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spaz2phreek
« on: November 04, 2005 10:18:38 AM »

I'm looking for 8" blocks but I can't find any patterns for 8" I like. I'm wondering if anyone has any handy tricks for scaling a pattern up or down to be what you want it to be.

The only thing I can think of is using templates which I've never done. I've always just found the block I want w/ measurements for rotary cutting and done it that way.......I don't really know how to go about using a template. Would that be my best options and if so, how hard would it be?
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Sewersue
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2005 04:03:25 PM »

Go to the thread - Geat Sites for Quilters. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=61389.0

I think there's a link there that can help you scale up or down a pattern.  If it's not there, let me know.  I have lots of resourceful quilter friends that can help you.  

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I found the site for you - http://thequiltedsnail.com/scale.html
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spaz2phreek
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2005 11:22:22 PM »

maybe I'm a dunce or maybe just lazy but I guess I'm not sure exactly how to utilize that chart.
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Sewersue
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2005 04:30:37 AM »

Let's say your block is 8".  You look at the block sizes on the left of the chart (current block size).  And you want to enlarge it to 12".  You then look at the block sizes on the top of the chart (desired block size).  Find the intersection for both rows which would be 150%.  This means that you would need to copy your pattern for your 8" block and enlarge it to 150%.   

If you wanted to reduce the block size (12" to 8"), you would follow the same instructions but would copy your pattern at 67%.

I hope this makes more sense.  And no, you're not a dunce or lazy!  Smiley

You mentioned that you might use templates.  Is that what the patterns calls for? If you can describe what you're making and post a pic of the block, maybe we can figure out a shortcut to cutting the fabric.
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sarybow
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2005 10:39:58 AM »

If you can describe what you're making ot post a pic of the block, maybe we can figure out a shortcut to cutting the fabric.

Oh, quilting math!  Post what blocks you are interested in and we can see if we can't figure out the math together.

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spaz2phreek
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2005 11:15:33 AM »

I'm gonna post one just to get it figured out for future reference but I think what I'll do this time is just go with 6" squares and add a subtle 1inch border all around. See, I've been given a space and measurements in which to make this quilt. 4 8" squares X 3 8" squares w/ 2" sashing is what I've come up with for the space while (mostly) staying in the given parameters.......

Just changed my mind. I think I'm just pick one block, like my favorite pinwheel variation, and just do a whole big pattern instead of individual blocks w/ sashing and all. But I do still want to learn how to do this.....


Here's a pretty darn simple block that I like.........
http://www.quilterscache.com/D_F/DutchmansPuzzleBlock.html
.........What I'm not sure about w/ the chart posted by SewerSue is once I've got the pattern blown up (or down) how do I know what size the cut my pieces? That's why I wondered about using a blown up (or down) pattern similar to template pieces. Or am I supposed to multiple the original measurements by the percentage.
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Sewersue
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2005 11:58:33 AM »

I posted your question on another message board.  Click on this link to see their suggestions:

http://boards.hgtv.com/groupee/forums/a/tpc/f/5894011632/m/4941036542

I hope it helps you!
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2005 09:27:53 AM »

THANKS! That totally helps.
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