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quiltEstimate how much thread you need for your quilt

We often are asked "How much thread does it take to quilt a quilt?" It depends on the size of the quilt and the type of quilting to be done.  Everyone's technique is different so the following are only averages. Of course it is possible to use much more or much less thread. These numbers are for the top thread only. Double them if you use the same thread for the bobbin. The three sets of numbers following the size represent Light Quilting/Medium Quilting/Heavy Quilting.

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How Many yards? 

Quilt Size


Lap/Crib Size

200 yds. 400 yds. 600 yds.

Twin Size

400 yds.

800 yds.

1,200 yds.

Queen Size

600 yds.

1,000 yds.

1,600 yds.

King Size

750 yds.

1,500 yds.

2,000 yds.

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By: Bob Purcell