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Math for Quilters

Math for Quilters

by Dena Dale Crain
Math for Quilters

Math for Quilters

by Dena Dale Crain

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Most patchwork quilters follow published patterns and directions for their patchwork quilting projects. Math for Quilters empowers you with the mathematics to design patchwork quilts or change the size or proportions of a published project or pattern.

Many patchwork quilters are defeated in their efforts to use math by these problems:
—Making measurement conversions
—Fitting square blocks into rectangular quilt plans
—Planning an on-point setting
—Maximizing fabric and knowing whether they have enough fabric for a particular task
—Figuring how much their work might be worth and what price to ask for it

In Math for Quilters, find the easiest ways to overcome these and other obstacles as we revisit the math presented in primary and secondary school in a simplified and quilt-specific form.

Learn to plan and design quilts, including how to:

—Size a quilt for bed or wall
—Draw quilt designs and patterns to scale
—Understand ratios, proportions, and scale
—Analyze any quilt block so you can replicate it to any size
—Replicate compound block design
—Use arcs and curves in quilt block patterns
—Understand the importance of scale in block patterns
—Work with two measuring systems
—Master log cabin blocks
—Plan all elements of a quilt, including blocks, borders, sashing, cornerstones, and binding
—Review plane geometry, the foundation of all patchwork quilting
—Create original quilt design patterns
—Design patchwork quilts from the inside out and from the outside in
—Revisit high school algebra
—Master on-point quilt block settings (easier than you think!)
—Apply principles of symmetry to quilt and quilt block designs
—Use "square in a square" mathematics
—Discover "sacred geometry" in quilt design: the Sacred Triangle, the Sacred Rectangle, the Golden Mean, symmetry, tessellation, Fibonacci series, and fractal geometry
—Annotate quilt patterns
—Maximize fabric use by developing pattern lay-outs
—Build and use rotary cutting tables
—Handle a variety of complex pattern cutting situations, including fussy cutting, on-point appliqué patterns, and irregular shapes
—Lay out and cut sashing, cornerstones, borders, batts, and backings for quilts, as well as discovering three layouts for bindings: lengthwise, crosswise, and bias (each has its use!)
—Plan and execute patchwork borders
—Develop a total plan for making any quilt you can design
—Calculate the actual costs of making a quilt
—Price your work based on costs plus profit
—Sell your quilts

Math for Quilters includes 14 useful tables and instructions for drawing quilt designs on a computer without specialized, expensive software.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940163400232
Publisher: Dena Dale Crain
Publication date: 11/25/2019
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Dena Dale Crain relocated from the USA to Kenya in 1990. She has spent most of her time since then living on the shore of Lake Baringo, two hundred miles and a five-hour drive north of Nairobi, with husband Jonathan Leakey, eldest son of Louis and Mary Leakey, renowned paleontologists.

Dena saw patchwork quilting as a way to employ local women, taught herself the basics and began a small production quilting business in her home. With advanced degrees in design, anthropology, and textiles, she was uniquely positioned to help. As her experience and confidence increased, she began producing “one-off” works of art. Dena’s innovative and art quilts have been the subject of several solo art exhibitions and group quilt shows in Africa.

Dena helped found the Kenya Quilt Guild and continues to keep a pulse on its activities. She helps educate members of the society at large about quilts as art. She has written magazine articles and lectured at quilting and non-quilting functions.

Teaching in Cape Town, South Africa, for the Good Hope Quilters Guild National Quilt Festival in July 2002 moved Dena into the ranks of international quilting teachers. Since then, she has taught art quilting at such prestigious venues as the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England; the European Patchwork Meeting in Val d'Argent, France; and the International Quilt Festivals in Houston and Chicago in the USA. In 2011, she earned South Africa National Quilt Guild certification as a qualified quilt judge and in 2018 she became a Recommended Teacher for the same guild.

In 2004 Dena joined the faculty of Quilt University, an online educational facility for patchwork quilters. She taught there for ten years before hosting online patchwork quilt design classes on QuiltEd Online. Today, her innovative and unusual classes are available through the Academy of Quilting. An inventive and creative mind coupled with top-notch sewing skills makes Dena Dale Crain an educator of high merit in the world of patchwork quilting.

Find links to Dena's patchwork quilt ebooks, online quilt classes and original pattern downloads on her website.

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