Accuracy, Math, & Measurement

When I was a youngster growing up in rural America math was often thought of as a four letter word especially for us girls it seemed. Needless to say, I too spent a lot of time dawdling to avoid completing my homework assignments from math class. When I reached high school I did truly try to get out of taking all math classes, but my advisers for whatever reason didn't listen to me and because of that my fate seemed to be enrolled in more than my fair share compared to other classmates. Its ironic after I grew up and headed off to college, that I eventually became an accountant for much of my career. I guess this type of work did allow me to exercise my need to focus attention on details.

Now that that part of my life is over and having become an avid long-arm quilter, I now understand that I cannot stress enough the importance of measurement and accuracy in creating the quilt block. The more pieces in the construction of the quilt block the greater the probability for one or more sizing issues. Thus to avoid any risk of failure, accuracy and consistency ought to become your new best friends as you cut your way through each fabric component.

One of the ways I encourage this "friendship with math" and to get comfortable with making block quilts of any complexity is through the joining of one or more "block of the month" or "BOM" quilt clubs. In general, a local quilt shop will have some available information on "block of the month" programs, along with, associated quilt classes for all interested persons. I highly recommend this avenue of exploration to any beginner to take advantage of any and all nearby resources, especially when they are close to home.

Unfortunately, I do live in a place where access to the local quilt shops and classes are not readily accessible without spending way too much time in the car, and so I have been strongly encouraged to be an online fanatic of Internet based resources. With a bit of time spent digging through related websites, I have found wonderful online shops that also offer BOM clubs to remote folks like myself. Being a "hands on" person, I do like to learn by doing and that is where I am comfortable. So through these online resources I have found places to go where I can continually improve my quilting skills and overall knowledge.

Yes, the old adage is true that "practice does make perfect". As for "math" know-how, listed below I have found some online resources useful and worth checking:

 

 

  • http://www.quiltmath.com/: The "My Quilting Math Buddy" is a software program available for purchase which does all of the calculating for your quilting project.

 

  • http://www.byannie.com/: The "Math for Quilters" is a helpful 12 page quick reference guide that is available for purchase.

 

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