Math for Quilters – WHAT A CLASS!
The lessons were absolutely excellent.
I would sign up for any class Dena teaches.
This is the type of class that the material
provides both the curious and the serious quilter
with an excellent resource package to keep forever!
–SW, South Carolina
Most patchwork quilters follow published patterns and directions for their patchwork quilting projects. If you are ready to design patchwork quilts, or if you merely want to change the size or proportions of a published project or pattern, this online patchwork quilt class teaches everything you have to know about the math to do the job. Learn to use math to plan and scale a patchwork quilt design to fit your needs, not another’s preferences.
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Many patchwork quilters are defeated in their efforts to use math by these problems:
- Making measurement conversions
- Fitting square blocks into rectangular quilt plans
- Planning an on-point setting
- Maximizing fabric and knowing whether they have enough fabric for a particular task
- Figuring how much their work might be worth and what price to ask for it
In online patchwork quilt class Math for Quilters, find the easiest ways to overcome all these and all other obstacles. This online patchwork quilt class revisits the math presented in primary and secondary school in a simplified and quilt-specific form. Here, review your general math knowledge and learn how to apply it specifically to patchwork quilting.
This online patchwork quilt class demonstrates how to plan and design quilts. In it, see how to:
- Set finished measurements for a quilt
- Determine the number and size of blocks, sashing, borders, and bindings to fill those dimensions
- Scale and draw blocks to a size appropriate for the design
- Make patterns and optional templates
- Calculate the amounts of each fabric needed
- Examine all the costs of quilting
- Learn how to set a price for quilts
Online patchwork quilt class Math for Quilters is chock full of tables, forms, and samples to be used for many years to come as a basis for recording quilt designs and the strategies for making them. All this and more waits for you in the lessons.
Follow and use Dena’s clear instructions to suit your needs. Discover ways to bring math theory alive in practice. See your comprehension of applied math and your ability to resolve math problems that arise for all quilters improve. Gain a fresh outlook on quilting as the work shows the improved results of your efforts.
Note: Math for Quilters does not require you to make a quilt, only to plan one that could be made.
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Skill Level: All
To work with and master the math of patchwork and quilting, you need some specialized drawing tools and materials. Do not lose money on expensive high-tech drawing tools at this time. They can be far too fine for your requirements, especially if you do not know how to use them.
Instead, see what office supply and general stationery stores offer. These tools and supplies are adequate and far less expensive. If later, a particular tool is not of sufficient quality to satisfy your needs, seek a better quality tool then. Learn to handle the inexpensive variety of tools and get into the good habit of taking care of the tools, and then decide whether you need to upgrade to proper mechanical drafting tools.
Specifically, you need:
- Inexpensive plain white paper in large sheets (11″ x 17″ or larger) such as a newsprint tablet or child’s inexpensive sketchpad for drawing designs
- 1/4″ grid (graph) paper for making scale drawings of quilt designs and patchwork blocks (beware online downloads that do not print square or to correct size)
- Letter size white paper or a notebook with or without lines for taking notes
- Pencil or pen for note-taking; pencil sharpener for use with wooden pencils
- Pencil for drawing that can keep a sharp point for a long time. Any hard lead pencil will do, if you keep it very sharp. If you do much pattern drafting, invest in a mechanical pencil with a medium hardness lead of fine diameter, 0.5 – 0.7mm.
- ArtGum or other eraser that erases cleanly and brushes away easily without smudging, tearing the paper or leaving a residue
- 12″-18″ ruler with a metal edge, more durable and less likely to nick, for drawing straight lines
- Dressmaker’s tape measure, made from fabric or other non-stretch material, marked in inches on one side and centimeters on the other, with protective metal sheathes on the ends
- Tool for drawing accurate seam allowances, perhaps a clear plastic ruler with 1/4″ grid on it in blue, a plastic 1/4″ rod or a brass disk with center hole
- Paper scissors – no dressmaker shears!
- Template material – cardboard for single use because the damage easily, or more durable plastic for multiple uses – or manufactured templates in a variety of shapes and sizes
- One or more tools for working with angles. Make use of a square rotary ruler if it is marked for 30º, 45º, 60º, and 90º angles, or buy plastic drafting triangles. A protractor gives more options for measuring and drawing angles, but it may be difficult to use.
- Battery or solar powered calculator with basic functions including square root calculation
- Computer with drawing software and a printer (optional). If you have a graphic design software program that you know how to use, it may be easier to work all calculations and do design planning and sketches on the computer. Acceptable programs include CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator, EQ or QuiltPro, EazyDraw for Mac and many others. This online patchwork quilt class does not address computer-aided design; please do not expect any technical assistance with software.
Compass with extender for drawing circles and arcs (optional). The pointed end goes in the center of the circle, and you draw with a sharpened pencil point on the other leg. Put downward pressure on the handle to secure the needle point. Then swing the compass pencil around the needle point to make a perfect circle or arc for patchwork, appliqué or quilting designs. The extender allows the compass to make larger circles or arcs. Keep the point of the pencil lead sharp with a bit of sandpaper, and keep it positioned in the compass to make the finest possible drawing line