Monday, May 23, 2016

Mobile Apps for the Quilter

While taking Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s 15 Minutes of Play class, Elizabeth had to figure out the amount of fabric needed as setting blocks for her four large pieced 9 patches.  They are going to be on-point in a quilt top, so she needs large amounts of fabric for her blocks. 
Victoria recommended three free apps for the cell phone which could magically do the math for us.  They are all three created by Mary Kay Podlecki and they certainly did the trick. 

Quilt Ref includes the setting triangle feature so you know exactly how large to cut the triangles when setting your quilt blocks on point.  It also includes a chart of common bed sizes for quilters. 
Quilt Fab will help you calculate the binding and border fabric requirements for up to 3 borders.  It will also help with the amount of fabric needed for sashing, backing and setting triangles for a quilt set on point, the number of blocks to cut, and amount of fabric necessary.  Quilt Fab uses both inches or centimeters. 
Block Fab will help you visualize how 50 common blocks will look in your quilt layout.   It will help you determine the amount of fabric needed for each piece in your quilt layout. 
Try out these free apps and let us know how they worked for you. 

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