I’ve wanted to learn how to quilt for a long time now. I want to make my daughter a full size quilt for her bed and decided now was the time to learn. I carefully researched a million “easy” quilt patterns and found a rail fence pattern that looks soooo easy. Let’s just start by saying I didn’t know you need a calculus degree to figure out how many squares you need for a full size quilt. What is wrong with me! I really don’t think I’m that stupid….but this thing has got me licked. I found a baby quilt pattern that has 30 squares (finished square = 7-1/2″) and finished dimensions of 43″ x 51″, so my mind thinks that 60 squares would be 86″ x 102″…double right? Does anyone else’s mind think this way? I found the standard size of a full size quilt is 77″ x 92″ so 60 squares should be more than enough right? Why do my calculations actually tell me I need about 110 squares to get the dimensions I need. I need 11 squares by 11 squares of the 8″ inch blocks – that equals 88″ x 88″ – so which is right? Do I need 60 squares or 110 squares? That is a really big difference we’re talking about…this is not just a few inches here. Well, I wish I had paid more attention in math class. If I get further on this project, I’ll show pictures, but right now my head hurts.