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Old 05-23-2010, 02:25 PM
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How do you enlarge a quilt block pattern? For instance, if it says it makes a 9" block and you want 12 and 1/2, how do you enlarge--the very easiest way?
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Graph paper is probably the easiest. Some patterns enlarge easy some are really a pain. You kinda have to know some math with some enlargements and REALLY know math with others.

If a block is made of 9 sub blocks, then it would be easier to increase it from 9-12in. a 5" block would be more difficult to increase to 9in. You can end up with some really odd fractions that aren't on quilter's rulers :lol:

There are also quilt progams that make it easier to do. EQ or the cheaper quilt wizard program both make it very easy to resize a block. I can draw a block pretty quickly in EQ and then size it to whatever I want and print out templates, not having to worry about odd measurements.
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What is the pattern? Suggestions might be more appropriate if we knew the pattern you want to enlarge
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Old 05-23-2010, 05:07 PM
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I was just going through some free patterns and noticed many are 9"-and others, and wondered what I would have to do to use that pattern.
After I pick one out, if it is the wrong size, I will write back.
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Old 05-23-2010, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Mariah
How do you enlarge a quilt block pattern? For instance, if it says it makes a 9" block and you want 12 and 1/2, how do you enlarge--the very easiest way?
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On Quilterscache.com, there is a tutorial of how to enlarge a pattern. If you go to the site, on where do you want to go today, there is a drop down box. How to's is the section you want. Very easy tutorial, I have used it for several patterns myself.
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Old 05-23-2010, 06:04 PM
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If by any chance you have an iPhone, there is a quilt block tool app that has a lot of blocks in it with the different size requirements.

Just a thought!
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Old 05-23-2010, 06:13 PM
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Thanks; this looks like something I can use. Thanks so much!
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Old 05-23-2010, 06:39 PM
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Attached is a cheat sheet I found on this.
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Old 05-24-2010, 03:26 AM
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Here's a link that will show the % to enlarge/reduce for a block.

http://www.thequiltedsnail.com/scale.html

Good Luck!!
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:31 PM
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does this mean to do on a copier? I get stuck when I see a pattern that is made for a twin or full bed and I want to make it for a king size bed. I don't really know where to begin to figure out the fabric requirements. I recently started a quilt and way overbought material because the pattern was for a lap quilt and I wanted a king quilt.Most patterns give the block size, I'm ok with not wanting to change that, but I get lost when I try to decide how much more fabric to buy. Is there a rule of thumb for that?
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