Queen-size quilts are probably the largest size of quilts that most quilters attempt to make. Usually sized around 80″ x 90″, it can seem daunting to know where to start to make a quilt that size.
Check out these ideas to help you make a queen-size quilt.
The quickest and most simple way to make any size quilt is to use your favorite fabric precuts to make a classic patchwork quilt. Just two 42-piece layer cakes will create an 85″ square quilt using a 9-by-9 layout of the 10″ squares!
For a bit more interest, add some sashing between your squares. This is a good option if your layer cake has less than 42 pieces, or if you want a bit of breathing space between busy or similar prints as it provides a place for eyes to rest.
Add a border
Sometimes you might find the perfect pattern, but it does not provide a queen-size option. If you’re mathematically inclined, you may be able to upsize the pattern yourself. But an equally valid option is to add a border.
Adding a border does not just have to be more of the background fabric, or a solid. Make the most of the opportunity to use up some scraps from the project and create a pieced border! And remember, if you need an extra 10″ of width, that means 5″ on each side for a total of 10″, not 10″ on each side, so the scraps don’t need to be too wide.
A second border option is to double it up and add two borders — one skinnier and one wider. Using a solid as the skinny border and then a large-scale print for the wider border will help to let the print stand on its own apart from the blocks in the center of the quilt.
If you’re anything like me, chances are you have a few lone blocks lying around from a project you started but never did get around to finishing off. These don’t need to be turned into a little baby quilt, just add a large amount of solids to bring it up to a queen-size quilt! The negative space created will both show off your blocks in an interesting way, but also provide a great playground for practicing your free-motion quilting.
Utilizing negative space can also create a calmer quilt for your bedroom if a full design may seem too busy for your decor.
With these three quick and easy ways to make a queen-size quilt, you no longer need to be daunted by the measurements!
More queen-size quilt inspiration
Go big with blocks
Use super-sized quilt blocks to get to the queen-size measurements quicker!
Use your favorite quilt block over and over again to create an effective quilt design.
There are plenty of pre-cut friendly patterns for queen-size quilts, like the Spinner Majest Quilt kit, which uses Fat Quarters.