String Quilt Layout Guides

I’ve made some layout guides to help with planning a finished quilt.  So far, I’ve got layouts for twin and queen sized quilts. Get some colored pencils and plot out which colors and orientation you’ll use for each block. It’s a bit of extra work, but it’s better than going to piece together your quilt and realizing you’ve made an error. Remember that the blocks themselves are horizontal and vertical, and it’s the stripes that change orientation.

My finished quilts are larger than some other patterns that I looked at. Some other quilters recommend a size that’s pretty much the exact dimensions of the top of the mattress. I can’t see the point of that. Not only will it not cover the sheets, but once you’re under the covers, the sides won’t even cover your body. My sizes are large enough to hang past the mattress, and unless you’re really bulking up on blankets, you should be able to tuck it under the mattress. For queen sizes, it should be long enough to go over your pillows.

A twin layout is 12 x 18 blocks, for a total of

If using 6″ blocks, the twin size is 72″ x 108″, pre-quilting, and the queen size is 96″ x 120″, pre-quilting. Some twin mattresses are extra long, so if you’re making a quilt for one of those, add two rows to the length.


This is the layout for a twin sized quilt arranged in squares. If you want to change the size, make sure you keep an even number of blocks both down and across or else it will mess up the pattern.

twin square layout

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Here is the layout for a queen sized quilt arranged in squares. If you want to change the size, make sure you keep an even number of blocks both down and across or else it will mess up the pattern.

Queen square layout

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This is a twin size layout for a zig-zag arrangement.

Twin sized zig zag string quilt

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This is a queen size layout for a zig-zag arrangement

queen size zig zag layout

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