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Thread: Enlarging without projector

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    I need to enlarge what I thought was a simple design but I found real quick it isn't :oops: It needs to go from ~4"x6" to ~16"x24." I can't take it to Kinkos (etc) because it's a licensed logo (I'm making a sports team quilt for someone locally). I thought I could sort of graph it out on the back of a roll of wrapping paper...oh my gosh, this is crazy! I see a projector on sale at JA's for $60 but that's really eating into my profits...

    Am I missing some simple method?

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    You could copy it onto graph paper then enlarge a piece of plain graph paper or make your own to the right size. Then it would be as simple as those drawings in a childs coloring book. Just number the squares across the top, letter them down the side and sketch in the drawing of what you want.


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    Check with your library about a projector

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    $60 for that projector on sale is ridiculous! i picked mine up from Clotilde's (on line) regular price $39...comes in very handy.

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    You can use the grid method. Draw a grid on the original, making the lines 1/2" apart. It's 4X6, so you would have a grid of 8X12 squares. You want to go from 4" to 16" so that's 4 times the original size. Now take a large piece of paper and draw the larger grid, which would be 2" squares.(take the 16X24 rectangle and divide it into 2" squares) Now take the little bit of the design in each of the 1/2" squares and transfer it to the larger square, going square by square. I looked for an example on line with pictures, but couldn't find one...

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    Scan it into your computer then open it in Paint and enlarge it there. when you print you can center on the page(s) and decide how many pages you want (print preview is available too).

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    Can you scan it & enlarge it on your computer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    You can use the grid method. Draw a grid on the original, making the lines 1/2" apart. It's 4X6, so you would have a grid of 8X12 squares. You want to go from 4" to 16" so that's 4 times the original size. Now take a large piece of paper and draw the larger grid, which would be 2" squares.(take the 16X24 rectangle and divide it into 2" squares) Now take the little bit of the design in each of the 1/2" squares and transfer it to the larger square, going square by square. I looked for an example on line with pictures, but couldn't find one...
    Yep, I tried that, this is one of those deals where a slight, like 1mm difference, often caused by how I hold pencil against the ruler expands to a major shape-distorting difference. I'm working with stacked stars if that tells you anything (wish I could share a pic but might be bad copyright wise...)

    I'm reading all replies, thank you!
    Just tried something, cut out one (largest) shape a couple times, going to trim each down on all sides equally & see how that works...might end up working with a ton of flimsy paper templates, ugh! I feel like I'm missing something really easy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    Can you scan it & enlarge it on your computer?
    One I haven't tried...let me give it a whirl.

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    good luck

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