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    fabric calculator

    Been looking at a fabric calculator and was wondering if it would be worth the money? I always have a hard time figuring how much fabric to buy for certain blocks. Thank you!!

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    Oooh! They make such a thing? I need one, too. There is so much dang math in quilting! LOL
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    Just found this one online. Pretty cool! I'm going to bookmark it. http://vrya.net/quilt/index.php
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    They make quilt calculator apps for smart phones and the Ipads.
    Also, here is a link to some free calculators if you don't need them when you are out and about:
    http://www.quiltersparadiseesc.com/Calculators.php
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    I copied one online. Would be lost without it.

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    I found the fabric calculator to be more of a nuisance than assistance... and if you are not precise in what you put in for a calculation.. its of no use. I found I had more confidence if I just took my time and double checked my calculation prior to going to the LQS it was all I needed.

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    I use the fabric calculator app on my phone when I go fabric shopping for a quilt. I pay for the phone and service so I let it do the work for me.
    Got fabric?

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    I bought 2 of the ones Joanns carries when the quilting notions were half price. One for my purse and one for my sewing room. Love them. It not only tells me how much fabric is needed but how many strips to cut. All allowances are automatically calculated in. Pretty sophisticated tool - with good instructions.

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    Someone suggested one for iPad here on QB, so I have the Robert Kaufmann calculator now. Remarkably, I don't use it that much, except when I'm trying to figure out how many strips to cut for binding! (But it's TOTALLY worth it just for that!)

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    I have one on my iPhone and also the one that is specifically for quilting, I love both the stand alone has a bit of a learning curve buts its great for yardage calculations...

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    Yes use a 50%coupon at joann's it will be like 20 bucks, the best 20 bucks ever spent, very easy to calculate yardage, you will use it a lot and it will earn its keep. I have already used it several times to calculate yardage for quilts. I am always pulling it out and using it unlike some other gadgets
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    http://www.amazon.com/Calculated-Ind...ters+fabricalc

    I ordered this fabric calculator and haven't yet used it...hope to soon. It has a great user's guide, tutorial DVD, pocket reference guide with a convenient storage slot in the back of the calculator. I also like the flip open top that has a quick reference guide on the inside that has user friendly guides on the keystrokes to make for finding out quilt yardage, block yardage and square yardage.

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    Yes, this is the same one as Joanns. I love it -both of mine! I called the company one day with a question which they kindly helped me with. Of course the answer was in the manual! Great tool. Like I mentioned before, I have 2 of them. One for my purse and one in my sewing room.

    Quote Originally Posted by bikermom View Post
    http://www.amazon.com/Calculated-Ind...ters+fabricalc

    I ordered this fabric calculator and haven't yet used it...hope to soon. It has a great user's guide, tutorial DVD, pocket reference guide with a convenient storage slot in the back of the calculator. I also like the flip open top that has a quick reference guide on the inside that has user friendly guides on the keystrokes to make for finding out quilt yardage, block yardage and square yardage.

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    I've had a fabric calculator for years and used it a lot. Very nice once you get over the learning curve. Lately though I've been using the free app on my Android phone, from Robert Kaufman, which is just as accurate and I think easier to use.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...culators&hl=en

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    this one seems to be exclusively for android phones. tried to download it and it wanted android info.
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    If you are good at gadgets its okay, otherwise I thought it was a pain to use. I went back to paper and pencil
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    I have a Quilter's FabriCalc and I love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roguequilter View Post
    this one seems to be exclusively for android phones. tried to download it and it wanted android info.
    Here's a link for the Apple (ipad, iphone) version of the Kaufman calculator
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quil...390366459?mt=8
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