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YOUR IPHONE IS MORE THAN JUST…..

August 19, 2010

I’ve had my iPhone for a number of monthes & I absolutely LOVE it! I just found some Apps that I’d like to share with those among you who use an iPhone or iTouch or iPad and who are of the crafty quilty type!

Fabric Stash by Blueshift Software is really a cool app for collecting all your stash. I’m planning on getting this one!

FABRIC STASH

I don’t carry a purse, so it’s a hassle to carry around samples of fabrics I’m looking for other fabrics to go with. With this, I’ll be able to have my whole stash right in my pocket!

Description

With FabricStash you can keep your entire stash, no matter how big, in the palm of your hand. It’s easy, just snap a photo of your fabric, enter as many details as you’d like, and you’re ready to go! With fabric stash you can:

-Match old fabrics with new using large, full color photos- no more carrying fabric samples while shop-hopping.

-Create project lists, allowing for easy access to a list of the fabrics you’ve gathered for your next project, or used in past projects.

– Organize and view your stash by color, style, manufacturer, line or project.

-Keep track of exactly how much of a fabric you have.

-Make a wish list of fabrics you’d like to obtain in the future.

-Enter custom category names and notes about your fabrics.

– Save money- no more duplicate purchases.

Fully customizable, FabricStash can be personalized in many ways to fit your individual needs. FabricStash is also smart, if you’ve entered a custom description before, it will remember it for later use.

QUICK N’ EASY BLOCK  TOOL

Description

102 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks in 5 Sizes
Simple Cutting Charts
Helpful Reference Tables

C&T Publishing unveils a new era in quiltmaking with the Quick & Easy Quilt Block Tool, an innovative application for planning quilt blocks!

This application features rotary-cutting directions for over 500 options for making traditional quilt blocks, plus bonus reference tables every quilter needs.

The Quick & Easy Quilt Block Tool is so useful, versatile, and portable, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!

• 102 most-popular pieced blocks in 5 sizes each, with design details and construction diagrams

• Find cutting instructions at your fingertips with our quick and easy rotary-cutting charts and indexes!

• Helpful reference tables, such as yardage requirements, diagonal measurements, and more

• User-friendly instructions and a complete block index and grid index

• It’s the ultimate no-math reference guide for quilters!

• Create your own index of favorites

• Zoom in on piecing diagrams for crystal clear viewing

QUILT ENVI

Description

A giant collection of cozy quilts, in your pocket! Quilt Envi brings lovely quilt photos straight from the worldwide web to your iPhone, along with in-depth information on patterns, designers and shows. It’s a visual tour of homespun style, expert craftsmanship and gentle living.

From antique 18th century American quilts, to Amish and Mennonite designs, to art quilts and crazy designs you’ve never thought of, Quilt Envi displays Web-based quilt photos the way you would expect on the iPhone: full screen, with multi-touch controls, in automated slide shows or scrolling image arrays. Old-fashioned and modern styles, designers, apparel, silks and wool. Traditional patterns like Baby Blocks, Baskets, Friendship, Hearts and Flowers, Log Cabin, and Wedding Knot, as well as some not-so-traditional ones. Quilt Envi brings them all from the Web to you, organized by age, place of origin and designer.

Quilt Envi is also more than just a bunch of pretty pictures. It includes access to Web-based information on popular patterns, expert designers and an assortment of festivals and shows, as well as the different styles of quilts. And you can add even more in-depth collections on other fun topics from the app itself.

Please also check out our other Envi apps, all based on the acclaimed iEnvision Web-image browser. Classic and modern art and architecture, hot sports cars and motorcycles, cool haircuts, outer space from planet Earth to the furthest reaches of the Hubble, the great outdoors, and lots of just plain fun. There’s an Envi app for that!

QUILT FAB

QuiltFab 3.0 is now available in the App Store and will do even more to help you determine how much fabric you need for some common backing, binding, border, and sashing fabric choices and construction methods for making quilts. The following new features are available.

Borders:
The border feature has been expanded to include a couple new options, including pieced borders and a second border. The borders can be mitered or finished square. A mitered border, with the ends of each strip finished at an angle, requires more fabric. Other border options, including more than 2 borders, are beyond the scope of this tool.

If you are willing to piece the borders, we assume you will cut the border
strips on the crosswise grain, selvage to selvage. If you request unpieced borders, then the strips will be cut from lengths of fabric (parallel to the selvages). If you have directional prints, or want to center or match repeating motifs, additional fabric will be needed.

Blocks:
Plain blocks are often used as alternate blocks, or are used to make setting triangles. Within this tool, the number of blocks and their size do not need to “fit” into the quilt in any way: they are independent of the other details of your quilt project.

Sashing:
A quilt design may use sashing strips to separate the blocks within the quilt. Although these sashing strips may be cut and sewn to the sides of the individual blocks, still the amount of fabric required is only slightly less than if they were used as long strips, running horizontally and vertically across the quilt, up to, but not extending into any borders. This tool will determine the fabric needed for the long strips.

BLOCK FAB

BlockFab is a free fabric calculator utility application for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch, available on the Apple App Store as BlockFab [App Store link].

BlockFab is not a quilt design app. However, it will let you quickly see the results of various design, color, and layout possibilities. And if you already have a pattern you like but you want to customize it by changing the size or number of blocks or by adding a pieced border, BlockFab will calculate the fabric required.

Choose from a small library of about 50 grid-based blocks, or from a library of patch shapes commonly used by quilters. Then choose the number and size of blocks or patches. BlockFab will determine the amount of fabric you need to buy, and will give you some hints on cutting out the blocks or patches, based on the cutting assumptions used for calculating the fabric needed. Both English and metric units of measure are supported.

Not ready to make those blocks, but just want to dream and plan? You can play around with the blocks in sample layouts while varying colorways, layout styles, number of blocks, and pairing of blocks. With just a flick, tap, pinch, or twist, you can view thousands of variations. Simply follow the blue arrows.

You can mail a copy of the yardage needs so you will have a record of the fabric for this set of blocks.

When you leave the application, your latest block and fabric choices will be saved, and this information will appear the next time you use the application. Thus you can customize BlockFab to use your own preferred fabric and quilting methods.

If you know of any more quilting apps…let me know!!! I’m always looking for ways to have more fun with my little friend, Mr. iPhone!!

Disclaimer: I haven’t actually used any of these. I was just searching & found them. If they’re good, GREAT, if they’re not to your liking, I’m sorry, but I just wanted to let you know what’s out there.

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July 26, 2010
Red & Turquoise 9 Patch

Red & Turquoise 9 Patch

So, I cut all my squares & sewed up my 9 patch blocks. Pressed & then cut them. When I began to piece them, I had an inkling that there were inconsistancies. When I began sewing my white inserts, I REALLY found out I had inconsistancies!!  

Disappearing 9 Patch

Disappearing 9 Patch

I always thought people were just lazy, and not frugal (like me), wasting money buying pre-cut strips & blocks. Instead of getting out their cutter & board & just DOING IT.  As for me, I was spending time on the boat and figured I’d just as well cut the blocks the old fashioned way…with a tape measure, a cardboard template, a pen to mark with and (gasp) …a pair of sissors.  Since my forte has always been clothing, sissors would seem the proper tool. But one is only cutting 1 (or 2) fronts, a back, a couple sleeves & some various underpinnings.  

I discovered that if you are cutting a multitude of identical pieces, even with a proper sized template, you are bound to get variations hand cutting them. So, my disappearing squares are getting squared after they’re completed, before getting any sashing. I’d LIKE for them to sort of match up…we’ll see just how small my 4-1/2″ 9 patch squares really end up at!  

Well, this IS a learning experience. My 1st Disappearing 9 Patch quilt, and learning just how smart you all are who own a die-cutter for quilt blocks, sell said blocks, or those of you who BUY those blocks!!! I think I’ll be joining the ranks of you all in the future…Oh, I’ll still be cutting my own fabric for any of my freeform or crazy quilts, but if I want to do a real good job with a pattern that I have to worry about, I’ll be out looking for the best deals on pre-cut squares & strips!!!   

What do ya’ll think about tearing? I spent some time Sunday evening working on this project. I needed more of the 1-1/2″ pieces. So I tore said strips & ironed them nicely. They seemed to be just fine. I’m thinking I should have done that for my squares…would have reduced the error rate by 5o% anyway.  Or does proper steam pressing not ‘fix’ the stretched problem? Anyway…it’s coming along…anxious to get on with it!!!

AN HEIRLOOM BONE TO PICK

July 19, 2010
Red Turquoise 9 Square

Red Turquoise 9 Square

Last week I was tag surfing, as I am wont to do, and some person unknown made a statement to the effect that ‘It wasn’t an heirloom quality quilt…just maybe picnic quilt’. Well at that moment, I thought nothing about it, and went on with my browsing. 

But then this weekend it slunk back from the depths of my memory banks & eased itself up to my conscience. Something about it just didn’t sound right. It festered around on Saturday as I spent the afternoon sewing Disappearing Nine Patch squares on my boat S/V Outrageous. (sewing while on the boat…not actually sewing patches onto the boat!) It was pretty steamy and not too many folk about. So the luxury of an air-conditioned boat, 65 percent humidity and close to 90 degree temps were as good as an excuse as any to have some quality “Me’ time with my little Singer Genie.

Then it hit me….the problem with the person’s statement. ALL quilts are heirloom quality/worthy/potential! When you consider the amount of time and effort and love that’s put into every quilt ever made, it matters not that sometimes the corners don’t match, the tip of a triangle doesn’t show, that the fabric choices were less than appealing.

If someone cares about another enough to spend the time necessary to create a quilt, then there’s a good chance that it will be considered a precious possession by the person receiving it.  Merriam Webster Online defines ‘heirloom’ as:  “Something of special value handed on from one generation to another.” Sounds about right to me!!

Now, I believe that what the author meant to say was that the quilt in question  wasn’t  SHOW quality or COMPETITION quality. Big difference there. I would never even consider entering a quilt in a competition. I’m a real beginner when it comes to quilting, and my work certainly shows it. But I would like to think that the quilts I have made, imperfections and all, will be considered well-loved possessions by the owners and one day passed on to their  heirs.

I’m sure most of the ‘Quilty’ folk out there have a quilt or two (or more) passed down from an Auntie or Grandma or other friend or family member. And you love your quilt, because that person made it. Not because it’s a prize winner in a show. Because you love that person or that person loved you.

I hope that one day I’ll make a quilt that is ‘show worthy’. But in the meantime, I’ll just keep quilting along….making memories and showing my love with my little quilts.