Tuesday, August 2, 2011

App Store Tuesday

One of the things that any of my "Quilty" girlfriends will tell you is that I LOVE to help.   Sew Days, retreats, teaching classes, you name it....I LOVE making that little light bulb go on for a quilter.  I'm a problem-solver, a troubleshooter, an educator and learner.  I love to creep around the room on retreats and peek at what everyone is doing.  Whether it be to spot something I've never seen before and learn it, or find a fellow quilter that doesn't have the "at ease" feeling that the seasoned girls have and help them find it.   This week - my featured app of the week is a "Helper" app.    I've whipped this little baby out at retreats, during classes, and even weekly when I was working behind the counter at a quilt shop!

By Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Robert Kaufman Fabrics and Quilter's Paradise have joined forces to bring you a collection of eight essential quilting calculators.

You'll be able to quickly convert between yards and inches, meters and centimeters; learn how much fabric you need for backing, batting and borders; and understand how many rectangular pieces can be cut from a larger piece. There are even calculators for square in a square, set-in and corner triangles.

A brief description of each calculator:

Fabric Measurement Conversion: Converts between inches and yards in decimal form, and yards in fractional form. (With metric equivalents.)

Backing and Batting Calculator: Determines how much yardage from a bolt of fabric is needed to make the backing for a quilt.

Piece Count Calculator: Shows the number of fixed-sized pieces of fabric that may be cut from a larger piece.

Pieces to Area Calculator: Indicates how much fabric is needed in order to cut a given number of fixed sized pieces.

Binding Calculator: Tells you the amount of fabric required to bind your quilt based on the quilt’s dimensions and the binding strip width.

Border Calculator: Shows the amount of fabric required to create borders, based on a quilt’s dimensions and the width of the borders.

Square in a Square Calculator: Works out all the key dimensions of a square in a square block.

Set-in and Corner Triangle Calculator: Determines the size of the square piece you’ll need to cut in order to create both unfinished set-in triangles and unfinished corner triangles.


  1. I don't have an iphone (yet) but have an itouch and downloaded this free app. Looks VERY handy.
    ! Wish I had it years ago! Numbers have never been my friend...but this will change everything!

  2. Poop. Can't switch to an iPhone until January. You'll have to remind me of all the great apps at our May retreat!