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EQ7: Yardage Estimation for Quilt Backing

How to figure yardage for quilt backing in EQ7

These steps were written by EQ7 teacher/author Barb Vlack:

  1. Put your finished quilt design on the worktable and note the finished size. (For example, let’s say I have a finished quilt design that is 88″ x 108″.)
  2. Click on Quilt/New Quilt/Custom Set.
  3. Go to the Borders tab and set all borders to “0”.
  4. Go to the Layout tab and set the Center Rectangle width and height to be 6″ larger in each direction than the finished size of your quilt. (For example, for my 88″ x 108″ quilt, I’d set the size for 94″ x 114″.)
  5. You’ll need a plain, colored block to set into the quilt layout on Layer 1 (Country Set). Click Layer 1 > click the Set Block tool > right-click inside the palette > choose Add Plain Block > drag the block onto the quilt.
  6. Click the Adjust tool > click the plain block you just set on the quilt, to select it.
  7. Use the Graph Pad to set the size with the X and Y coordinates or simply drag the plain block to the desired size, keeping in mind the actual width of your backing fabric. (For example, assuming that my backing fabric is 44/45″ wide, I would set the size of this first panel of backing for my sample quilt to 40″ x 114″.
  8. Draw as many panels as you need to cover the quilt layout, using the Adjust tool and the Same Width/Same Height tool to position and resize.
  9. Save in Sketchbook and Save. Be sure to use the Notecard to label this quilt layout as the backing for a specific quilt in your project file.
  10. Click on File/Print/Fabric Yardage. …there’s your fabric requirement for your quilt backing!