Sunday, August 15, 2010
The video demo [click here] is on Facebook, where the resolution is higher than it would be here.
What other video demos would you like to see?
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The first thing you'll notice is the completely redesigned set of screens. This new design uses a more standard table format, allowing for a flatter navigation model. In other words, you can get to the information you want faster. All input information is available from the main table or list. It may take some getting used to, but I hope you like it and find it easier to use.
Secondly, you'll notice that there is no more typing of sizes and counts. Instead, you use the pickers, which look a lot like twirling slot machines. Sizes can be entered in fractions of inches, or tenths of centimeters. That's right, this version supports metric measures! (This has been a requested feature from our sister quilters in Japan and Australia. Thanks, Debbie in Japan and Elva in Australia, for your input on how this should work.)
Next, the setting triangles feature from QuiltRef has been included. It not only determines the size of the squares to make for cutting into corner and side setting triangles, but it also determines the total amount of fabric needed.
A third border is now included, so your quilt can inched 0, 1, 2, or 3 borders. Since some quilters prefer to work with a quilt size before the borders are added, and some quilters like to specify the final quilt size, both options are now available.
Finally, a table of U.S. mattress sizes and quilt sizes for them are included. And each computed fabric amount has an associated explanation of how that amount was arrived at.
Now QuiltFab 3.0 has a look and feel that is similar to its newer companion app, BockFab, which computes fabric needs for a library of traditional grid-based blocks and patch shapes, as well as allowing you to try some quilt layouts. Together, they aim to help you dream, plan, and complete your next quilt project!
Saturday, June 5, 2010
BlockFab[App Store link] is the latest in this series of free mobile quilting apps. BlockFab will answer the questions, "How much fabric will I need to make some traditional quilt blocks?"
"What would they look like in a quilt layout?"
Read more about it on the blog, blockfab.blogspot.com
Monday, September 14, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
QuiltFab 2.0 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.
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.
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.
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.
You can email the summary information so you have a permanent record of your choices and the resulting fabric needs.
Friday, June 26, 2009
This release passed review by Apple on the same day that my husband had thoracic surgery and we learned that he is, after all, perfectly healthy! So once I get him safely home and on the road to recovery, I'll bring this blog up-to-date on all the latest features of QuiltFab 2.0! Meanwhile, you can download the latest (still free) version, and see for yourself how it has added features for a second border, pieced or unpieced borders, sashing strips, and alternate blocks! Plus, you can email the results so you have a permanent record of your choices and the resulting fabric needs.
Let me know what you think!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
QuiltFab 1.0 is already available and will help you determine how much fabric you need for some common backing, binding, and border fabric choices and construction methods.
I'm working on version 2.0, and it's coming along nicely. Are there any features you would like to see? One request I've gotten is to include provisions for a second border. Another quilter would like to determine the fabric needed for unpieced borders. What would you like to see?