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Thread: Needing help for a Mathematically Challenged

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    Example: Whenever I see a (free) pattern online I really like, but I want the instructions shown as a 12" block instead of say, what it shows only in an 8", what is the best and easiest way of getting your pieces to measure out--once sewn together-- to 12" (or 12-1/2, incl. seams)?

    And, yes, I am very much mathematically challenged, so a very simple suggestion or method would be welcomed from all of you out there. Thanks bunch! :-(

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    Try using graph paper. It is probably the easiest way to draw out a block and enlarge or reduce it. :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by my3furryfriends
    Example: Whenever I see a (free) pattern online I really like, but I want the instructions shown as a 12" block instead of say, what it shows only in an 8", what is the best and easiest way of getting your pieces to measure out--once sewn together-- to 12" (or 12-1/2, incl. seams)?

    And, yes, I am very much mathematically challenged, so a very simple suggestion or method would be welcomed from all of you out there. Thanks bunch! :-(
    To get a 12" finished block from an 8" finished block take every pattern piece measurement, subtract the " seam allowance, multiply the result by 1, then add back the " seam allowance. (as an example, a piece with a pattern measurement of 2"x3" would become 3"x5" )

    To find out what to multiply by for other size changes, divide the finished size you want by the finished size of the pattern (for example, 12 divided by 8 is 1).

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    I should be so smart!!

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    The other option is to find the block at the size you want it to be already. Quilters cache is a good place to do that. They have tons of blocks already to print out. Why reinvent the wheel? LOL!

    http://www.quilterscache.com/

    I agree with amma ... If you are in doubt use graph paper. If you are mathmatically challanged, having a hands on pattern is probably best.

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    You can also take the pattern to your printer scanner - of to your local copy store and just plain reduce it there. Make a few copies. Then cut and measure each piece and add the seam allowances. Check to see if you like it.

    No Math!

    It is OK to have a finished block measure 8 1/4" as long as the sizes are consistent and it doesn't distort the pattern.

    Make it fun!

    ali

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    if you have one of the EQ programs you can make the pattern for 12 inch and copy all the lines onto the new block. Otherwise ask some one who has it and see if they can help you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    Quote Originally Posted by my3furryfriends
    Example: Whenever I see a (free) pattern online I really like, but I want the instructions shown as a 12" block instead of say, what it shows only in an 8", what is the best and easiest way of getting your pieces to measure out--once sewn together-- to 12" (or 12-1/2, incl. seams)?

    And, yes, I am very much mathematically challenged, so a very simple suggestion or method would be welcomed from all of you out there. Thanks bunch! :-(
    To get a 12" finished block from an 8" finished block take every pattern piece measurement, subtract the " seam allowance, multiply the result by 1, then add back the " seam allowance. (as an example, a piece with a pattern measurement of 2"x3" would become 3"x5" )

    To find out what to multiply by for other size changes, divide the finished size you want by the finished size of the pattern (for example, 12 divided by 8 is 1).
    Wow I love this answer! So simple, but I am not mathmatically challenged. I love mathmatical puzzles!

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    When I joined this board, I signed up for a daily email notification that provides a link to the the most viewed posts every day. I must admit that I have not used it for awhile, I just go directly to the board and spend way too much time.

    BUT, on Sunday there is always quilting related info and it just so happenes that today it's all about math / measuring etc - - - how timely is that???

    Hope this helps:
    http://www.quiltedparadise.com/n/077-uio.jsp

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    I am definitely not math challenged, but I still find that the quickest way is to draft it in EQ. I guess that's because I usually play with the quilt blocks in EQ anyway before starting a quilt.

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