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Thread: Fitting quilt motif into quilt space

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    Can anyone please tell me how to fit the quilt motif into your quilt "space" if you are not using a template? That is, if you have a design on paper, but not on a template? And what is the best marker to use? Thanks for your help.

    Pat



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    Hi Pat,

    A copy machine can be your best friend when it comes to changing the size of your motif... or paper piecing patterns as well. Measure the size of your block and the size of your motif. Then divide the block size by the motif size. This will give you the reduction percentage. For example, a 6" block and a 10" motif... 6 divided by 10 = .6 Move your decimal 2 spaces to the right & your reduction will be 60%. If the measurements were reversed, this would be the increase percentage.

    Clear as mud?

    Oh, I use water soluable pens for lights & tailor's chalk for darks... both wash out very easily.

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    I thought it was very clear and very helpful. I needed that!! Thanks.

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    Carla, you just saved me a pocketful of change the next time I need to reduce a pattern, LOL I felt like I was playing a slot machine by the time I got the size I was after, the pay off was Finally getting the right size :lol:

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    Thanks for the feedback... I'm glad I could help.

    One small detail is not exactly correct. I said "block size" in my example, which is a bit mis-leading. I should have said "quilting space" because not every motif should fill the entire block. Oh, & keep in mind that not all copy machines are equal, so you still might have to "tweak" the sizes just a bit to compensate for the machine you are using (but not as much as Amma's "slot machine method"... been there done that!!).

    8) 8) Stay cool!!! It's another HOT one!!

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    That's great information Carla. THANK YOU!!!! :D

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