who you are making it for – there’s no point making aking size quilt as a gift for a newborn baby.
However, having decided that you want to make for example a single bed quilt, you then have to decide whether you just want to cover the bed, or have an overhang on each side. Do you want the quilt to be long enough to tuck under the pillow and fold back on itself?
I felt that the easiest way to list quilt sizes was to give you bed sizes and then you can add side overhangs (about 10″ each side is the average) or pillow tucks (add about 20″ on the quilt length). In point of fact, of course, my quilts often up a different size from the planned one because when the blocks come together I decide that a particular border would look just right, or putting sashing in would improve the look. That’s the beauty of quilting – every quilt is different and you can make your quilt to whatever size, shape or colour that you wish.
Crib quilt: this is normally around 36″ square. this is one that you can wrap baby in, put on the floor for her to lie on or cover her up when she is in the crib.
Cot quilt: around 28″ by 52″. there is some variation in cot sizes but this covers the more standard ones.
General everything quilt: one to use as a throw, to wrap around yourself on a cold winter’s evening, for a picnic. This quilt can obviously be any size but 60″ square is a great size because you can use so many different blocks to get the same size quilt. Each row could be fifteen blocks at 4″, twelve blocks at 5″, ten blocks at 6″ or 6 blocks at 10″, five blocks at 12″, four blocks at 15″. Plenty of choice for you there!
UK Bed Sizes
Single: 36″ by 75″
Double 54″ by 75″
King 60″ by 78″
Super King 72″ by 78″
US Bed Sizes
Twin 36″ by 75″
Double 54″ by 75″
Queen 60″ by 80″
Eastern King 76″ by 80″
California King 72″ by 84″
Dual King 78″ by 80″
If any of you have different bed sizes in your country, do let me know and I’ll add them to the list.
Spain Bed Sizes
I have been given these as the bed sizes in Spain in cms:
90cms, 105cms, 120cms, 135cms, 140cms, 145cms – these will be the bed widths.
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