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Monday, June 14, 2010

standard number of inches for pattern repeat?

first i had to laugh a bit, i read some of the most recent posts about accessing this page. something that i don't often do anymore because of the hassle. BUT then i have a question that i really need answered and can't find online so for the last 10 minutes or so have been trying to get in. whew! now i'm just hoping i've done everything right and this posts ;0)

i know that there is a standard "size" for pattern repeat when fabric is printed. i'm pretty sure that i have even heard that there are a couple of standard sizes for a repeat. it has to do with the size of the drums that are used for printing fabric. but my question is, what is/are that standard size? i kinda have in my memory bank ' 12 inches ' as one, but really am not sure.

hoping i can access this again for an answer!!! LOL!
dutchrose ---{-@


  • At June 14, 2010 at 6:08 PM , Blogger judy in ar said...

    I don't believe there is a standard repeat. It depends on the size and detail of the pattern in the print or the size of a plaid. That's why,in a stack n whack pattern say, they tell you to be sure you have the fabric it takes for 8 (or however many) complete repeats of the pattern part you intend to use.

  • At June 14, 2010 at 7:35 PM , Blogger Judy in Ohio said...

    Maybe there used to be a standard repeat but I agree with Judy in AR that there is no standard repeat any more. Some drapery fabric repeats can go up to 27 inches and with fabrics manufactured all over the world these days (except in the USA) I think you will find that printing drums vary widely in sizes.

  • At June 14, 2010 at 8:56 PM , Blogger Jane in NC said...

    Both responses are correct. Just use a measuring tape. Start at any arbitray point in the print and measure from that spot down parallel with the selvedge to the point in the print where you come to the identical spot in the print and that's the "repeat". I took the stack n whack class from Bethany Reynolds quite a few years ago and later messed up the cutting on my fabric. I've since purchased several 3 or 4 yard cuts of colorful prints that would be great with the technique and have never gotten round to doing one. Now I'm inspired and will get to it as soon as I can.

  • At June 24, 2010 at 6:47 PM , Blogger dutchrose said...

    thanx so much for your input. i was trying to do some math to figure how many yards of fabric i would need to do a project WITHOUT knowing which fabric i would choose. i knew my time in the quilt shop could only be about 15 min. max and if i could calculate ahead of time i could just find a fabric, measure the repeat, and know exactly how much i needed to buy. not so easy tho based on the answers here. so instead i've just opted to wait until next week when i will have half an hour and can figure yardage at that time. thanx for the help tho, this is such a great group!
    dutchrose ---{-@


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