EQ8 gives us different ways to estimate fabric yardage when designing a quilt. EQ8 is the latest upgrade for Electric Quilt software. [no sponsorship]
A lot of my quilts have improvisational blocks or even large improvisational sections, like in this quilt shown below. One of my challenges has been estimating yardage for quilts that have very scrappy improv blocks when I’m writing a pattern. Here’s something I’m trying out as a ‘work around’.
Here’s the image for a lap quilt pattern I’m working on. This will be issued in a few weeks so be sure to sign up for my newsletter.
In this design of the quilt, I used 27 different fabrics for the improvised top and bottom sections, solid blocks and the rail fence blocks. EQ8 calculated how many eighths, quarters and yards for each of those 27 fabrics. Since this is a scrap quilt, I didn’t need exact amounts of yardage—just a close approximation for guidance.
Here’s my short cut work around. I created a 3 color version of the same quilt by simply recoloring all of the sections. Here’s what it looks like. Now EQ8 provided me with the amounts needed for the solid unpieced blocks (in white), the black inside borders and sashing and a total amount for the rail fence and improv top and bottom sections (in green).
I assumed that the estimate for the green fabric might be an under-estimate. There are a lot of tiny pieces in these improv sections–and no one is really going to try to estimate the sizes of all the pieces of stash fabric we pull out! But, the yardage does give me (and my pattern users) a general place to start. Some quilters may use a smaller number of fabrics to make this quilt—so, having the total amount needed will be very helpful because they will probably be pulling fat quarters or 1/2 yards from their stash.
Final tip: EQ8 will now calculate your yardage if fat quarters! Yahoo!!!
Stay tuned for the pattern—it will include 4 different sizes from Crib to King.