Graph Paper

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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 ….).

Graph paper for quilting is a great tool. It is inexpensive and can be used for a number of quilting endeavors such as drafting patterns and making quilt templates.

If you would like to purchase graph paper from Amazon, follow this link.

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.



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