Right Sides Together launched two years ago this May, and one of our very first posts was a roundup of quilting apps for smartphones. It’s remained one of our most popular posts ever.
That said, two years is FOREVAH in the tech world (and kind of a long time in the creative world too). So I’ve decided to gather a fresh slate of apps for your perusal and enjoyment! To my pleasant surprise, there are a lot of new ones with some great features to make designing, sewing, and finishing quilts a bit easier. Here are my top five.
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Quilting Tutorials by MSQC
Straight from the Missouri Star Quilt Company, this free quilting app provides hundreds of tutorials from Jenny Doan. The vast majority are quilt blocks with Jenny’s tips, and each tutorial links directly to the MSQC so you can buy requisite supplies, but not in an annoying way. I really like the clean look of this quilting app, as well as the assortment of blocks that are “traditional” but not too boring or easy. Plus there are a few bonus tutorials like a sewing machine pad, a purse, and some pillows. Available for iPhone, iPad, and Android.
I love apps that aren’t necessarily designed for quilting. Grid # imports a photo and then lays a grid over it. You know what Grid # is perfect for? Auditioning FMQ quilting designs! Simply export a photo with the grid size of your choice, then import it into a drawing app or print it out to practice your quilting motifs. Available for iPhone and iPad.
Sometimes quilt design creates a lot of debris. There are swatches, scratch pads with calculations and rough drawings, notes to self, possible quilting ideas. Paper is cool because it combines all the “brainstorming” elements of quilting into one app, kind of like a big digital bulletin board. Sketch, make diagrams, jot down notes, add color swatches, and play around, all within one app. Plus it’s totally free. Available for iPhone and iPad.
ColorSchemer is a (free!) Apple Staff favorite, and one of the most highly rated color palette apps on the internet. Create your own palette or browse over 1,000,000 (ONE MILLION) palettes shared by the COLOURlovers community. Plus you can enter in words and search by topic or mood (like “ocean”). That’s a lot of design options right in your pocket.
Okay, so you might balk at the price of this app: $14.99 (for iPad only). But it really is like three or four apps in one, and it’s very well designed and implemented. Quiltography allows you to customize more than 180 quilt blocks, design your own quilt from those blocks, import a photo to create your own pixel quilt pattern, import photos of fabric and track your stash (and use those images in your designs), and calculate yardage requirements. I like to think of it as “EQ Lite,” and $14.99 isn’t a bad price to pay for that.