Tips and Tutorials On The 22nd #15 (#TTot22)

As I was working on my blog post for Wednesday’s hop, I came up with a perfect tip for this week. I will have two charts for you; binding strips and mattress sizes. Two things I am always trying to figure out is how many strips do I need for this binding – 4 placemats on Wednesday needed binding, so I hope you enjoy these charts.

Binding strips:
This chart was made with binging strips in mind, although honestly you could use it if you were figuring out strips needed for other uses, like inner and outer borders. However, the formula is based on the traditional binding formula. The math is fairly simple – add up all the sides (perimeter) of your quilt. Take that number and add 10″ to to it. Then take that number and divide by 40. [Note: I always use 40 as the WOF – width of fabric – as it allows for removal of selvedges and any variances in width.] Simple enough but every time I do this I think, why don’t I have a chart by my cutting table with the strips I might need? Here is a table I made up.

I also decided it would be useful to know batting and mattress sizes while in my sewing room – and not need to pull up this information every time I thought about it. Here is a batting chart for you.

I have placed them both on a page, you can download below so you can print and cut and paste where you choose!

Last month, we had one link up. I honestly didn’t push as I was in the midst of a move but thank you, Yvonne, from Quilting Jetgirl for the great tutorial on Flying Geese. I already tagged a few folks I will pursue for linking up, but remind people if you see it – we are open until the end of the month! And, to find past tips see: Tips and Tutorials Menu on this blog OR Pinterest Tips and Tutorials Board.

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And, in further news, there is a great blog hop this week. Below you can find the folks publishing on Monday and Tuesday. Please come back Wednesday to see my link and the list for the end of the week.

March 22
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Selina Quilts
That Fabric Feeling
Days Filled With Joy
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Karen’s Korner
Homespun Hannah’s Blog
Crafts and Math
March 23
Life in the Scrapatch
Food for Thought
For The Love Of Geese
Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel
Karrin’s Crazy World
Sew Many Yarns
Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Coming Up on the Blog:
Salt and Sand Blog Hop – 3/24
Mariner’s Compass for SAHRR linkup – 3/29
In the Kitchen – 4/19
International Sisters Quilt Blocks assembled
12″ House Block/s

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  1. March 22, 2021 / 7:59 AM

    Thank you for the charts! You must love Excel like I do. 😉

  2. Lori Smanski
    March 22, 2021 / 8:59 AM

    Thank you for the charts. Now I wont have to figure it out every time.

  3. Sherry Bobak
    March 22, 2021 / 9:06 AM

    Hi, Kathleen. When I click the link to the binding and batting charts, it sends me to a page that tells me I don’t have a WordPress account. Is there maybe a different link? Thanks for your help. Can’t wait for your reveal for the blog hop.

  4. March 22, 2021 / 9:09 AM

    These charts are so handy to have at hand. Great idea, pulling them together!

  5. March 22, 2021 / 10:21 AM

    Hi Kathleen! I know I’ve said this before but the 22nd sneaks up on me every month. Thanks for the charts and combining them together makes it a quick and easy reference. ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. March 22, 2021 / 1:45 PM

    That is perfect!! I need to print them out to use, cause I never know what I am doing. LOL! And I forgot the tip I meant to link up, so will try to remember what I thought was such a great idea.

  7. March 22, 2021 / 2:06 PM

    Thanks for those charts, Kathleen! See you on the Hop.

  8. Laurel
    March 22, 2021 / 6:20 PM

    Great charts! Thanks so much!

  9. Nancy Bekedam
    March 22, 2021 / 11:01 PM

    Handy charts, Kathleen! We have to figure out how much fabric quilters need for binding all the time at the quilt shop. The funny thing is, once we figure it out and say “3/4 yard” or “5/8 yard”, they almost all say, okay, just give me a yard then!?!

  10. March 23, 2021 / 7:27 PM

    You are smart to put together these charts. I don’t know how many times I’ve done a search for mattress sizes… 😉

  11. thedarlingdogwood
    March 28, 2021 / 8:30 PM

    Great charts! I never thought about adding 10 before I divide by 4; I usually just round up but I have occasionally come up short. Great tip!

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