Want to make the Giant Ginger quilt? I've got you covered!
When I was designing my new quilt pattern, Ginger & Jolly, I thought it would be so fun to make a giant gingerbread block. I've done this before with my Prissy Patchwork pattern, a large patchwork pumpkin that matched my The Prissy Patch pattern. There's just something fascinating about making large one block quilts. They go together quickly and are super cute. My original plan was to make the giant gingerbread its own pattern, but with the holidays approaching I knew I wouldn't be able to add something else on my plate. I know you all can relate. The holidays come quickly and are crazy, in a good way. After I released the Ginger & Jolly pattern I started to get requests for a giant ginger quilt. How ironic right? Since I was contemplating making one, in the beginning. After much temptation and thought, I decided that I still didn't have the time to write/make/edit/release an entire pattern for it, but I knew there had to be a way we could all make one without a pattern and by just using the original Ginger & Jolly pattern. After a couple of simple calculations and a few hours of constructing the block, I had made a Giant Ginger. It went together smoothly and I thought, I should share my process with you and what I did to make the Giant Ginger. I know it's not the same as having an actual pattern for the block, but it's the next best thing. If I have time and enough requests for an actual pattern in the future, I may consider writing a pattern for it. But for now, I hope you enjoy making the Giant Ginger quilt using my simple calculations.
I have broken down my process and created an easy to follow step by step guide for you to be able to make a Giant Ginger quilt. You can download the PDF below. This PDF shows you how to convert the cutting instructions from the Ginger & Jolly pattern into the cutting instructions you need to make a Giant Ginger block. The process is simple, but it does require many steps. You will be able to get a small glimpse into what its like to be a pattern designer. Many times, I will need to change a blocks size to fit where needed and this is the exact process I use. Ok, are you ready to get started?
Below are the simple calculations used (these are in the PDF):
1) Current Cutting Instructions - .5" = Current Finished Measurements
2) Current Finished Measurements x 3 = New Finished Measurements
3) New Finished Measurements + .5" = New Cutting Instructions
Simple right? Don't worry, you don't have to remember these.
You can use this technique and the PDF to scale down or up any block you need. You just need to know how large or small you want your block. For example, for the Giant Ginger I wanted it to be 3 x its original size from the Ginger & Jolly pattern. The quilt finishes at 49" x 63.5". The perfect lap throw. I felt like 2 x was not big enough and 4 x was way too large. If you would prefer a larger or small size, simple change your multiplier. In this PDF the multiplier is 3. Easy peasy!
Download the Giant Ginger click the file below. If you are not able to get it to download please try with another browser or on your computer before contacting me directly.
It's important to note, the Giant Ginger PDF does not have any cutting measurements other than the new border pieces you will need. As a reminder, you will need to purchase my new Ginger & Jolly quilt pattern in order to make the Giant Ginger quilt. You will also need a pencil and calculator.
To purchase the Ginger & Jolly pattern click HERE
I've also created a step by step tutorial on my YouTube channel to walk you through the PDF. You can check out the tutorial by clicking the button below.
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My Giant Ginger Quilt:
I made my Giant Ginger using the body of Ginger #3 on page 6 in the Ginger & Jolly pattern and the head of Ginger #4 on page 7. I also changed the arms to be the same fabric as the overalls on Ginger #3. It's easy to mix and match to create a one of a kind Ginger.
This Giant Ginger quilt makes the perfect gift for the holidays. It's also the perfect gift for children. A fun option you could do for a child is spell their name in the quilt top or even piece their name into the back of the quilt. I'm going to have to do that to mine.
The fabric requirements listed below are estimates and not actuals, because I don't know which Ginger Block you will be making. You may have left over fabric.
Note: Do not use buttons if gifting the quilt to a baby or child. Use applique or embroider the face and "buttons."
Background: 2 1/4 yards
Brown: 1 3/4 yards
Red & Green:
No overalls: 1/4 yard of any color would like to make for the bow.
Overalls: 1 1/4 yards of any color you would like to maker for the overalls.
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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!