Try it on Tuesday: No Math Quilt Charts and Formulas

I recently got a package from Landauer Publishing and in it was a real treasure, “No Math Quilt Charts and Formulas”.  Let’s just say…I LOVE it.


The book is small – just 4″ x 6″ but it is jam packed full of great information that I have used again and again.

Here are some of the great charts that are included inside.  Have you ever wondered how many 2″ squares you can get from a fat quarter?  If you’re designing quilts it’s something that is valuable to know.  It eliminates figuring it out via a calculator again and again.

Have you ever wondered if you need to make some half square triangles how big do you cut the squares before you draw the line?  Well wonder no more.

I am constantly grabbing this little book and will for a long time to come.

The book is a great price and would make a great gift for a quilting friend.  Here is a link to it on their site.  We have one to give away.  If you’d like to win it, tell us if you design quilts already or if you’d like to give it a try.  We’ll pick a winner next week.

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95 thoughts on “Try it on Tuesday: No Math Quilt Charts and Formulas

  1. Janinne

    I don’t design my own quilts but I often dream about patterns that I’ve seen. In the dreams, I’m trying to figure out how to adapt what I’ve seen to something that would work for me. It can be very frustrating especially if there’s any math involved. It’s great that someone has figured it all out for me. Definitely going to put this book on my Christmas list!

  2. MJ

    I enjoy the whole process of designing a quilt….from picking out fabrics to sewing on the binding and everythng in between!

  3. Sandy N

    That book looks like a great resource. I have designed a few little quilts for my LQS when they’ve gotten in a line that didn’t have its own pattern but they were VERY simple ones. I would love to win that book. It would make life a little easier. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  4. Ott

    I would love to have the new book as a resource to help with the blocks I try to design from my stash. It would be a great assistance !!

  5. Toni Anne

    I’d love to design quilts I’ve done a few but, the math part always stumps me. Thanks for showing us. Now I have something on my Christmas list. ;-> Toni Anne Give Ruby a hug for me.

  6. Jean

    I have designed several quilts. I had some cat blocks given to me and I added some other cat prints and made a small quilt. It sold last Sat at our bazaar for $45.00 and all fabric was scraps, except the backing and binding.

  7. Sherri Oxley

    Thanks for the opportunity to win. I wouldn’t call myself a designer, but I often see something that I like in a magazine, online, or in a book with which I try and figure out how to do my own thing. I can see how this reference would come in handy.

  8. Alice Ronne

    I haven’t designed a quilt-yet. Since I consider myself “math challenged” this book will be very useful in helping me through it. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. pdudgeon

    this book would definitely be used in my household. I always need to ‘re-configure’ the size of printed patterns to suit my bed, so those charts would really be used (and would save me oodles of time and paper figuring out the math!) thanks for this give-away Jo.

  10. Linda

    Have lots of quilts floating around in my head but never have designed one. This book is one I think any quilter could use. Would LOVE to win.
    THANKS

  11. Cindy F

    I don’t design quilts, however I have just kind of put one together as I went along. I’ve had to do the math a few times on several projects so this little book would really make a difference. Thanks for the opportunity!

  12. Sue K

    I am just getting into designing – I retired from 32 years of teaching in June, so now I have lots of time. Thanks for the opportunity.

  13. Dee

    I would love this resource – and yes, I do design some of my quilts – as well as the guild challenge.

  14. LoriL

    I can’t say I actually design quilts, but I do change things up on patterns I purchase or find on line. This book would actually be very handy to have in my purse when I am shopping and unexpectedly find “that right fabric”. Then I could figure out how much to buy so I don’t have tons left over and save some money in my wallet. Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. sandi1100

    I haven’t designed my own quilt yet but think about doing it. I would love to win a copy of this book for all the helpful info in it. Thanks for the chance.

  16. Robert

    What a great little book. I guess a few of the charts I’ve copied from other sources thinking I would make my own little books, but why when it’s all in this book. Guess I could get it and add other charts and hints in the back. Looks like a nice investment. From northern Iowa. . . .

  17. Carol Sc

    I don’t design new quilts, but I usually try to take a pattern and “make it mine” by changing some elements of it. I belong to a couple of quilt groups and we often challenge each other, which pushes us out of our comfort zone. This looks like a very handy book.

  18. susan rizzi

    I don’t necessarily design quilts but sometimes find a picture of a quilt and try to copy the pattern on my own. A book like this would be a big help.

  19. Elaine M

    What a great book! I often take a pattern and resize the blocks and this book would be a big help. Thanks for the chance to win.

  20. Jeanne in Ohio

    I don’t design quilts like you do, but I always make each quilt my own. If the instructions don’t make sense to me, I change methods. This book would help with that. Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. Mary Jo

    I never seem to follow a pattern exactly as written, so I guess you can call that designing a quilt. This little book would be a great help! Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. Tammie Stephens

    This sounds like a GREAT book. I like to think I can follow a pattern but I ALWAYS end up thinking… I wonder if I did this and maybe if I did that how it would look. I add, enlarge, and change up blocks to make the design my own. But as you might know, now comes the math on how to make the block bigger, smaller or just plain different to fit my new design. This book sounds like it might help me get past my poor math skills or my slicing up blocks to force them to fit.

  23. Jess

    I don’t know if I really design my own quilts, but I like to take ideas from others quilt blocks to create my own quilt designs. I would love to have this book to help when I am making my charity and gift quilts. Thanks for the opportunity,It looks like an amazing book.

  24. Brenda C.

    I am constantly sitting with pencil and paper calculating sizes for quilt pieces. A group from our guild makes quilts for children and a lot of them are designed on the spot, so this would be a great asset.

  25. Regina

    I don’t design quilts but I am always in need of the information in the book – here’s hoping I win it!

  26. karen

    I find patterns and then decide I want the blocks a different size so i always have to figure out the amount of fabric i will need. I am always trying to figure out how many squares or triangles fit in a piece of fabric. I think this book would be a big help

  27. Jeanne

    I have not designed quilts yet but sure would love to try. This book would be a great help in doing that.

  28. Bonnie Pfrimmer

    I haven’t designed any quilts but have a few ideas in my head. Would love this resource book to help bring these ideas to a quilt. Thank you for sharing this book with us.

  29. Connie H.

    Most generally, I usually always make a quilt larger than what the pattern calls for, and trying to figure out how much extra fabric I need is confusing. Would love to win this so maybe it would make it easier. Thanks for much for the giveaway.

  30. Maryellen

    I love good resource info. I do design my own quilts, and use EQ7, but I also check to make sure I have the fabric calculations correct. Thanks.

  31. Sharon Judkins

    I have never designed a quilt and I am not sure that I ever would. Just not something I am interested in. I do take a pattern and pick my own fabric choices and make it my own. That is kind of like designing.

  32. Sandy G

    I don’t consider myself a designer but I have seen pictures of quilts and do my best to figure out how to make it. This book would be very handy!

  33. Carmen

    I’ve only done a little bit of designing my own quilts, but would like to do more. This book would really come in handy!

  34. Lynne in Hawaii

    Put me on board for this one….I could really use it. I am a ‘seat of the pants’ kind of quilter. I don’t usually follow a pattern. I do pieceing and machine applique. I have created quilts with larger ‘hono’ or sea turtles, a gecko quilt and the cutest manatee you ever saw (for my grandson in Florida.).

  35. Lisa B

    I resize quilts, usually making them larger, so this book would be great for figuring out how much more fabric I need.

  36. Julie in WA

    I am constantly ‘designing’ quilts, always using math to make my creations work. Of course, none of it is too original, but I do like to rearrange and resize blocks according to my ideas. This would be a great help!

  37. Gloria

    I hope I win this book because I changed a pattern, to resize the quilt
    and I had a miserable time trying to change some of the HST and the setting blocks. Sure could have used this book.

  38. Nancy Turner

    Trying to figure out how much fabric I need when I want to change the size of quilt makes my brain go in circles. Would love to win this.

  39. Linda

    Looks like a great little book. I haven’t done a lot of quilt designing, more quilt adapting. I think this little books will be part of a bday gift for my quilty sister!

  40. Sue

    I have not designed any quilts, although I made a row by row Christmas quilt that was applique and personal, if that counts. I would love to design quilts. I keep thinking, when I retire that’s what I’m going to do. Yes, I would love to win this book.

  41. Ellie

    This looks like a great little book! I make mostly scrap quilts so it would be very helpful to know how many half square triangles I can get out of a fat quarter or do I have to make another trip to my LQS!

  42. Denise Briggs

    Who’d a thought! Every needed equation in one little book. What a great book. Please add me to your drawing.

  43. Bek

    I do design my own quilts, but it takes me days especially if I have HST in it!! And I am currently planning one that has LOTS!!! This book would be brilliant – just for that page alone ;)

  44. Maureen

    OMG!!! This would make life so much easier! I am forever trying (unsuccessfully) to calculate how much fabric I need. Usually end up with much more than I really need, or worse- not enough! Thank you for sharing this book and the chance to actually win it!

  45. Gwen

    I have made quilts in the past using blocks from more than one pattern, but never started from scratch with a design. I would find this book very useful and would be sharing with my quilting daughter and grandaughters. Hugs!

  46. Dottie Yearout

    I design quilts all the time. Sometimes I go to Pinterest and do a search among my pins to find information. I don’t know why I haven’t purchased this book. It would make my life easier….

  47. Emily

    I haven’t designed any quilts, but I sure can see how this little book could be a big help doing so. I would love to win this book! Thanks for having this giveaway.

  48. Evelyn

    While I have designed some my quilts, I can use all the help I can get. Reinventing the proverbial wheel time and time again certainly gets old after awhile. I surely would welcome this book.

  49. linda v

    I usually take an idea, draft my own pattern and it evolves. I would LOVE this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  50. Bonnie Larson

    I would love to win this book. It looks like a valuable edition to any sewing room. Thanks so much for sharing

  51. Martha

    Even for a beginner quilter like me, adding a different patch at the corners like I do, this would be a great addition.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  52. Evie H

    I don’t design from scratch but do take existing elements and reconfigure. I have reference sheets all over the place but having them contained in one handy book would be wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway! I hope you pick my name. =)

  53. Lisa R

    I kinda take patterns I semi-like and twist them a little to make them more simple and to fit my taste better… So I guess thats a half and half at designing. Thanks!

  54. jmniffer

    I’ve made up quilts using leftover scraps and bonus HST’s. I don’t know that it is really designing, just making do with what I have. This book looks great. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  55. Janet

    I’ve never made HSTs, I know gasp! I’m somewhat new to quilting and love to design my own things with bits and pieces of pattern ideas that I’ve seen without HSTs. I see HSTs in my future with this book ;c) Thanks for the chance to win!

  56. Glenda in Florida

    I’m not sure you could call it “designing”, so much as revising or altering patterns I’ve seen. I sometimes re-size blocks, or make other adjustments to existing patterns. This looks like a great reference book.

  57. Susan

    I usually start with a pattern and then go off into uncharted territories! I love pieced borders that are unique so I usually have to figure them out on my own. I love starting with a medallion and adding borders…always weird block sizes so I design my own blocks. This looks like a must-have resource/reference book for every quilter!

  58. Deborah DeBerry

    I have never designed a pattern, but I daydream about one. My worry is figuring out the math on the different pieces. Maybe someday I will get brave. Thanks for the chance to win a solution to my dilemma.

  59. Margaret Schindler

    I am trying to design blocks right now. I have my graph paper and pencil and am working on blocks that I design. This book would be great. Thanks for sharing

  60. Diane S

    I see patterns I would like to try but with a different twist to them. Some day I’ll will try, but now I’ll stick to the patterns out there.

  61. Susan P

    I’m working on a quilt right now that I’m changing many of the blocks. Just this morning I had to google how to measure for half-square triangle blocks. This booklet looks really handy.

  62. Sharon Hughson

    I have designed quilts and at least change things up on an off the rack pattern. Hope I win this book b/c I’m on a spending diet right now.

  63. MaryLou

    Oh don’t we all play with changing up all those neat patterns available… This book looks like a treasure trove of wonderful information.. Since I seem to be a bit math challenged – this would sure be a great helper..
    Thanks so much for the chance.
    MaryLou

  64. Colette

    I don’t design but I have seen a couple of quilts which I have drafted the block since I could not find the original pattern. Or a block I like but want to resize it for a different scale.

  65. Carolyn

    This is exactly what I need! I want to REMAKE a “lady of the Lake” pattern as the one on my bed is thread bare, and all three of my girls want it! So I need to make 4 of them. I have had it so long, I used templates to cut out each of the triangles! I don’t want to do that again!

  66. Susie at ProsperityStuff

    Thanks for a chance at another fun giveaway! Most of my quilts require at least a little designing from me, since I’m always adapting, adjusting, resizing familiar patterns. Bits of calculating, lots of measuring, jotting notes, trying new things …

  67. Nell

    I have tinkered/modified other patterns, but not really designed anything myself. I think I should get brave and try. Does it have a chart for how big of a square to cut for bias binding? My friend has one that is just fabulous because it tells how big to cut it, but then walks you through the tube creation, marking and cutting. Appreciate the opportunity to win.

  68. Bonnie B

    Oh, would I love to win the book. I don’t have a problem with numbers in accounting and income taxes, but just let me try to figure out the measurements that I need in a quilt and it is definitely a problem. Looks like this little book would solve a lot of hair pulling moments. Thanks for the chance to win.

  69. Sharron

    This is definitely a book I’d like for my library. I’ve designed a couple of things and this would be a great help. Thanks for the information and also the chance to win.

  70. Jackie

    I’ve tried, but am so inexperienced with creating my own designs I don’t enjoy the process. I would love this book to gain the confidence and, most importantly, skills to create the designs I imagine. Thanks for the opportunity!

  71. Theresa M

    I’ll be honest. Have been wanting to make quilts for a Foster Home and I never remember the right numbers to use. This book would NEVER leave my sewing table!! lol

  72. Janet E

    I have tried to design a couple of quilts and always have had to beg for help. This book would be a great help to me and give the confidence that I need!!!! Thanks for the chance to win an awesome helper!!!!

  73. Mary in CA

    I don’t design my own quilts, but do change patterns around. This book would be great. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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