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Thread: Are there any quilting apps?

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    Are there any quilting apps?

    I've just won an ipad!

    Are there any Quilting or sewing apps for my new toy?

    I never thought I would have an ipad, so I am truly clueless about these things...

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    Well, I have an iPhone and there are apps for it to help me locate quilt shops!!! I'm sorry I don't have a clue about the iPad and I'm technologically challenged too!!!

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    Yes, I have several, but can't say that I use them much. When you go to the App Store put Quilting in the search box. Hopefully, others can let us know of quilting apps they actually use. What I DO use my Ipad for is downloading PDF files with project instructions to take to my sewing machine (I don't have WIFi in the house so my PC is nowhere near my machine) You need a PDF reader for this, I have GoodReader.
    The other thing is for sketching blocks and/or doodeling (sp?) quilting patterns. For this, I like Penultimate. I also use Calc&Draw, which is a sketch pad with a built in calculator (duh)I can sketch something and then calculate the number of blocks or yardage. I know that there are dedicated quilting apps that will do the calcs, but for me this is much easier. On both the draw programs, if I come up with something I want to keep, I can save it for future reference. I have the original with no camera, but I would really use that to capture ideas!
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    Woo hoo!! I love my I-pad!!

    I have one quilting app ... but there are more. Mine was a free one called "BlockFab-HD"

    The one I have has several different blocks you can choose from (perhaps 50). You can change the colorway in the block to see what you like (about 20 different choices), it gives cutting directions for each block including yardage.

    You can place the block in a quilt, tell it how many blocks across and down - and it will again give cutting directions and yardage.

    You can choose two different blocks and either pair them together (block A next to block B - and so on), or "combine" them (block A inside block B - and repeat through the quilt) and again cutting directions and yardage.

    In the quilt view - you can drill down on the cutting directions for each piece of the block (for example "cut 48 half square triangles) and it will give cutting directions (cut 2 strips 2 7/8 wide, cut 1 2 7/8 squares from each strip, cut each square in half on diagonal).

    You can change the colors on the quilt view as well as the block view.

    You can add sashing as well (I don't think you can get cutting/yardage on the sashing - I think it's just to show you what it would look like).

    Oh, you can also convert from inches to metric.

    I would love to be able to choose my own colors individually - but the colors are just "combinations" that you can select. It does give you an idea how it looks in blues - or light vs dark in each piece of the block.

    It's a neat free program that is OK for getting ideas like secondary patterns from two different blocks, or colorways - but it's not a program I would rely on to design a whole quilt.

    I purchased this one a few years ago, have not looked for quilting app's since then. There might be better ones out there now.
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    OMG ... you prompted me to look at new app's for quilting. There are soooo many now ... most of them are magazines, but Superior Threads has a thread chooser, and I might just grab some of the magazines too.

    Wanted to add ... I normally pay quite a bit of attention to the reviews for each app before I download them - I've found them to be on target.
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    I use QuiltCalc by Kaufman quite a lot. It will tell you what size setting and corner triangles to cut for putting blocks on point, how many strips to cut for binding and how much yardage you need. It has several other things, backing and binding. Does in inches and metric. I believe it was a free app.
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    I have Quilter's App 7.4, for which I actually paid $15. I can't figure it out. Granted, I haven't spend a lot of time on it, mostly because I've been pushing my teenage son to figure it out for me, which he is usually happy to do but somehow isn't motivated to figure out a quilting app for me...

    I have EQ5 and figured it out on my own, so I don't know why this app is so clunky for me. I haven't given it a lot of time, as I said, but it looks like it could be good once it's mastered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ontheriver View Post
    I use QuiltCalc by Kaufman quite a lot. It will tell you what size setting and corner triangles to cut for putting blocks on point, how many strips to cut for binding and how much yardage you need. It has several other things, backing and binding. Does in inches and metric. I believe it was a free app.

    I have this one and the Superior Threads - how much thread do I need. These are both great and user friendly and absolutely free!
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    I have the Kindle Fire and the best app ever is the Send to Kindle app. I can send any file from my computer to my Kindle. I can scan a pattern from a book or magazine and have it stored on my Kindle. I have more quilt patterns and tutorials on it then books. So easy to have all the patterns in full color with me when fabric shopping. I love my Kindle Fire for quilting. Of course it's great for reading books too.
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    I have the Missouri Star Quilt Co. ap on my IPad. You can view them on YouTube but they load faster with the ap. The ap also has a lot of other video's linked with it. Mine was free when I loaded it but I don't know what it is now. Be aware that the ap store sometimes has sale prices on major holidays.

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