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Thread: Calculating yardage for quilt pattern

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    Calculating yardage for quilt pattern

    Is there a software program or a calculator that can help me figure out yardage for a pattern I've drawn for a quilt I want to make? I have 1 yd each of 5 different fabrics. Thanks, Stitch124

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    the only program that I know of that will let you both design your own blocks and provide you with approximate yardage is EQ (electronic quilt)
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    I use paper, pencil and an ordinary calculator.

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    I usually just figure out the number of square inches/fabric in the design and then calculate the yardage based on that. Add a bit for a 'fudge factor'.

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    I usually draw it out and calculate it myself with a regular calculator. Come to think of it, I do have a fabric calculator somewhere that I've never used!
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    Often I will draw it out on graph paper. That way I know sizes of pieces that make up each block. Then I can figure out best way to cut those shapes for both ease of cutting and best use of fabric. Because I've usually done some of the same shapes before, I can go back in my notebook for how many of that size will be in a WOF strip. Then can figure number of strips needed.

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    I do most of those things, draw it out on graph paper then calculate with my calculator. It's cheaper that way!

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    Mostly I draw it out on graph paper, unless it's very easy, such as squares.
    Then I use my brain and paper and pencil to calculate, sometimes using calculator .

    Funny thing is, my son bought me a quilt calculator and I hardly ever use it!

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    After reading the responses - I realized that many use the "software" that is their brain/thinking ability!

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    Quilt-Pro does the same thing.
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    Joanns sells a quilt calculator. I've used mine all the time. It comes with a wonderful instructional DVD. With the 50% off coupon I got mine for under $20

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    Thanks for posting this -- while figuring it out by myself works ok, it's nice to have a way to check that I'm on with the numbers. One thing about our QB -- it always gives us new tools to use and increases our knowledge about quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    Thank you fo posting this link! It's going to be a great help!

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    I use the Robert Kauffman Quilt calculator app on my iPad, but you can also use it on a computer (http://www.quiltersparadiseesc.com/Calculators.php). I have made three quilts using this calculator, and all measurements have been totally accurate with just enough leftover fabric in case of mistakes.

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