When drafting quilt patterns, graph paper can be used to easily transfer the design. Graph paper comes in many different grid sizes (1/8 inch, 1/4 inches ….) and paper sizes (8 1/2 inches x11 inches , 12 1/2 inches x 12 1/2 inches ….).
Learn about the different types of graph paper for quilting.
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TRANSCRIPT: Graph Paper for Quilting – Encyclopedia
I like to use graph paper to help draw out my patterns before I sew. On the left here, you see I’ve got a 4 patch drawn out. The finished size and what it’s going to look like on the quilt. And on the left I have a picture of that same 4 patch with the seam allowance added. This allows me to check my finished block before I put it into a quilt to make sure that everything’s accurate. I also like to use graph paper to make templates so I can cut out the different pieces. I prefer 1/8 inch graph paper. 1/8 inch graph paper means that for every inch that you have, there are 8 little boxes. This isn’t always easy to find so, often I end up using ¼ inch paper; and which means for every inch, there are 4 little squares. You can usually buy this at the supermarket or at staples. I’ve also included this graph paper that looks very much like ¼ inch, 1/5 inch graph paper. I found this at a 99 cent store and thought I was buying ¼ inch graph paper, so there’s 5 squares to every inch. Since our measuring system is based on quarters and eighths and sixteenths, this 1/5 inch graph paper doesn’t work very well, so I don’t recommend buying this, even if it’s on sale.
You can also buy graph paper that comes in larger sizes. These first three papers that I showed you are about 8 ½ by 11. And sometimes when you’re making a block, let’s say 10 inches by 12 inches, you’re not going to be able to fit it on that paper. So this graph paper has a ¼ inch grid and it is 12 by 12. you’ll notice that every inch has a dark line mark to help you, or to help you measure a little bit easier. You can find this in quilt stores, or you can but it online. Graph paper that I use most is this gridded paper. And this one is 1/8 inch paper. It’s about 17 inches by 22 inches. You’ll notice that I’ve got a 10 inch block, or a 10 inch square here I can fit 2 of these on this paper. And this paper is also gridded with a little bit thicker line. I like this paper better than the last one I showed you because the lines are so thin and it helps me keep a little more accurate.