Estimate How Much Thread You Need to Quilt Your Quilt

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Thank you to Superior Threads for this tip.


We often are asked how much thread it takes 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.
The three sets of numbers following the size represent Light Quilting/Medium Quilting/Heavy Quilting.

Laptop/Crib size quilt: 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: 700 yds./1,500 yds./2,000 yds.

These numbers are for the top thread only. Double them if you use the same thread for the bobbin.

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3 Responses to Estimate How Much Thread You Need to Quilt Your Quilt

  1. Nancy says:

    Hi. It depends on the weight of thread you use. This is what Superior Threads had to say about their threads:

    Bottom Line: 215 yds.
    Masterpiece: 148 yds.
    Brand X cotton: 71 yds.
    So Fine: 120 yds.

  2. Larry Bihlmeyer says:

    How much thread does one M-size bobbin (e.g. on HQ16) hold? This will help me determine how many bobbins to wind before I start a quilt. Thanks for your help.

    • Nancy says:

      Hi. It depends on the weight of thread you use. This is what Superior Threads had to say about their threads:

      Bottom Line: 215 yds.
      Masterpiece: 148 yds.
      Brand X cotton: 71 yds.
      So Fine: 120 yds.