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Hello all

Well, I need your ideas on something that is both quilting and non-quilting
related, but that combines very well.  Even if you are not a techie, I still
need your ideas for content.

I think that most of us have an idea of what Apps are, when it comes to
those little mini-programs on our smart phones and iPads/iTouch, etc. if you
have one.  Sort of like mini webpages without the web.  They can be games,
utilities, informational, etc. I am exploring the possibility of writing and
proposing a contest to my National Student Group, Business Professionals of
America in writing an App for presentation to a panel of judges.  Before I
do so though, I feel that I need to explore the process some, and the manner
of accomplishing this would involve gathering content and learning a new
programming language.  I want to see how easy/hard this is and how long it
might take to create.  Have I lost you yet?

So, in the spirit of accomplishing this, I want to create something that I
would find useful, so I thought about quilting.  This is where all of you
come in.  Thinking mini-web, without massive amounts of links, but a decent
amount of information that would be with you, on your cellphone or other
such device, what would you want to have access too.  My thoughts would be
"pages" with the following info:

Quilt sizes (crib, twin, double, etc)
Thread (types and what the weight numbers mean)
Needles (types and what the size numbers mean)
Types of marking pens

I hope you are getting the idea.  It would not be instructional, but more of
a reference so that if you were in the store and had to look something up,
you could.

I am in the very, very beginning stages of this idea and will be meeting
with a fellow teacher, and very, very techie person, to talk about this and
see where to head, but I would like to have an outline in place before
seeing him in July.

So, let the ideas fly.  Who knows what will come of this, but I thought that
I would throw it out there to see what you think.  I know that it is not
something that most of us would use, but if I am going to take the time to
work on this, I wanted to revolve it around something fun.

Thanks

Steven
Alaska



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Color wheel basics, synchronus colors, complementary colors

Ginger in CA

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Great idea.  I will write that down.

Steve

Color wheel basics, synchronus colors, complementary colors

Ginger in CA

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Chart of sizes to cut for setting triangles, both for border sides and
border corners

How much fabric needed to make various lengths and widths of binding,
a chart of some sort again



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Yes, then based on the chart you could quickly figure out yardage, for
either one.

Thanks

Steve


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That's pretty much what the apps QuiltFab and QuiltRef do!
KJ

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I already have two quilting apps on my iPod Touch.  I think both of
them were free.  One is called QuiltFab.  I've used this one several
times when out shopping.  You can plug in your quilt size, border
size, sashing size,   etc and it will tell you how much fabric to buy
for sashings, blocks, borders or backings.  It's very useful.
The other app is called QuiltRef.   You can calculate setting
triangles, do conversions of inches to yards to Cm and fractions to
inches.  It also has bed sizes and the sizes for comforters and
bedspreads.
You might want to look at these apps to see what's already out there
before reinventing the wheel.  I'm sure you could think of more
functions that would also be useful.  Good luck!
KJ

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Thanks.  Usually my googling is pretty good, but I haven't found these.
Thanks for pointing them out.  I'll definitely have to check on them.  Great
for ideas I am sure.  Maybe I will go with something totally different to
try my hand at this.

Steven
Alaska


I already have two quilting apps on my iPod Touch.  I think both of
them were free.  One is called QuiltFab.  I've used this one several
times when out shopping.  You can plug in your quilt size, border
size, sashing size,   etc and it will tell you how much fabric to buy
for sashings, blocks, borders or backings.  It's very useful.
The other app is called QuiltRef.   You can calculate setting
triangles, do conversions of inches to yards to Cm and fractions to
inches.  It also has bed sizes and the sizes for comforters and
bedspreads.
You might want to look at these apps to see what's already out there
before reinventing the wheel.  I'm sure you could think of more
functions that would also be useful.  Good luck!
KJ

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Well, it's a dull day with nothing new to learn - I figured out how to
put Apps on my iTouch! These two look interesting - the trick will be to
remember to have my itouch along when I go to a quilt store!  LOL

Looking forward to seeing what you develop, Steven - then I could have
THREE Apps!!  :)

Allison

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You've opened the floodgates now Allison!  I love my games and apps on
my iTouch!  I wish I had a lot more memory though, I have it pretty
much filled.  And I miss not having internet access when I'm away from
wi-fi hot spots!  I love my Touch!!

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I thought that you haven't mentioned the types and sizes of cutters -
rotary and scissors; and the types, shapes and sizes of cutting rules
and templates.
But, if there are already two out there, maybe you won't go ahead with
this?
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Best Regards
Pat on the Green

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On Wed, 09 Jun 2010 19:05:05 -0800, Steven Cook wrote:
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Tables of basic geometric and trigonometric formulas, well labeled as to
what they are for.
stuff like a^2 +b^2=c^2, A=1/2bh, (pi)r^2=A, and (pi)2r=C
Useful things for changing sizes or designing.
I cannot count the number of times I have had to remind somebody of those
4 formulas alone.  Especially which one for the circumference of a circle
and which for the area.  I will never understand why they made us
memorize (pi)2r in school instead of (pi)d.  A lot more people would be
able to keep the two equations straight with just that wee difference.

NightMist

a^2+b^2=c^2,  The length of one straight leg of a right triangle
multiplied by itself, plus the length of the other straight leg
multiplied by itself, equals the length of the diagonal times itself.

A=1/2bh  The area of a triangle equals (the length of the base multiplied
by the height) divided by two

(pi)r^2=A  The area of a circle equals 3.14 multiplied by (the radius of
the circle multiplied by itself)

(pi)2r=C  The circumference of a circle equals 3.14 multiplied by (the
radius of the circle multiplied by two)
More simply  (pi)d, 3.14 multiplied by the diameter of the circle.

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I'm raising a developmentally disabled child.  What's your superpower?

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Well, thank you, Steven.  Now, at least, I have a little notion of what an
App is.  Perhaps there is a need for a food App.  I get lots of phone calls
from the Techy generation about cooking.  Because they need to eat.  Because
I am usually at home or maybe only because I haven't killed anybody with my
cooking.
    This week's calls included:  what's the difference in chives and capers?
How many sticks of butter in a cup?  How much ground beef to feed six? and
the most scary - can I substitute baking soda for mace?
    Stay with us, Steven.  We'll think of something.  Polly


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Polly, maybe it is just because my brain is fried with this trial
[hoping at Day 10 today it goes to jury deliberation tomorrow]. But
when the comment of subbing baking soda for mace, what flashed in my
mind was someone using a box of baking soda to throw at an intruder
rather than spraying mace in their face.

Thanks for the giggle this morning,
Ginger in CA

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On Wed, 9 Jun 2010 22:05:05 -0500, Steven Cook wrote

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One of those pages that say for "crib" quilt you need X yds for backing, etc.

Maureen


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Sounds useful! I have a couple of apps that calculate yardage (so I
know how much is twice as much as I need.)
Roberta in D

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Mattress-top sizes (as well as standard quilt sizes)

Charts of how much material will be needed for backing and binding for
various size quilts

Color wheels

List of characteristics of different kinds of batting.  (Harriet Hargrave's
book "Heirloom Machine Quilting" has such a list; I don't know if its
protected by copyright.)

Geometric formulas

There are a bunch of charts at www.victorianaquiltdesigns.com.






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