Isak’s Zoo Quilt

Kim Schaefer's Quilts, Bibs, Blankies...oh myWhen 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!

Isak's zoo quilt

The animal's bright colors add spark to this baby quilt.

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!

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5 Comments

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  2. kerry graham
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    So cute Carolyn! Perfect size for baby, Isak.

  3. Teresa Stroin
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    I love the blue monkey! ¡Muy mono!

  4. Ruthmary
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Oh my goodness! This is so adorable, as are all of Kim’s designs. Your adaptation is so smart, Carolyn, and easy to do with your guidance. I want one of these for when I am sick. It would make me feel much better. Oh, I forgot… it is supposed to be for little kids!

  5. Posted November 11, 2010 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    Lovely bright fun quilt.
    Happy days.
    Bev.xoxo

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