Scoop: App Attack!
megan • July 27, 2011 • 26 Comments

Don’t know about you, but here at GenQ HQ, we are all glued to our smartphones. How else would we check up on Facebook, email our moms, tweet what we’re having for lunch and sext our spouses (okay, none of us has done that. Yet.) if we didn’t have such marvelous devices to make it possible? One of us even has an iPad and lords it over the rest of us because she can play Angry Birds without going blind.

And naturally, being quilters, we all have loads of quilt-related apps on our various devices, and we’re always looking for more. Even apps that aren’t specifically meant for quilters can be useful, and we like ‘em even better when they’re free. So for those of you who are curious about what apps to get, we’ve done some research for you. In this first of a three-part series, we review five popular quilting apps and tell you exactly what they do, what they don’t do, how much they cost, and whether we think you should download them.

Quick and Easy Quilt Block Tool
C&T Publishing
$3.99
iPhone, iPad

This comes from our buds at C&T Publishing, the company that produces so many of the quilt and sewing books we love. This app started its life as a fan deck that C&T has published for years. It became an app about two years ago and was one of the first quilt-specific apps in the market. A compendium of 102 traditional quilt blocks, this app shows you rotary cutting diagrams for each block, including the sizes and yardage you will need to create each block in 5 sizes (4”, 6”, 8”, 10”, and 12”). You can view the block library in a list or grid format and select favorites for quick review later. There’s a guide for using the instructions as well as a handy bunch of tips that could be very useful for a novice quilter.

Yay or Nay? While this app has no interactive or customizable options, it’s a great help for re-sizing blocks—as long as you are making one of the included patterns. It’s also fabulous if you like to design on the go and can inspire some great quilts from these classic designs.  The interface is clear and easy to understand, and we consider this one of the best apps out there.

 

Fabric Stash
Blueshift Software
$4.99
iPhone, iPad

If you are one of those anal retentive types who likes to catalog your spice rack and index your back issues of TV Guide (yes, we’re that old), then you may be in the market for an app like this. Organize your stash by taking a photo of each fabric and labeling it according to name, manufacturer, line, color, weight, size, location and cost, which you can then use to sort the entire stash. You can pull the fabric image from your photo library or take a pic on the spot. It also has a wish list, for including fabrics you’d like to get later, listings for projects and non-fabric items as well. (more…)

26 Comments

  • Linda Knierim • 6 years ago
    COMMENT #1

    I would like for you to say which of these are available for I-touch. I’m still learning.
    Thanks,

    • megan • 6 years ago
      COMMENT #

      if you mean the iPod touch, then anything that is available for iPhone is available for that.

  • Melissa @ Love Affair With My Brother • 6 years ago
    COMMENT #2

    We need some apps for those of us who are still in love with our Blackberries!!! 🙂

  • Frances Quigley • 6 years ago
    COMMENT #3

    You are toooo funny. Love your mojito thing. Thanks for the info tho, I will certainly be looking into some of these. I already have one or two of them but did not know about the others. Good info.

  • Willa • 6 years ago
    COMMENT #4

    The only one that really appeals to me is below. Will you update us when it no longer crashes etc? I would love to store my projects and fabrics! I would not love crashes!

    Fabric Stash
    Blueshift Software
    $4.99
    iPhone, iPad

  • BonnieB • 6 years ago
    COMMENT #5

    I like playing with the free Kaufman app on my itouch! Being a beginner, it can be entertaining as well as a helpful tool.

  • Karen • 6 years ago
    COMMENT #6

    I haven’t seen any of these kinds of aps available for my Palm Pre Plus phone – I don’t have a I Pad or I touch – looks nice.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

  • Anna • 6 years ago
    COMMENT #7

    Great reviews! But what about Android options? I have a tablet that I LOVE but I opted for the Samsung Galaxy because it was way more affordable than the ipad and I don’t have a smart phone. So any chance you’ll review some apps for Android as well?

    • Brynda Raether • 4 years ago
      COMMENT #

      Quilt Calc-free
      Quilting Guide-free
      Quilting-free
      Quilting 101-free
      Patchwork & Quilting-free
      Quilt Shops-free
      Quick & Easy Quilt Block-$1.99
      All About Quilting-$9.97

  • Lindsay • 6 years ago
    COMMENT #8

    I don’t use an iPhone, but this post makes me reconsider…

  • Sarah Craig • 6 years ago
    COMMENT #9

    The only one of these that I actually have is the Robert Kaufmann app, but I use it constantly – it’s great for figuring out if I can get the necessary number of pieces out of my fabric cut. I do think they should add the mojitos option – seems necessary to me for sure! I will be downloading the BlockFab app today – it sounds interesting and definitely in my price range!!

  • Jill Tafoya • 6 years ago
    COMMENT #10

    I love my iPod, so it’s good to have some input on the apps. I do have the Quick and Easy Block Tool loaded and it is a favorite of mine, as an app and in it’s original form, the fan…

  • Michelle @ the quilted tortoise • 6 years ago
    COMMENT #11

    I also love the Infinite Variety app which is a gallery of all of the quilts from the amazing red and white quilt expo that was on in New York, for those of us who couldn’t go it’s the next best thing!

  • Jaye • 6 years ago
    COMMENT #12

    There is also an iPad app called Project Quilt. It is like SeamedUp, but less functional. FYI only.

  • Ramona • 6 years ago
    COMMENT #13

    I have to admit, I used the Robert Kauffman app frequently to figure out how much brown/white fabric to buy for the Cal-King sized Cathedral Windows quilt that I finally finished today… LOVE the app.

    • jake • 6 years ago
      COMMENT #

      OOOHHH! I can’t wait to see it tomorrow, Ramona. People, this quilt is amazing! I’ll snap some pics of it while I’m at Long Beach and post them on Facebook for us to ogle. And ogle we will, promise!

  • Kandy • 6 years ago
    COMMENT #14

    Wish there was more quilty/magazine stuff for us (many) Android users:-(
    I too have the Samsung Galaxy Tablet, a great device. Have found a good bias binding calculator App for it too – easy to use:-)

  • Queen Patricia • 6 years ago
    COMMENT #15

    I am awaiting some quilting block apps for DROID. PLEASE!

  • Beverly Lusk • 6 years ago
    COMMENT #16

    Android is being left out!!!

    • megan • 6 years ago
      COMMENT #

      If you know of some great apps for Android, let me know and I’ll see about including them in a future piece. However, I have an Android phone, and I just haven’t found much there yet.

  • KRIS BLESKE • 6 years ago
    COMMENT #17

    I’m looking for quilting apps for android tablets.

  • Kelly • 5 years ago
    COMMENT #18

    Need apps for windows phone

  • Margaret Magarey • 5 years ago
    COMMENT #19

    The apps which use photos of your own fabrics sound fantastic but my iPad 2 camera takes very muddy looking photos of otherwise beautifully coloured fabrics. Any ideas. Thanks, Marg

  • Chris • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #20

    There is also a new App available for the iPad called Quiltography. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/quiltography-mobile-digital/id585991997?mt=8

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