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# Thread: how to enlarge this block

1. I found this block and fell in love with it but how can I enlarge it so the finished block size would be 12 "

2. Do you have a quilt software program ? Or try taking it to a print shop and enlarging the pattern

3. Originally Posted by cassie69emt
I found this block and fell in love with it but how can I enlarge it so the finished block size would be 12 "
If you will tell me the exact original size, I'll calculate it for you.

4. I've found a very simple way to enlarge or shrink the patterns. Just use a calculator and divide the current size into the finished size. That is the % you have to enlarge or shrink it on a regular copy machine.

For example: The pattern is 10 inches, you want it 12 inches: 12 divided by 10 = 120% to enlarge

If your current block is 12 inches, and you want it 10 inches: 10 divided by 12 = 83% to shrink it.

5. Print out the block and measure one of the sides. Since this is a pdf file, it will print fine. Measure one of the sides of the block on the printout. Divide the desired block size (12.5) by the side measurement and multiply the result by 100. Then take the printout to a copy machine and use the resulting math to increase the size of the copy. For instance, if the side measures 8.5 inches. 12.5/8.5=1.47x100=147% copier increase size. This should end up very close. Some copiers may need some adjustment to the percentage.

6. Originally Posted by cassie69emt
I found this block and fell in love with it but how can I enlarge it so the finished block size would be 12 "
Do you have a picture of this ? I'd like to see the finished product.

7. I would print the pages take them to a copy shop (we have a local one that prints blue prints) and have them englarge it. The person working there SHOULD know the math so you don't have to do it! :)

I did this when I made the (stupid) decision to actually use the templates for Denyse Schmidt pattern Drunk Love! It did work though!

8. If you plan to reproduce the block on a regular copy machine (or in a printer) it will be difficult because the largst paper size many will take is 11x17.

9. if it is a 10" finished, you could put a border around it and make it 'float'...or do the math :)

10. Unfortunately she doesn't have a pic of it just the pdf , you can see abunch of her things at her website www.thequiltednail.com

11. If you will email that to the store where I work, we have a large format copier that will make it whatever size you want. PM me and I will give you the email address.

13. I couldn't find it either.

14. www.thequiltedsnail.com :thumbup:

15. She has this on her site:

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

16. Originally Posted by sharon b
www.thequiltedsnail.com :thumbup:
Yes, this is the site I have used in the past until I realized I could figure it on my own!

As far as needing larger paper, I often copy one half, and then the other, and tape them. With paper piecing it really doesn't matter since they are in sections anyway.

17. Whoever sent those sites, thank you so much. I am just beginning PPing, and don't have many choices without buying books. Thank you thank you thank you.

Rita

18. If you have a printer with your computer, you can do it there. You just have to go into the preferences section and look for where you can increase the size of the print. I can't tell you where because I don't know your printer. Also, you can do it with a scanner if you have one.

19. Thank you all for your help . I Am new to paper piecing too so trying to make a pattern bigger just isn't working in my mind yet but I am sure I will get it eventually.

if this link doesn't work just type in your search engine free paper piecing patterns.

21. If you take it to any copy shop they can print it to the size you would like. If you tell them you want it to become a 12" block, they can do the math for you. Just be aware that the printing fees will be more costly if you have to go into a specialty size paper, to get a foundation that sized :wink: They can tell you what they will charge, per each size increment. Ex 8", 10" or 12" block sizes.

22. Since this pattern is on 2 pages, it should be fairly easy to enlarge on a large format copier. Take it to a copy shop as suggested, and they can do it.

23. There is an engineers ruler that is about \$5 that you put in the measurement you have and look across to size you want and it will tell you how much to increase the copier setting -some quilt stores have them but can be found at an office supply place as well.

24. Originally Posted by steelecg
There is an engineers ruler that is about \$5 that you put in the measurement you have and look across to size you want and it will tell you how much to increase the copier setting -some quilt stores have them but can be found at an office supply place as well.
They are probably handy, but I already have a calculator and it works great! Isn't free enterprise handy to suppply a gadget for every need.

25. Originally Posted by athenagwis
OMG..what a great chart to have.

thanks so much for that info.........mj

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