Update on the Critters Quilt
The motors came back from IQ and I was able to finish quilting (using the designs auditioned during last weeks blog post). If you missed the post you can see how to audition images in an EQ design -- without redrafting them in Electric Quilt here.
If you live in Minneapolis, you can still catch the quilt in person at the Maple Grove Quilt Show at the Maple Grove Community Center. Show end at 4 pm today (April 29).
Calculating Yardage for Binding
I've been quilting for a long time. And I will admit that I typically calculate the number of binding strips manually and multiply the number times the size of strip I like to work with. I personally create my best bindings with strips cut 2-1/4" that are folded together. I sew on the top side of the quilt and fold over to the back. Then either blind hem stitch -- or when I am in a hurry tack down by machine.
For those of your that like the math, here is my formula.
(1) Add width and length of quilt
(2) Multiply x 2
(3) Divide by usable fabric per strip
(4) Round up to next whole number (this is the number of strips you need)
(5) When purchasing fabric, I will add 1 to the number (just to be safe)
(6) Multiply number of strips times the size of the strip.
Here is my manual binding calculation for an 80 x 90 quilt.
Note that 22.5 inches is the equivalent of 5/8 of a yard.
On Line Calculators
There are a number of websites that offer calculators for us that essentially go through this calculation process without needing to do the math. Here are a couple of examples.
If you own Electric Quilt 8, you have the option of creating your own binding calculator. No need to rely on an online version -- or go through the math.
Why is creating a separate binding calculator necessary?
When creating my quilt projects, I typically will set the binding size at .375 - which is 3/8". This mirrors what the front of my quilt looks like after the binding is finished.
However it doesn't result in accurate yardage as Electric Quilt will assume that the strips will be cut .875 (7/8 of an inch). Essentially it will add the seam allowances to the "finished" size as shown in the designed quilt. They have no clue that I am doubling the fabric and folding it over to the back side of the quilt for the finishing touches.
So I need to be able to tell EQ the size of my strips in order for the program to work its magic and tell me the correct amount of fabric needed for my yardage.
Create Your Own Binding Calculator
See how to create your own binding fabric calculator project in this short tutorial. You will be amazed at how easy it is to set up. And once it is set up all you need to do is open the project and insert the size of your finished quilt. EQ does everything else.
The first example in the video shows that for the 80 x 90 inch quilt we will need 5/8 of a yard. Notice that it matches my manual calculation above.
To test the EQ8 Binding Calculator, I decided to manually calculate the yardage for the 2nd quilt in the video. This was a smaller quilt (one that was 30 x 20). Here is the manual calculation which shows I need 9 inches (1/4 yard).
Exactly the same as the Electric Quilt 8 calculator.
Give the calculator a try and let me know what you think in the comments section.
Electric Quilt Expert and Educator and Pattern Designer.