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
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.
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…)