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MelodyP MO/KS Posted: Sat, Oct 27 2012 10:42 AM
How do you go about changing a blocks size, say from 14" to 8" when the block has angles and curves? I did a block that resembled a sunflower for one quilt and now need to reduce it for another quilt. This will have to be without the benefit of a quilting program. Just my mathematical and artistic ability, and I do not have much of the mathematical part.

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Bev replied on Sat, Oct 27 2012 10:53 AM

Melody, do you have a picture of the one you finished? Sorry can't help with the math it makes my head hurt!

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ls2116 replied on Sat, Oct 27 2012 11:42 AM

If you have accurate block size pic reduce in scanner .  Can't help other than that.

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gini replied on Sat, Oct 27 2012 12:39 PM

melody, if you can't reduce it in your printer, you can take it to staples and have them do it.  how is the block constructed?   is it paper pieced, appliqued, pieced.  can we see a picture of it?

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Kris replied on Sat, Oct 27 2012 12:58 PM

Usually to reduce a block you would take what you want (8) and divide by what you have (14) then multiply by 100. This will give you a percentage. You can use this number in a copier to reduce.

The same formula applies for enlarging.

8/14 x 100 = 57.14%

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http://www.quiltersclubofamerica.com/groups/parasols__fabric/media/p/435622.aspx Bev, I don't know if this is going to work, but here we go. To all: Thanks for the formula that helps a great deal. The above picture is a block I made for the CW/KT Boarderland Butternut and Blue by B. Brackman. She has a quilt going on now that is commemorate Women's Suffrage. There are 49 blocks, one a week until completed. So far a couple are repeats of other blocks just 8" as opposed to14". I do have the computer equipment, it is either down with a virus or out of ink. ( why or why do I have it when it is ill when I need it! LOL) So I was hoping to it the old fashion way. Since Brackman likes challenging blocks and goes down to 1/8" or 1/16 I may have to wait for modern technoligy to continue.

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Jacy replied on Sun, Oct 28 2012 1:04 PM

melody, I printed this pattern out, would you like me to mail it to you?

 

 

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Bev replied on Sun, Oct 28 2012 1:33 PM

Mel, I love that block and may have to try it. You say on picture link that you will be sewing the center circle by hand. Did I understand that right?

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