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    Are there any quilting apps?

    I've just won an ipad!

    Are there any Quilting or sewing apps for my new toy?

    I never thought I would have an ipad, so I am truly clueless about these things...

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    Well, I have an iPhone and there are apps for it to help me locate quilt shops!!! I'm sorry I don't have a clue about the iPad and I'm technologically challenged too!!!

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    Yes, I have several, but can't say that I use them much. When you go to the App Store put Quilting in the search box. Hopefully, others can let us know of quilting apps they actually use. What I DO use my Ipad for is downloading PDF files with project instructions to take to my sewing machine (I don't have WIFi in the house so my PC is nowhere near my machine) You need a PDF reader for this, I have GoodReader.
    The other thing is for sketching blocks and/or doodeling (sp?) quilting patterns. For this, I like Penultimate. I also use Calc&Draw, which is a sketch pad with a built in calculator (duh)I can sketch something and then calculate the number of blocks or yardage. I know that there are dedicated quilting apps that will do the calcs, but for me this is much easier. On both the draw programs, if I come up with something I want to keep, I can save it for future reference. I have the original with no camera, but I would really use that to capture ideas!
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    Woo hoo!! I love my I-pad!!

    I have one quilting app ... but there are more. Mine was a free one called "BlockFab-HD"

    The one I have has several different blocks you can choose from (perhaps 50). You can change the colorway in the block to see what you like (about 20 different choices), it gives cutting directions for each block including yardage.

    You can place the block in a quilt, tell it how many blocks across and down - and it will again give cutting directions and yardage.

    You can choose two different blocks and either pair them together (block A next to block B - and so on), or "combine" them (block A inside block B - and repeat through the quilt) and again cutting directions and yardage.

    In the quilt view - you can drill down on the cutting directions for each piece of the block (for example "cut 48 half square triangles) and it will give cutting directions (cut 2 strips 2 7/8 wide, cut 1 2 7/8 squares from each strip, cut each square in half on diagonal).

    You can change the colors on the quilt view as well as the block view.

    You can add sashing as well (I don't think you can get cutting/yardage on the sashing - I think it's just to show you what it would look like).

    Oh, you can also convert from inches to metric.

    I would love to be able to choose my own colors individually - but the colors are just "combinations" that you can select. It does give you an idea how it looks in blues - or light vs dark in each piece of the block.

    It's a neat free program that is OK for getting ideas like secondary patterns from two different blocks, or colorways - but it's not a program I would rely on to design a whole quilt.

    I purchased this one a few years ago, have not looked for quilting app's since then. There might be better ones out there now.
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    OMG ... you prompted me to look at new app's for quilting. There are soooo many now ... most of them are magazines, but Superior Threads has a thread chooser, and I might just grab some of the magazines too.

    Wanted to add ... I normally pay quite a bit of attention to the reviews for each app before I download them - I've found them to be on target.
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    I use QuiltCalc by Kaufman quite a lot. It will tell you what size setting and corner triangles to cut for putting blocks on point, how many strips to cut for binding and how much yardage you need. It has several other things, backing and binding. Does in inches and metric. I believe it was a free app.
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    I have Quilter's App 7.4, for which I actually paid $15. I can't figure it out. Granted, I haven't spend a lot of time on it, mostly because I've been pushing my teenage son to figure it out for me, which he is usually happy to do but somehow isn't motivated to figure out a quilting app for me...

    I have EQ5 and figured it out on my own, so I don't know why this app is so clunky for me. I haven't given it a lot of time, as I said, but it looks like it could be good once it's mastered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ontheriver View Post
    I use QuiltCalc by Kaufman quite a lot. It will tell you what size setting and corner triangles to cut for putting blocks on point, how many strips to cut for binding and how much yardage you need. It has several other things, backing and binding. Does in inches and metric. I believe it was a free app.

    I have this one and the Superior Threads - how much thread do I need. These are both great and user friendly and absolutely free!
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    I have the Kindle Fire and the best app ever is the Send to Kindle app. I can send any file from my computer to my Kindle. I can scan a pattern from a book or magazine and have it stored on my Kindle. I have more quilt patterns and tutorials on it then books. So easy to have all the patterns in full color with me when fabric shopping. I love my Kindle Fire for quilting. Of course it's great for reading books too.
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    I have the Missouri Star Quilt Co. ap on my IPad. You can view them on YouTube but they load faster with the ap. The ap also has a lot of other video's linked with it. Mine was free when I loaded it but I don't know what it is now. Be aware that the ap store sometimes has sale prices on major holidays.

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    Just go to the app store and do a search for quilt apps. I found several. The one I use the most is from Robert Kaufman. It's a quilt calculator type app. There's also one I downloaded that's like the quilt calculator but I haven't yet taken the time to learn how to use it.

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    Whatever apps work for the iPhone work for the iPad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farm Quilter View Post
    Well, I have an iPhone and there are apps for it to help me locate quilt shops!!! I'm sorry I don't have a clue about the iPad and I'm technologically challenged too!!!
    Thanks for the tips, everyone. I downloaded QuiltCalc, Quilt Shops for iPad, BlockFab-HD, Quilt Tutorials from Missouri Star and QuiltFab.
    Last edited by LoisM; 09-16-2012 at 07:26 PM.

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    I also have QuiltFab where I can put in the size of the quilt I want, it will figure fabric with shrinkage and how much I need for backing, binding, mitered borders, middle border, outside border, sashing strips (with stripes horizontal or vertical, if I want), setting triangles, side triangles, and corner triangles. QuiltRef and Keepsake Quilting too. Thanks for the info on QuiltCalc and Missouri Star - they are now on my iPhone!!!

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    I keep my pdf patterns in iBooks. It is easy to read them or print them (just got a wireless printer with AirPrint and it's cool) or send to email to save on a stick from my computer. Or sync to iTunes or iCloud and never worry about losing your patterns. The iPad is a wonderful toy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I have the Kindle Fire and the best app ever is the Send to Kindle app. I can send any file from my computer to my Kindle. I can scan a pattern from a book or magazine and have it stored on my Kindle. I have more quilt patterns and tutorials on it then books. So easy to have all the patterns in full color with me when fabric shopping. I love my Kindle Fire for quilting. Of course it's great for reading books too.
    I have looked for Send to Kindle app on my Kindle Fire and cannot find it. Any suggestions? Thanks. This would be great.

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    I don't have an ipad. I've got the Google Nexus tablet - I'm going to check out what's available for it now! You guys have me curious!

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    thanks so much for this thread!

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    I have several: The Victoria and Albert museum has V&A quilts which is a great look at very old quilts
    Quilt Ref has little that I can figure out and Block fab is a fun thing to play with as you get to see what colours would look good with all kinds of patterns.

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    Oh wow! I just downloaded this app and it's awesome! I love my iPad, too. I call it my iBaby since we are empty nesters and becoming a grandma is in the far future. Thank you for the app tip.

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    I have an Acer A200 android. I downloaded the Robert Kaufman calculator, which I love, but every thing else is either for iPhone or iPad or requires a smart phone (which I don't have) to get it to the pad. I hope the android market with come out with some other programs.

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    My favorite app from ITunes is Robert Kaufman's Quilt Calc - I work in a LQS and use it frequently for figuring amount of fabric needed for batting, backing and binding it is the greatest!! It does so many differnent things!
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    Send to Kindle

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    I have looked for Send to Kindle app on my Kindle Fire and cannot find it. Any suggestions? Thanks. This would be great.
    I just googled "Send to KindleApp" and found it right away. It's an app for your PC to send documents to your Kindle. Good luck, now I'm going to go play with it.
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    Thanks for all the great apps!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics View Post
    I've just won an ipad!

    Are there any Quilting or sewing apps for my new toy?

    I never thought I would have an ipad, so I am truly clueless about these things...
    I have several on my i-pad.

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