When my youngest grandson was born, I had just finished working as the technical editor for Kim Schaefer‘s Quilts, Bibs, Blankies…Oh my! I knew I wanted to make the “Zoo Parade” quilt for him but I wanted to make a smaller size than the one shown in the book.
I did a little calculation and figured that making the quilt at 3/4 size would give me the size I needed. The finished blocks are given at 12″ x 12″ so I made them 3/4 of that size or 9″ x 9″. I reduced the appliqué blocks to 75% the original size and used 3″ (finished) squares to make the 9-Patch blocks rather than 4″ (finished) squares. I used the 3″ (finished) blocks in the border as well and made the inner solid border strips 1 1/2″ wide (finished) rather than 2″. Everything is 75% of the original. Now I had a quilt 36″ x 54″—a perfect size for a crib!
Remember that you can change the size of almost any quilt pattern that you see. The easiest way to do that is to make more or fewer blocks in order to get the size you want. Or sometimes you need to do some calculating to reduce the block sizes in order to obtain the quilt size you want. The main thing to remember is to work with the finished sizes of the blocks (rather than the cut sizes). It takes a little time and some thinking, but you can make any quilt into the size you need. Think of the freedom it gives you!