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Thread: Designing Quilts with a book or on-line

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    Smile Designing Quilts with a book or on-line

    I'm looking to learn how to design quilts. I want to be able to draw on graph paper a design and then be able to work out how much fabric I need, how much seam allowances, how big the block will be etc etc. Hopefully someone has written a book for beginners. I have been quilting for some years but I've never designed my own quilt yet.

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    You may want to check out Craftsy. They have a class on that!

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    many books have been written on the basics of planning a quilt (including designing etc..) have you check your closest library... I started with a book from Harriet Hargrave and Sharon Craig and I know some other people will recommand other books.
    It can be a long process but a very nice learning one. My avatar is my first quilt and it is a design that just grew with blocks and design that I wanted to learn.
    Go for it... just start and you'll learn and see what happens.
    Even on this board, I am sure somebody will show you some explanation that have already been posting and that I am not aware of.

    do you know about this site (and there are many others also)
    http://quilting.about.com/od/beginni..._Beginners.htm

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    I have been quilting for about 2 years. I am incapable of following a pattern completely. Seems like if I try my creative genes take over and it becomes something else. I think you have to just have no fear and dig right in. You do need to know how to make the math work. Also be prepared for some failures but to me it is great fun to just look at my stash and start putting things together. I follow block patterns but not whole quilt patterns. Good Luck. I do read a lot and save a lot of patterns that I plan to try one day...LOL.

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    no sense reinventing the wheel, EQ software is the bee's knees.
    http://electricquilt.com/
    You bring the creativity, eq does the grunt work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KalamaQuilts View Post
    no sense reinventing the wheel, EQ software is the bee's knees.
    http://electricquilt.com/
    You bring the creativity, eq does the grunt work.
    And they have various programs at various prices from simple to as intricate as you want to get. :-)

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    Sally Collins has a good book "Drafting for the Creative Quilter: Easy Techniques for Designing Your Quilts, Your Way" It's available thru Amazon. It helps to identify patterns within a block.

    But if you can afford it, I agree with KalamaQuilts. EQ iS the bee's knees!
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    If you have an iPone, check out AppStore for the BlockFab and QuiltFab apps. They are easy to handle and available for free. These apps have helped me several times, just to design my quilts and when buying fabrics.
    (Don't know if they are available for Android as well).
    Karin A, Hässelby, Sweden

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    I have a large notebook with checkered paper. I assign a value in inches to every square and off I go. When I am done I have measures for a finished quilt and finished blocks. After that it is just a metter of adding 1/4" for every outside line and 1/2" for every inside line. It is slower than EQ but I really love the creative process. It is just simple math. Good luck!

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    Great idea if I had a spare $250

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    Thank you - I will order the book
    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Sally Collins has a good book "Drafting for the Creative Quilter: Easy Techniques for Designing Your Quilts, Your Way" It's available thru Amazon. It helps to identify patterns within a block.

    But if you can afford it, I agree with KalamaQuilts. EQ iS the bee's knees!

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    I agree with the EQ software! Great place to learn.
    Wayne & Gabriele, the married quilters.

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    If you can't afford to purchase EQ new you may be able to find a used older copy for sale from someone that is upgrading. There is a Yahoo group where members post used sewing items for sale and you can also check here on the board in the sale items area. You can post an ISO (in search of) request and wait for someone to respond. I have found many items this way.
    I started out with graph paper and colored pencils but find EQ so much faster and it does the fabric calculations for you. In addition you can rearrange and use different colors with just a few clicks. I sit and play with it during the evening while DH is watching TV.
    Last edited by ncredbird; 01-17-2013 at 06:10 AM. Reason: mispelled word

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    I agree the best way to go is with software. A design program will do all the math for you, you can flip, rotate, resize, auto change colors, and use a fabric library of your own fabrics. Coloring and changing graph paper quilt designs can take a few hours for each change. A program like EQ can do it in seconds so your creativity can flow.
    Got fabric?

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    Check used book stores for quilt books printed in the later 1970's and early 1980's. Many delt with the basics of designing blocks.

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    I had purchased the Quilt Design Wizard @ Jo-Ann's and used my 50% off coupon so it ran me $15.00. It's not nearly as elaborate as the EQ6/7 but it has enough basics and it helps me figure out measurements ...

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