Guide to Standard Quilt Sizes

Which size quilt to make?

Broken Circles Quilt

This is the Broken Circles Quilt

Hi lovely quilters!

I am back to share with you an infographic I hope you will find useful about quilt sizes. When I started quilting, I found it quite hard to find a website with the main, standard quilt sizes summarized and explained crearly. Now, after a few years of quilting behind me, I thought it a nice idea to create my own :)

Standard quilt sizes

I've mentioned the word "standard" a few times already but I want to clarify that these are standard for me and for some other quilt pattern designers and quilters. 

You will find other measurements out there varying just a few inches up or down and other graphics showing a few more quilt sizes. As my aim is to help the garment maker wanting to learn to quilt and the beginner quilter to feel more confident in their (your!) size choising process, I am sticking with the ones I think are more common :)

My own quilt patterns don't exactly fit within these precise measurements, changing just a few inches up or down.

Quilt sizes graphic

First half of the quilt sizes infographic

Baby size quilt

The Baby (30'' x 40'') is perfect for beginners wanting to make their first or second quilt (if the design is beginner enough). And why's that? Because if your aim is to do the quilting part yourself, you (and your machine) will be able to handle much more easily a quilt of this size.

The Baby size quilts also make great wall hangers.

Crib size quilt

The Crib (36'' x 52'') is just slightly bigger than the baby size, but as its own name describes, would cover a crib like a mini blanket. 

The crib size is perfect to make and give out as a present to expecting parents. I have gifted a few handmade quilts to friends with newborns along the years.

Novice Strip Quilt CocoWawa crafts pattern

This is the crib size of the Novice Stripe Quilt

Throw size quilt

The Throw (50'' x 65'') has a more decent size. You can use it for example to decorate a sofa or an armchair. It would be the perfect cosy blanket to watch a movie or take a nap. This size is still quite manageable if you want to quilt it yourself. If you are a beginner, I would opt for an easy quilt design that it won't take you much time to do.

Twin size quilt

Now, we are moving onto the last of the "smaller" quilt sizes with the Twin (70'' x 90''). This quilt size would work great for a single bed.

Cutting Corners Quilt sewing pattern

An example of a slightly smaller Twin size quilt

The big guys

Now, we are venturing onto new territory with the biggest quilt sizes out there and the fact that you will totally be able to make the quilt top but! you might need to send your quilt for quilting to a long-arm quilter.

These businesses are specialised in quilting quilts using either an edge to edge computerised design or a custom one, which is more expensive. There are many long-armers across the world, so search online for the one who's closer to you.

Double, Queen and King size quilts

As their names indicate, the Double (85'' x 108''), Queen (90'' x 108'') and the King (110'' x 108'') quilt sizes are great for any bed of similar definition. They can be quite challenging to manage regarding the quilting part (even just the piecing of the top can be a lot!) and myself prefer to send them to a long-armer to save time and maybe a couple of tears, hehe! ;)

Standard quilt sizes infographic

Second image of the infographic

Having said this, if you have the pacience and your machine behaves as it should, it can be an incredibly rewarding process.

Now, with all this information, you are ready to decide which quilt size is best for you. Have you tried any of these? Do these measurements sound familiar to you?

Thanks for reading and happy quilting!




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