Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Book of the Month March 2014: All-in-One Quilter's Reference Tool


It's time again for a new Book of the Month! This month we selected All-in-One Quilter's Reference Tool as our March 2014 Book of the Month. This book is a MUST HAVE for quilters, and is a great reference for designing your own patterns. We are giving a few away today, but do not forget the Book of the Month is 20% off all month!



The All-in-One Quilter's Reference Tool has been on Kimberly's sewing room bookshelf for years. When C&T Publishing decided to release a second edition, we couldn't wait to feature it as a Book of the Month! This handy guide has helped many aspiring quilt designers get their feet wet, aiding them with the dreaded quilt math that you will eventually grow to love.


There are many measurements and calculations that go into a quilt. What are the calculations for a half square triangle? How big is a standard twin sized quilt? How much backing/binding/batting do I need? With this reference book by your side, you will never wonder again.


Today we are giving away THREE copies of the new All-in-One Quilter's Reference Tool to three lucky winners. Are you a new quilter or a budding quilt designer? This book will help you along the way.

To enter, comment below on this post and let us know what quilt math calculations always trip you up. Winners will be chosen Monday, March 10. Good luck!

333 comments:

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Sally K said...

Good morning! Setting triangles always give me problems. It looks like the book would be very helpful.

Kerry Smith said...

Hi Kimberly, I always struggle with Flying Geese, they are my nemesis without a doubt!! This book could be the answers to my prayers!!! Kerry x

Sherry said...

Figuring the back of a quilt with a one-way design on the fabric

Jeanne said...

Flying Geese are tricky to me. This book would be great to have!

julie said...

Can't wait to see this book!

sandra said...

Measurements for half square triangles are always puzzling to me. :o(

Funky Kim said...

It all is a puzzle to me! I'd love to design my own quilts, but feel afraid to veer out of the already done patterns!

isispx said...

Binding! That's what I'm always trying to calculate. I'm also always trying to figure out how to use sets of fabric in the most economical ways.

Ranch Wife said...

What an awesome tool! I'm thinking every quilter needs a copy! As for me, setting triangles always give me fits, although it sounds like I'll be referring to a multitude of information in this gem. Thanks so much!

Kela said...

The question is what part of the math doesn't trip me up

Anonymous said...

I am no math whiz but usually figure it out.

Ruth

Anonymous said...

Always struggling with those hst's. this book would come in handy!
cpoot at telus dot net

Vicky said...

Backings. I always buy way more than I need, especially if it's directional.

Sue H said...

I finally figured out HSTs but flying geese elude me every time!

Lisa said...

HST give me fits!

Sandy said...

I always have a heck of a time trying to get the backing squared off with an extra 4 inches on each side. I know it is probably easy for most but it makes me cry.

Colleen M said...

You have to do math?

Thanks for the opportunity to enter:)

Sue said...

I always have problems figuring my backing fabric This looks like the perfect book for me :-D

BeachQuilter said...

I still rummage through papers to find my printed info on HST and flying geese, this book would help a lot!

jeanmarieg said...

Math has never been my strongest subject. Every time I cut, I measure and measure and measure again before doing the cut itself. Never confident with myself.

hedgehog52@yahoo.com

Debra said...

I have trouble figuring out the backing fabric. Thanks for the chance to win!

Gertie Pye said...

Any tool that does triangle maths for me is a winner in my book!!

Shauna said...

I struggle with all quilt math. I really really have problems with HST or QST.

Lydia said...

I would love to master Flying Geese!

Terri U said...

Most of the quilt math I don't have a problem with but having a good reference would be nice to have.

Colleen said...

HSt are my nemesis!

ittehgaps said...

Forget the mat., What really happens is...make a sample, then make a couple more resizes til I stumble upon the right size and find I didn't write it down so make another test piece to double check. lol C.

Archie the wonder dog said...

I have a habit of forgetting to add seam allowances when calculating the strips needed to make a long stretch of plain (i.e. unpieced) border - I seem to forget that those three pieces need to be joined together before they can be attached to the quilt! I now draw a diagram and put arrows either side of the seam lines so I know to add 0.25" on for each arrow - sounds daft but it works!

ittehgaps said...

Forget the math. What really happens is...make a sample, then make a couple more resizes til I stumble upon the right size and find I didn't write it down so make another test piece to double check. lol C.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful, need one of these for quick reference.
debilohr at sbcglobal dot com

Tracy said...

How about everything! I need help! I just stumble my way thru right now and that really isn't good! I could really use this!

Debbie said...

To avoid having to do ANY math, I just chose a pattern and make one of the sizes included. I even ask the people at the LQS if the fabric choice I have made will look okay in the pattern.

Jo C. said...

Its those dang Flying Geese and setting triangles...argh! Thank you for a lovely giveaway!

Marianne said...

Bias binding calculations!! YIKES!

joanold said...

I always struggle with what size square to cut to make the triangles in a 'Square in a Square' block.

Jessica Lutz said...

I'd love this reference book. I'm new to quilting but like trying new things with each quilt....it would certainly save me some time to have this handy reference guide

Anne D said...

Wow the book looks great. I always have trouble working put how much fabric I need for the backing. Thanks for the chance to win!

knottygnome said...

figuring out the total quilt size for 60 degree triangles or hexagons trips me up sometimes. thanks for the giveaway!

Jeanie said...

I always forget the HST formula to make squares. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

that looks neat! I am a quilter of 30 years now but always looking for things to help me I can never remember the how to's for setting triangles and other things.

Renee said...

Anything other than 90 degree angles, haha.

Samantha Scherer said...

This books looks like the perfect thing for me! I am new to quilting that usually call my friend but having this handy would help. I am a visual person and need to see the pictures!! It would be awesome to win!

Debi Horne said...

Any kind of triangles! For some reason I just can't get them right. This book sound great.
Thanks for the chance.

Debi Horne
debihorne54@yahoo.com

Carmen N said...

I'm a beginner and it's all still a puzzle! I tried making a pencil roll a couple months ago - and forgot to calculate in the seam allowances!

Lee Ann L. said...

I struggle with calculating yardages for so many blocks.

Jenny said...

My maths errors are calculating blocks when increasing quilt sizes. I usually add a row to the length and miss a row on the width. This book might just cure it for me

Krisnr said...

I am in the growing stage and need all the help I can get. This sounds like a grand addition! Thanks for the opportunity and the information.

M.W. said...

I would love to win this great book. I know it would help me with pattern design
Thanks for the chance to win.
Shawn

Christine M said...

Calculating how much fabric to buy is always a bit tricky. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

Linda said...

HELLO,how neat is this book! I manage the math,but can't remember it,so end up re-figuring most of the time! Thanks for a neat giveaway!

cobaltt16@yahoo.com

Southern Gal said...

I've only used tutorials and pre-cuts so far. I would feel like I could tackle my own design if I had this book. Thanks for the chance.

Katy Cameron said...

Triangles are often head scratching for me, I never think terribly efficiently when upsizing.

Thanks for the chance to win :o)

Keera Job - live.love.sew pattern co. said...

If quilting didn't have so much math it would be perfect! It's the second-guessing measurements that gets me every time!! I think it's right, I make a plan to cut... And then re-work the calculator again! Thanks for the chance to enter - this book I'm sure will help with quilting perfection! Keera x

soyee said...

Sounds like a great book. I get confused with half square triangles and binding, so I just go go go and then sometimes wrong.

Karin said...

I always screw up the backing fabric measurements. There's a reason all my baby quilts are 40" wide!

Addie Polston said...

I struggle with counting yardage most

Kori said...

I am the WORST at any sort of math so I would say that they all fluster me

Elizabeth said...

I'd love a quick, easy reference for corner setting triangles for blocks on point.

ejpkam said...

I actually enjoy the math part! Crazy I know

Debbie said...

Always need help with all calculations....beginner quilter here!

Fiona Tully said...

HST and mitred corners!

csburns said...

I can never remember the sizes and formulas for things!

Carol said...

Triangles definitely get me.

Kat said...

Triangles always throw me.

Alison Aiton said...

This would be so helpful. I'm HOPELESS at math, and often have to redo things when working on quilts.

Maverick + Tillie said...

I am terrible at math, so this would all around be helpful!

sskcraftshop @ Hooks, Needles and Brushes said...

I hate calculation of HST..so I prefer simple jelly roll or charm square quilts...would love to win.

Karen said...

When the measurement is 3 7/8 or 2 7/8, something with a 7/8 on the end and I have to cut that or whatever. I usually just go up 1/8th and then cut off the excess.

jreyno00 said...

Translating a pattern from a lap to a larger size. I think I get everything correct and in the end, not so much.

K.M.K. said...

This looks like a wonderful reference for quilt making. Triangles are usually a nemesis of mine ;^)

Thank you for the chance to win this wonderful book.

Bonnie Pfrimmer said...

Half square triangles are hard for me to figure out. This book will help me. Math wasn't my favorite subject...

crafty prance said...

I'm new to quilting, so I need a reference just to figure out what we're talking about!

Margo Jacques said...

I am just a beginner... So I need help with everything. I have to run to the computer all of the time to google how many squares I can get or how much yardage I need. This book will put everything right at my finger tips.

betty drake said...

Looks like a great reference book to have

Denise said...

hst usually give me a fit along with yardage calcuations

Ashley said...

Triangles! I'll design a design on graph paper and then get tripped up figuring out how big I actually need to cut the triangles (or really, anything that's not a rectangle or square)

Kellie Stines said...

What a fabulous resource for us new quilters!!

Marzetta said...

I must have math anxiety... triangles, geese and the like give me heartburn but o do I love them;)Any help would be awesome:)

Wendy Iris said...

I am an engineer so math isn't the issue...but sometimes having a reference just in case. I am always in the market for a good reference tool.

carla said...

Hi!!! This is my second year in quilting and the bindind is very difficult for me...but so far so is so many other things!!!! Would be great to have this book!!!! Thank You

Jeannie Gan said...

Corner triangle and flying geese are my biggest fear. This book will be a good asset to have.
jchiagan at yahoo dot com

Susan Smith said...

Wow, I can't think how many times I've wished I had something like this! For setting triangles, half-square triangles, quilt sizes, etc! I'd LOVE to have this! Thanks for the chance to win.

Betty T. said...

This would be very helpful!! Having a BA in English,
I was never great in geometry which causes problems when I quilt. Thanks for chance to win!!!

Stephb123 said...

I have a hard time calculating binding.

crazie mazie said...

I'm a newbie to quilting and this book would be a big help. I hope I win!

Di said...

I am still learning piecing, and HST's are particularly challenging.

Pam said...

Flying Geese and side/corner setting triangles!

Bridget Jane said...

I struggle with figuring out how to turn a small quilt pattern (like baby sized) into a large quilt (like king or bigger!) and how much fabric to buy for the larger size. I also struggle with figuring out how much backing I need.

Linda said...

Oh my yes! I need! Setting triangles are the worst! Never can figure out what size triangle I need to fit with squares on point.

pkrueger said...

I usually use a pattern, so would love to have this book to venture out of my comfort zone.

Lynda McCullough said...

Triangles! They get me every time.

Julia said...

I always get stumped when I need to do the triangles for settings or for square in a square! Usually I cut my triangles overly large and trim to size. Thanks for the chance to make life easier by giving us the answers!

InkyTonka said...

ANY triangle is my nemesis, which is why I need this book!

Teresa Stanulis said...

Half-square triangles are what I need help with. I've been making up my own patterns, just winging it and it would be helpful to have this reference book.
tstanulis@mac.com

Megan Irish said...

Flying geese! I've never done square in a square block before...so maybe that one too.

Anonymous said...

Jan at jcmcenter@msn.com

I have trouble with calculating fabric for bias binding and HST.

Samantha said...

Like many others, I would probably use this book for HSTs and Flying Geese!

Sigi G said...

This month marks 1 year since I started to sew 'blocks' and...I can't stop. I've already filled 4 binders with patterns and pictures for future projects.
Calculating diagonals are my hardest so far.

Josie Schmucker said...

I have a hard time on how to figure out how much fabric I would need to make a quilt bigger than the pattern is written for, I always seem to want to make them bigger!

punkcutie said...

I'm a beginner so it is all pretty challenging for me!

cjmont said...


i always have trouble figuring yardage for sashing and borders. thanks for the giveaway.

Margareth Hughes-Odgers said...

Hst always get me

Kolleen said...

Matching 1/2 square triangles to squares.

Jackie said...

This book looks terrific! This is a must for any quilter's library!

kim p said...

I am hoping this helps me with my triangle piecing. Plus I always seem to end up short in buying the right amount of fabric. Can't wait to check it out.

Patriotmom said...

I always need help with Math this looks like a fabulous reference guide!

Denise said...

While math rarely trips me up (I have a degree in a Mathematics), it definitely saves time to not have to calculate everything yourself.

Tiara said...

half square triangles are my nemesis when it comes to final sizes!

Chelle (Dana) said...

Flying geese and setting triangles give me problems.

Willa said...

With a degree in math, I would be loathe to admit that I could not figure what I need. I can and do but always add a "chunk" more of fabric to be sure!


Would love to own a copy and not have to scratch it all out on the back of an envelope.

Brooke said...

Hst

kbo said...

For me, the hardest quilt math situation is how to create backing larger than the quilt top.

Margaret said...

Math is my nemesis, period. I freak out if I have to figure anything out on my own. This book would be so handy to have!

Melanie said...

Setting triangles when I place blocks on point. This book looks great!

OhSewFun said...

What an awesome book to have. I only work with patterns that I don't have to do the calculations. This would help in doing my own designs. I'm a regular customer so while I would love to win it I will also buy it if I don't win.

Anonymous said...

I have trouble with flying geese,this would be a wonderful reference book for when I am just not sure of my figures,Thsnks for a chance to win one

Karen Thurn said...

Math has always been a nightmare for me. I squeaked through college math and then became a mom whose kids had to stop asking math questions by the fifth grade. Now with quilting, I often need help. This book would be a great help for me.

Laurel said...

Triangles are hard for me as in HST, setting triangles, and flying geese. This book looks amazing.

Karen M said...

OMG. Setting triangles and corners. I never get it right. I really need this reference book.

Anonymous said...

I tend to cut a little larger than needed and trim down to the correct size - like with HST. Looks like a helpful book.

Orange Rose said...

Quarter inch seam is my biggest challenge...would love to have a copy of this book

Redfinch said...

I like to make bias bindings, and keep misplacing the dog-eared photocopy of a friend's book page that she gave me years ago. It has a chart on it telling you how much fabric you'll need for the length and width of binding you want. This book would be a lifesaver! Ruth in FL

Jane S. said...

That whole 7/8" thing for triangles throws me every time! I just don't understand it. Why not add a whole inch and then trim down? That's what I always end up doing. :)

Anonymous said...

The 3/8 and the 7/8 get me. I would love this book and then I could leave my friend Gail alone!!!!

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

Looks like a great book! Setting triangles get tricky and for some reason I screw up quilt backs (which really shouldn't be complicated).

quilt nana said...

Don't think I am stupid, but figuring the fabric for the backing without waste is hard for me

valerie clinansmith said...

I think my worse problem is figuring out how large of a square to make to do bias binding

Marti Taylor said...

Flying geese are the bane of my existence, at least that is the way if feels sometimes. Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous resource!

TexPat said...

If it's math, I have a problem! Thanks for the chance to win.

carolann said...

Setting triangles are a mystery to me. Carolann427@aol.com

Donna said...

Setting triangles drive me crazy!

DH said...

Changing block size to something different than the pattern; especially blocks with numerous pieces.

Laura B said...

I don't know how to scale a quilt block up or down to fit a project. Hope this book will help.

Happy Quilter said...

I gotta have one!!!

MJF said...

How much fabric is necessary for the backing and how to lay it out.

jan said...

ALL of them! lol. I hate math.

leanne said...

there are a couple of calculations that I always have to look up - half square triangles in particular ! thanks so much for the chance to win this handy book and for the special for those who don't win !!

Debbie said...

How many strips or squares of a certain size I can cut out of a specific fabric size(yardage, jelly strip or fat quarter). Would be nice to have a one spot go to source. How many five inch squares can I cut from a yard of fabric!

Craftluver Marianna said...

Oh many as metric is my countries system but many patterns are in English measurements. And I love designing quilts and give them away as free patterns. But it is more difficult to design both ways and still be accurate. I always rewrite my patterns so English speaking people can use it too. I am from the Netherlands. Hugs,
Marianna B.

Tamie said...

Setting Triangles!

Deborah DeBerry said...

All to a certain degree give me pause, but the three that really cause me problems are the half-square and quarter-square triangles and then the square in a square. I may never design anything, but I sure would love to know how to figure the math! Thanks for the chance to win a great helper!!!!

tmmw said...

Oh my, a book that would help me with flying geese? Wonderful!! Of course, I'm sure this book is chock full of great quilty things!

Katie said...

Figuring out yardage always sets me back! This book looks wonderful for my quilty projects.

Dorothy said...

Well, as a new quilter, I am relying on someone telling me the measurements, but I just learned about the magic 8 for HST, now if I could just figure out how to figure those out! :) this book looks great!

Karen said...

Any help with math would save my time. More time for sewing ...Yay!

Dana said...

I don't mind doing the math...most of the time..however, having it all laid out in a book would be fabulous!

millieruth said...

I need this!!!! Would love to win it.

NaNa Jan said...

I am so excited about this quilting resource. I need all the help I can get. :) Luv your blog :)

Peggy Moller said...

When I am adding half square triangles.

JoyceLM said...

Calculating pieced borders gives me problems. Thanks.

sweet-labbs said...

I am a confident beginner, but always confused HST, if I want to my finished size to be XX, then cut my square YY?

Melissa Miller said...

I use the Robert Kaufman app for some calculations. This looks pretty darn handy!

Margaret S said...

I always mess up the first half square triangle

Janarama said...

Math is definitely not my forte, so I would have to say all calculations. LOL I would call myself an intermediate quilter.

Alyssa Lynette said...

Math was most definitely my weakest subject in school, so I struggle with just about all aspects of quilt math. This book would really be a great reference for an arithmetic anxious person as myself. Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity!

Heather said...

I struggle with figuring out how to change the sizing on a quilt block!

GranChris said...

I have trouble when I want to put on strange borders like braids or on point squares. I know I will need a spacer but can't figure out how wide to make it. I'm usually off so I make it bigger and cut it down.

GranChris said...

I always have trouble with odd borders like braids or on point squares. There is that pesky spacer.

Lorraine said...

Flying Geese are definitely the problem for me.

Ether Bourn said...

I'm a newer quilter so I struggle with just about everything.

BonnieN said...


Setting triangles always leave me wondering,and quarter square triangles! This book looks very helpful. We all need help!

Loretta said...

Pretty much all of it!

Sorcha girl said...

The challenge for me is to reduce a block so that the quilt will not be "huge", which would be difficult for me to piece at the kitchen table. Geometry was not my best subject. Thanks for the giveaway, Fat Quarter Shop!!

Tabitha Keener said...

I'm brand new to quilting so pretty much most of the calculations trip me up. I'm not very good at the piecing or cutting yet, I always come out wrong. Thanks

tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

Miggsie said...

I'm a newbie quilter so I'm still learning all the math. Sounds like this book would be a very helpful resource!

sofen said...

I am new to quilting, so this book would be perfect to me! I have soooo many questions!

jachelno at gmail dot com

Mary W Quilts said...

Setting triangles and half square triangles. Thanks for the giveaway. Mary

Marca said...

I can do most of the math, but it is easier and quicker to have a book or pattern do it for me. Probably more accurate too.

llavmc said...

I would love to add this book to my quilting library. Thanks for the chance to win.

sunny said...

LOL! All math. Probably setting triangles are my worst. I just cut them huge and go from there.

Mary Davis said...

A quilter's all-in-one guide, if only I knew it was available sooner. I am always ending up with too much, or not quite enough fabric and working out those triangle calculations sets my head spinning like a pinwheel.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Need a guide for how wide to cut bias fabric for double fold binding to finish at the right width!

Jo said...

Since everything that has to to with math drives me crazy this is a book I desperately need!

gailss said...

What a great book and am sure this would be quite useful. Yes, I am one of those who can not remember what to add to make certain blocks and would be very good to have......

Design Originals by KC said...

I design these blocks now "by the seat of my pants"... would love this for a reference EVERY DAY! thanks for the chance... esp qst's :) Kathi

Stitchgirl78 said...

My biggest challenge is calculating the correct size half triangle to pair up with a square........always stumps me. This is an awesome little guide offering lots of information in one handy reference. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I am totally math challenged! What a great book!

Kelley said...

I'm so new to quilting, I didn't even know we have to calculate anything! Yikes! I REALLY need this book!! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!! :)

Lisa C said...

Thanks for the chance to win. I'm a relatively new quilter so I've been sticking to patterns mostly but this would help me jump off and take a little bit of this and a little bit of that and turn it into something new for me. Thanks!

liniecat said...

This book sounds to be a real stand by!
Geometry always foxes me lol so it would be ideal for me, please! : )
Lyn

Elaine said...

cutting squares for half square triangles!! I don't do eighths very well!

Garilyn S said...

Figuring out the finished size of a block.

Michele T said...

Alrighty!! This is a book that I know would be my bible... I am always going to google to figure things out especially calculating triangles!! Thanks for the chance... crossing my fingers!

Sewing Mom said...

I would love to win a copy of this book! Thank you. I know that getting that 1/4" seam exact can make a difference in your quilting...I guess that is what trips me up most.

Susan P said...

Sometimes I like to resize a quilt pattern and figuring out those triangles are always a problem. With this book I'd save lots of money by buying only the fabric I need.

LKimmell said...

oh my, HST and flying geese for sure.....this book looks so helpful to new and old quilters alike...thanks for the opportunity to win one!

Maureen said...

Binding and backing math always challenge me -- especially backing in a directional fabric.

Barbb said...

Setting triangles can keep me from setting blocks on point.....there are some days that the math can take away the joy in sewing!

Anonymous said...

I have trouble with half square and quarter square triangles, but I would love to win this book to give to a niece who is getting into quilting and is having trouble withal the calculations required. I think this book would be a blessing for her.

koberg said...

Don't know why I marked anonymous - can't win that way

Leeks and Other Things said...

I am a new quilter as of 2013 and have limited myself to precuts and beginner patterns because I don't know how to figure the yardage needed. Would love to expand my learning!

Margaret said...

It's calculating the HST that is challenging for me, because I never feel confident that I've calculated the correct size.
btw, I really enjoy your Snippets videos. Even though I've been quilting for awhile, I often learn something from these videos.

Nancy said...

I've only done a few quilts, so any help with measuring would be great !
thanks

Audrey Baker said...

I am a vary beginning beginner and would use this book to determine how much of each fabric I would need.

Jan Baker said...

I would love to be able to figure out what size triangles I am going to end up with instead of guessing and it would be wonderful not to end up with enough fabric to make two more quilts after I finish one. Wait a minute, that's not always bad my stash looks great.

Diane Baldwin said...

I am always trying to fit together odd sized blocks and when piecing I have just been making things bigger and them trimming them to the size I want. This book would save on fabric!

Densews said...

Good to have a quick reference when doing something I haven't done in a while or something new to me. This book sounds great.

Karrie S said...

I could really use a book like this!!! Thanks for the chance!

Peggy said...

I'd love help to calculate fabrics for 60° block quilts
sure the reference tool will come in handy any way
Peggy

Marcia Johnson said...

I am so new to quilting that I don't know what trips me up the most yet. I can use all the help I can get and this looks like a great resource!

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