Monday, September 30, 2013

Introducing....My Quiltrography Redwork Quilt.

For the past couple of weeks I have been talking about my progress designing and making a quilt with Quiltropolis and my Accuquilt Go. Here is a link to the first post:

This was the picture of the initial project.

Last week I had to confess that I don't do math, but I did need to determine how much fabric to use in this little project. To catch my confession, check this post:

Well, blog buddies, drum roll please! The top is done...and I love it! 

The photos do not do it justice--really!

The angel embroideries are from Hatched in Africa,
Redwork Angels 2 #2602. They are beautifully digitized!

The final border was a last minute add-on. The quilt simply looked incomplete without it. 

Thanks for hanging with me for this project! It has been fun. I look forward to seeing you again really soon!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Calculating a Quiltography Design for my Accuquilt Go--and I hate math!

I hate math; it is no secret. I am just better at other things. But, the fact remains that a quilter has to do I am stuck! But, my Go dies make it much easier to determine my fabric needs and I love them for it! Add in the fact that  Quiltography simply provides a visual image I can cut my blocks any size desired--voila!

Last week I blogged about the quilt that I created on the fly. I actually pulled my Fat Quarters and started to cut this quilt. Just in case, here is the link: 

This is how I went from plan to project!

Below is the finished border block to my quilt. I started calculating with this one. 
The Go Drunkard Path die finishes this block at 7" (7.5" cut). 
This block is the basis for all of the blocks in my redwork quilt.

The photo below will be referenced for the next few calculations.

Size of the white blocks. 
These blocks correspond in size to the completed Drunkard's Path block.
The white blocks will measure 7" finished (7.5" cut)

Oh no! Math...
How much white fabric will I need? I have learned the hard way to
over estimate my usage. That said, rather than 44 inches I choose to use a fabric width of 42".
42" (CW width of fabric) divided by 7.5" = 5 blocks across the width.
Okay, but I need 9 blocks! So, I will use
 two 7.5" widths, or an absolute minimum  of 15" of fabric.
 I would purchase 1/2 yard, I can always add to the stash!

On to the Drunkard's Path block.

I decided to go scrappy---to use up some of the Fat Quarters in my stash. 
This is the cool part of Accuquilt cutting!

I Counted the number of DP blocks
The quilt top above has 16 Drunkard path blocks.
If you look at each set of 4 there are two light and two dark sets--or subunits.
Yeah! my Accuquilt die cuts two subunits at a time from one color---
and I can interchange concave and convex parts (the parts of the subunits).
So, how many total subunits?

16 blocks x 2 units light = 32 light units finished.
16 blocks x 2 units dark = 32 dark units finished.

Oh, yeah, I'm on my way!

Yuk, MORE math.
Thanks to Ebony Love's videos (check them out!) for this hint!
I have my die marked and measured.
I know that I can use a strip of fabric 9.75" x 5" to give me two same color subunits.
Hey! That is what I need per block!
16 blocks means I need 16 light fabric pieces
and 16 dark fabric pieces of fabric.
Cutting 2 per piece of light or dark fabric means 32 subunits of light and
32 subunits of dark total for my quilt.

Definitely Fat Quarter Friendly!
Fat Quarters (fabric ones) are measured at 21 x 18" (lengthwise grain).
Just how many strips can I yield from one fat quarter?

21" wide FQ divided by 9.75" strip = 2 cross-grain (whole numbers only!) strips
18" length-wise grain divided by 5" = 3 strips lengthwise
2 across x 3 lengthwise = 6 total strips from one FQ (and some scraps!)
Each strip will give me 2 Drunkard's path units when cut on my Accuquilt.

From each FQ I can cut 12 convex and concave sets.
I need 32 of each shade, therefore
I will use 3 light FQ and 3 dark FQ--or maybe 4 for more variety.

Hey, think about it....have Quiltography on the iPad,
open the if I open the calculator I can go to town!
But, only because of Accuquilt's precise cutting and
Quiltography's precise planning!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Planning with Quiltography and My Go on the Go!

Somehow I ended up with 9 red-work style angels. Don't remember when I embroidered them, I just have them! I decided that it was time to put those babies into a wall hanging for the holdiays. Unfortunately, time is short when watching grandkids and being a soccer grandma. Thank goodness for   Quiltography and my iPad's ability to go anywhere! Let the planning go on!

Quiltography for iPad

Drunkard's Path die # 55070

Creating a Block

Since the 9 blocks in the center of my quilt are spoken for, I wanted to encircle them with something a little different. I love my Accuquilt Drunkard' Path die and Quiltography is primed and ready for me to use it! 

1. On the home screen I tapped "New Block" to the left of the circled "New Quilt" tab. 

 2. I chose the "Stock" collection of blocks...

and scrolled down the page. There was the perfect Drunkard's Path! I tapped on it and the app took me to the Block Designer Screen. 

3. On this page I am able to color the block as desired. Since I am working on a redwork quilt and using fat quarters and scraps I chose to use dark and light to distinguish my color hues rather than to audition the actual fabric. To color I tapped:

  • All of the #1 (dark purple). I then tapped #2 to color the area. I repeated with the light purple. 
  • I tapped #3 "Template Block" at the upper left of the screen.
  • From the drop-down menu I selected save. 


Laying out my Quilt
  1. I returned to the home screen and tapped on "New Quilt" (circled below). 

2. A new window opened and I was able to tap on the gears to the left of the black and white grid. A window allowing me to add to the existing layout opened. I wanted to create a center section of 9 blocks for my 9 angels; I used the + toggle.

3. I circled the center to make it easier for you to visualize. I also added sashing and corner blocks (note the yellow circle to the left. Short work of that ! Tap the "Home" button in the upper left of the app screen.

4. Tap on the gears again to close the settings window. My blocks appear at the right of the screen. By turning the wheel (so to speak) I can see all of my blocks I move the one I want to use in my quilt to the center. 

5. Next, I tap on the blocks in which I want to position this block. They turn bright green. Tap on the block to add it to the quilt. Tap off of the quilt top to set the blocks. 

6. I selected certain blocks and used the circular arrow to the left of the quilt to flip some of the blocks.

7. I added basic white blocks as "placeholders" for my embroidered angels. I colored the sashing and the corner blocs. Done before halftime! 

Here you have the finished layout: 

Of course, cutting the units for the Drunkards path is so fast and precise with my Accuquilt! I should have this done before soccer season ends! 

And, please check out my new favorite toy stores. I am sure you won't be sorry!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Accuquilt meet Quiltography

Since moving to the Apple side of life I have become a self-admitted app junkie. I am always looking for apps that will allow me to expand upon my love of scraps of fabric and paper. I have been looking for a great quilting app for a long while. I have purchased a couple, but found them less than expected. And then I found Quiltography!

At $14.99 I hesitated. But not for long. And I am so glad that I went for it. The top reasons I like this app include a great assortment of blocks with which to play, I can plan quilts when away from my laptop, I have the ability to photograph and audition fabric and, most importantly, phenomenal customer support. I had a couple of questions (ok...requests) and Chris (my hero) had more than rapid responses. 

Long story short---an amazing upgrade has just been released. Chris has kept his followers on FB up to the second on the update (never had that with other developers!) And, now I can actually play with my other favorite toy: Accuquilt. 

After installing the update I decided to try and add a block from the Accuquilt Mix and Match collection. 

I opened the app: 

Yes! There it was...the ability to design my own blocks. Let me introduce you, "Accuquilt, meet Quiltography!" I went for it:

Chris included a variety of shapes that are moved to the grid. BTW he includes great directions! The shapes can be flipped, rotated and sized. The grid as seen is 12", perfect for my Accuquilt dies!
It can be resized by tapping the little wheel at the upper right of the screen. I placed the shapes for the Suzanna Variation Mix and Match block.

Little by little the block grew (do not worry--- you will see it!) When it was finished I selected "back" and was prompted to save or delete my block. I saved it. 

From the start-up menu I scrolled to the section entitled "Block" and tapped "new block." This screen appeared:

I chose custom and immediately saw my block---no Accuquilt's block!

I currently use Moda Marbles in this app (ok, another love!) The block colored and then saved. This was so exciting!

I returned to start to set up my quilt. As you can see, this app allows versatility! 

I added the blocks and flipped and played until I was satisfied with what I saw. 

But that is not the end! I am off to cut my fabric with my Accuquilt Go! 

dies used in this design:
Mix and Match dies: 2, 5, 6
For a 12" block:
Go! Square 3.5" #55006
Go! Half Square Triangle 3" finished #55009
Go! Square on Point 4 3/7" #55019

Fabric is calculated on the amount needed to cut from each die.

Different size dies can be used to create different size blocks. 

I am off to cut and sew!