I love my Electric Quilt software and would never start a quilt without making sure that the quilt is not only drafted in EQ, but that I hold a printed copy of the quilt in my hand before I start cutting. The traditional way to determine what to cut has been to print the rotary cutting or templates from the block worktable to determine the patch size. Then go to the quilt worktable and print the quilt image, count the patches of each size, and write the number of patches needed on the printed copy of the quilt so that becomes the cutting guide.
The Accuquilt GO has revolutionized my system for cutting and has made me re-think everything that I’ve done in the past. One major change for me is that now I cut all (or almost all) strips on the lengthwise grain of fabric. In re-thinking the way I cut, I looked at the Accuquilt Fabric Reference Chart and the Electric Quilt software to see whether I could marry the two. Both of them are helpful, but I haven’t come up with a way to use them together yet.
By using the fabric yardage function in EQ’s Quilt Worktable, I discovered a way for Electric Quilt to tell me how many patches I need without having to count each patch individually. Step 1 is to save the quilt in the colors you will use to make the quilt. The example I’m using is a single Irish chain quilt.
Then re-color the quilt so that each separate sized piece is a different color. For example, all the sash strips are 2 ½ x 6 ½ inches, so they are all colored pink. All of the 6 ½ inch squares are colored green. All of the sashing cornerstones are 2 ½ inches square, and they are colored red.
When each different size patch is colored a different color, you can then print the fabric yardage chart and it will tell you how many patches of each size that you will need to make the entire quilt. For this tutorial, I went an extra step and used my graphics software to write the patch size on each color. The quick way to do this is to print the quilt and the fabric yardage chart and write the patch size on the chart by hand.