Below is some of the information that theCozyQuiltpatch.com site had previously offered on Quilting.
From a scrap to a quilt is how a friendship is built…
At one time this little spot on the web had been hosted for a long time and had a following of wonderful women that swapped quilts — there had been over 200+ quilters and even more swaps. They shared quilting fabric, blocks, lots of laughs and even some of their heartaches.
We wish the original owners the very best and would hope that some of the materials they originally offered can be brought back to the site.
They had free quilt giveaways! And, you have to remember how much work goes into a hand made quilt to realize the value of such a gift.
Much of the site was supported by donations that kept the site fresh and functioning. We hope NOT to ask for any donations.
We believe the original owner was Larisa Malone out of Buna, TX.
They had online quilt patterns that could be printed and prepped with Acrobat Reader 5.0.
This is what the owners had to say about printed quilt patterns, quilting and quilting techniques:
Have you ever printed out a pattern and forgot where you found it? Or, perhaps, you found a new chart, or something very helpful and had nowhere to store it? Well, I’m going to make things a little easier for you then, and here’s how. Post in our quilt forum and we will do our best to get the information you have or want and MAKE it available on our site. Girls… this was dedication!
What is a Yo-yo Quilt?
More properly called a coverlet than a quilt, the Yo-yo quilt is none the less a fun way to use up scraps. Made from gathered circles of fabric which are then whipstitched together into the top, the yo-yo’s go together relatively quickly and easily.
Here is How it’s Done
1. Determine what size circle template you will need. Lids from plastic margarine tubs or similar containers make great templates, as do those “free internet” CDs that come in the mail. Choose one that is suitably large, as you will loose about half the diameter when the fabric is gathered. A 4.5 inch lid or CD will make a 2 inch yo-yo. Make a few experimental yo-yos until you are satisfied with the size. A 1 inch yo-yo is cute, but you’ll need a million of them to make a spread.
2. Knot your thread and begin to fold down the edges of the circle about 1/4 of an inch, making a little hem, turning the fabric to the back, and sewing with even, short running stitches. Do not make backstitches. You will be gathering these stitches. Sew all the way around the circle.
3. When you have sewn a little hem all the way around the circle take the threads and pull on them to gather your running stiches. You want to pull the circle into a little puff or pouch, with the outer edges gathered together in the center. They will gather and leave a hole about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch wide, depending on the size of your original patch. This is okay.
4. Flatten down your yo-yo so it is centered with the hole in the middle. The outside of the fabric should be on the outside of the yo-yo. If it looks too tightly gathered, ease it out a bit until you are satisfied with the way it looks. Tie off your knot. The side with the gather and the hole is the top, “right” side.
5. When you have made a pile of yo-yo circles you can begin to assemble them into a “quilt” top. Place two yo-yos right sides together and whipstich along one edge for 1/4 to 1/2 an inch (depending on the size of your circle). Continue adding yo-yos in a grid pattern until the top is as large as you want it to be. There is no batting and backing involved in this project.
How to do a Row by Row Quilt
The only thing that you really need to focus on is how wide your quilt is going to be. The reason for this is as follows:
Example: Let’s say we want a 60″ wide, finished quilt, not including the borders.
1. We need to choose block size by each patterns width and add extra sashing if needed to fit into the 60″ across.
2. The height really doesn’t matter unless you want it a certain height as well. Remember, you will add strips between the layers so this will give you length as well.
Here are some blocks that will work great in a 60″ wide quilt. (these are finished sizes, so add 1/2″ for cutting measurements)
Without Sashing: (use numbers that are divisible by 60 without remainders)
5 – 12″ or 12 – 5″ finished blocks
6 – 10″ or 10 – 6″blocks
15 – 4″ or 4 – 15″ blocks
20 – 3″ blocks
30 – 2″ blocks (I think you get the picture)
or you can add some sashing in between to make up the difference if you want to use block sizes that will not go evenly into 60″. It’s just a little math work, so get out your paper and do some doodling.
3. Add anywhere from a 2 1/5″ – 4″ finished divider between each row to give separation. That part is up to you…. or just use 3″ as a happy medium.
4 After your rows are sewn, just place in the finished order and sew, and add your finishing touches.
Formula for Enlarging & Reducing Quilts
To enlarge: Say you want a 12″ block and the current size block you have is 6″. You would divide 12 by 6. That would equal: 2. Then you multiply 2 by 100 and you get 200. So your answer would look like this:
12 /6 =2 x100 = 200%
To reduce: If you have a 12″ block and your wanting a 3″ one you would divide 3 by 12 and you would get .25. Now multiply .25 x 100 and here’s your calculated answer: 3/12=.25×100 = 25%