Q&A with Oda May: Fabric Scale


Today Oda May tells it like it is when it comes to fabric scale.

{fabrics shown are from Avalon by Fig Tree and Co.}



Dear Oda May,

I like to design my quilts in a software program before I make them. I love that Moda provides jpegs of fabric lines but how can I tell the scale?

Scaled Out in Schenectady



Dear Scaled Out,

Start with the PDF for the collection. You can find them all{here}. The green scissors icon is for the PDFs. Here is the PDF file for Fig Tree and Co.'s newest line, Avalon.

www.unitednotions.com/fcc_avalon.pdf

All of the fabric swatches shown in the PDF are scaled down by 50% - unless otherwise indicated. Certain extra large repeats and panels are often reduced by 75%.  Knowing the scale of a fabric is also helpful for other quilters who are hunting for just the right polka dot, stripe, or damask (or whichever print strikes your fancy!).

Trimmed and Squared,



2 comments:

Wendie Waldman said...

What a great resource. Could someone direct me to any quilt designing software they would recommend? Thank you!

Malini said...

The software they're talking about is: EQ7 by http://electricquilt.com/

You can also buy it from amazon:
EQ7 Software