October 21 2022 – Lindsey Neill
I recently made a bed size Sparrows quilt (Finished size is 80 3/4" x 82") and wanted to share how I figured out the math for it!
DISCLAIMER: The following information is not a replacement for the Sparrows quilt pattern. I will share the amounts needed for each piece, but the pattern is still required for assembly instructions. You can purchase the Sparrows Quilt pattern HERE!
Alright, let's break this down! I'm sharing how I quickly figured out the math for this in case it's helpful for anyone else trying to enlarge another quilt pattern!
The Sparrows throw size quilt consists of 24 blocks. To add an extra column and row to the throw size, you will need an additional 11 blocks. 11 is almost half of 24 (Do you see where this is going?) so I simply took the total amount of pieces needed for each letter, divided it in half, and added that amount to the total. So, for example, (6) A pieces are needed for the throw size. Half of 6 is 3 so for the bed size you will need (9) A pieces.
(The extra row and column that is added to the throw size is highlighted in red above.)
And you might be wondering, does this mean I'll be making 36 blocks instead of required 35? So, yes, going this route means you'll have one leftover Sparrows block. I personally was fine with cutting for an extra block because that meant I would have extra pieces in case there were any mistakes along the way. And guess what? Those extra pieces did in fact came in handy later 😅
Still confused? Not great with math? 😆 Don't worry, a printable sharing the amounts needed for each piece is at the end of this post!
For the bed size Sparrows quilt I bought...
5 1/4 yards for the background
3/4 yard for each Bird's Body print
3/4 yard for the Beak & Tail print
3/4 yard for the HST's
1/8 yard for the Bird's Eye print
Because I had a few people ask what fabrics I used in my quilt top, I've linked to them below!
Cotton Couture in Cadet for the background
Essex Speckled Yard Dyed in Cream for the bird's body
Kona in Shale for the bird's body
Woven in Dust for the bird's body
Crawford Gingham in Navy for the bird's body
Add it Up in Earth Unbleached for the beak and tail
Kona in Bone for the HST's
Select the link below to download the bed size instructions:
DOWNLOAD THE BED SIZE INSTRUCTIONS
(I'll update this post with full shots of the quilt once it's finished!)
Thanks for reading! Have a question?
You can email me at PenAndPaperPatterns@gmail.com
Tagged: bed size, bird, free pattern, freebie, freebies, pattern, quilt, sparrows, sparrows quilt, Tutorial
Hi Lindsey – You are so generous with all you share with us. Can’t get to it right away, but can’t wait to add the patterns I don’t have for the sampler. And my bird quilt fabric keeps calling. This gorgeous one is so inspiring! You rock!
Love the sparrow quilt!
I cut out all my pieces for the quilt last week then I made one block, which I love!, I’m excited to make this quilt but it is set aside so it’s ready to go to my 5-day quilting retreat in Feb. It’s hard to wait but I will be busily distracted in the meantime. In making the test block, I determined I should be successful sewing in a distracting environment with 41 of my quilting friends. I’m thinking that, because you wrote the pattern to make multiples in each step, I hopefully won’t be clipping the wrong wing!