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.


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,