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Smartphone Apps for Quilters

Smartphone Apps to Help You Make a Quilt

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I haven't installed a lot of applications on my cell phones in the past, because I don't play games. But today I did a bit of research about smartphone apps for quilters, and was surprised to find quite a few.

For the sake of disclosure, I use an iPhone, and I tried not to be biased when compiling this list of applications, but I found more smartphone quilting apps for Apple's phone than for Android cells. The majority of iPhone apps will also work on the iPad, and some have unique versions especially for that device. Many will work with an iPod.

Do you have a favorite smartphone app for quilters? Use the link at the bottom of the page to give us a short review. And remember, apps change constantly -- you might see new features when you explore the choices on my list.

Quick & Easy Quilt Block Tool

C&T Publishing created this free iPhone app just for quilters. It includes over 100 quilt blocks, and gives you cutting diagrams and patch sizes for multiple sizes of each block. It would also be handy to take along when you shop, to pull up quilt blocks you might want to make and review their structure.

I don't have the app yet, but sizes assume that you will cut patches individually, and not use quick piecing techniques.

The app also works with iPod touch and the iPad.

Quilts 1700–2010

Here's an interesting iPhone app. It was created for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and includes 22 quilts that were on display at the museum in 2010. The quilts cover three centures of quiltmaking in Great Britain. ($2.99)

Judith Baker Montano's Embroidery & Crazy Quilt Stitch Guide

Another iPhone app from C&T Publishing. A free version of the app includes instructions for 10 stitches (right hand and left hand sewing). You can upgrade to the three paid apps from within the free version.

  • Beginning #1 includes 60 basic embroidery stitches and over 20 minutes of video
  • Advanced #2 takes you to more advanced stitches and offers another 20 minutes of video
  • Silk Ribbon #3 includes more than 50 stitches to help you create projects with silk ribbon, and more video

Quilting Calc

Published by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, you can probably guess that this iPhone app helps you work with fabrics. The app includes eight quilt-related calculators: a fabric measurement converter, backing and batting calculator, a piece count calculator, border and binding calculators and more. It has some negative reviews regarding freeze-ups, but there's a new version available. And hey -- the app is free. If it doesn't work for you, delete it.

Quilting Calc is also available for Android cell phones.

Art Quilting Daily

Contemporary quilt lovers should check out this free iPhone app. You'll be able to read the daily blog posts from Quilting Daily, with tips on surface design, wearable arts, crazy quilting, beading, silk ribbon techniques, fabric painting and lots more. This smartphone app also gives you access to over 100 how-to videos.

Quilt Shops

Quilters Club of America helped develop the info contained in this free iPhone app for quilters. Enter a city, state or zip code and search, or let the app do the work to find the shops nearest your current location. Once you find a shop that sounds interesting, you'll be able to pull up more information about it, including its Web site.

The app also has a feedback feature -- report new shops or shops that have closed or changed locations.

The same app is also available for Android cell phones.

AccuQuilt

This is a free commercial app for the iPhone that allows you to easily shop the AccuQuilt site from your phone, iPod or iPad. AccuQuilt manufactures precision cutters. I haven't used one of their products, but have heard good reviews.

Fabric Stash

Definitely read the expanded description to learn what you can expect from this iPhone app. Take pics of your fabric and then sort it in lots of ways. Track costs and tell the app to remember where you bought the fabric (and how much you paid for it). Create lists for your projects and make wish lists. Match fabrics. This is one of the apps I will likely purchase. ($4.99)

Quilt Shop Locator

Quilt Shop Locator is another iPhone app that helps you find shops near your current location. This app also allows user feedback to send alerts about shops that are no longer open.

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