iQuilt Tutorials

On this page you can view tutorials which show how iQuilt works. We'll be adding how-to's as time goes on.

Before you can do any quilting computations, you must set up the dimensions used for the quilt. Tap the Quilt Dimensions button at the bottom of the screen to display the Quilt Dimensions screen. You'll notice that this screen resembles a calculator with various units of measurement (yards, inches, etc.) instead of mathematical operations.

The drop-down box which defaults to "Fabric Sizes   Fabric Width" allows you to input multiple dimensions for your quilt, divided into three categories.

Fabric Sizes:

  • Fabric width: The basic width of the fabric you will use. The default measurement is 40 inches.
  • Seam Width: The width of fabric "outside" of the sewn seams. The default is 1/4 inch.

Quilt Regions:

  • Top Width: The width of the body of the quilt, excluding border and drop areas. Typically, this dimension is the same as the width of the bed for which the quilt is being made.
  • Top Length: The length of the body of the quilt, excluding border and drop areas. Typically, this dimension is the same as the length of the bed for which the quilt is being made.
  • Border Width: The width of the border area of the quilt immediately surrounding the quilt body on all four sides.
  • Drop Length: The length of the drop of the quilt, surrounding the quilt on three of the four sides (both sides and the foot end).

Block Sizes:

  • Block Length: The length (head-end to foot-end) of a block in the body of the quilt.
  • Block Width: The width of a block in the body of the quilt.
  • Blocks Across: The number of blocks across the width of the quilt.
  • Blocks Down: The number of blocks down the length of the quilt.
  • Sashing: The width of the strips in between each of the quilt blocks.

An example:

You are making a quilt 60 inches wide and 80 inches long (Queen Size). You want a 4 inch border and a 12 inch drop, giving a total quilt size of 92 inches by 100 inches (60 inches wide plus two 4 inch borders plus two 12 inch drops, 80 inches long plus two 4 inch borders plus one 12 inch drop).  You are using 40 inch wide fabric, with a 1/4 inch seam, the defaults settings.

Tap the drop-down box, and select Quilt Regions followed by Top Width. Tap the done button. Tap the 6 button, the 0 button, and the in button. Repeat this process for each of the remaining dimensions (Top Length, Border Width, and Drop Length), entering the dimensions egach time. Afte you have all the dimensions entered, tap the Done button at the top of the screen to return to the calculator.

Tap the Quilt Ydg button. The calculator displays the total fabric needed for the top of the quilt (the 60x80 inch queen size area): 4.472222 yards (just short of 4-1/2 yards, iQuilt will be getting fractional support in a future release). Tap the Quilt Ydg button again. The calculator now shows the total amount of fabric needed for the back side of the quilt (92x100 inches, including the border and drop areas): 8.333 yards (8-1/3 yards).

Repeatedly tapping the Quilt Ydg button will give the following results:

  1. Top Yardage: 4.472222 yards (total fabric necessary for the top of the quilt).
  2. Backing Yardage: 8.333333 yards (total fabric necessary for the back of the quilt).
  3. Border Yardage: 1 yard (total fabric yardage necessary for the border).
  4. Border Strip Count: 8 (the number of strips necessary to make the border).
  5. Border Strip Width: 4.5 in (the width of the strips necessary for the border, including seams).
  6. Drop Yardage: 3.125 yards (3-1/8 yards, the total yardage necessary for the 12 inch drop surrounding the quilt).
  7. Drop Strip Count: 9 (the number of strips to cut from the drop fabric).
  8. Drop Strip Width: 12.5 (the width of the strips to be used for the drop, including seams).
  9. Binding Yardage: *
  10. Binding Strip Count: *
  11. Binding Strip Width: *

The cycle repeats itself, so long as no other buttons are tapped on the screen. Due to a bug in iQuilt (there's no way to enter the binding width), the binding results are erroneous. This will be fixed in the next release of the software.