I am old school in many things, and have a huge number of books on quilting, stitching, and making stuff of all sorts (Never enough books.  Never.). Sometimes, though, having a tool on a smartphone or tablet can be incredibly useful and fun to play with when you’re waiting in some line somewhere.  Here are a few of my favorites, both free and for purchase:

QuiltingCalc (free, available on both Android and iOS)


I’ve been using the calculators available at quilter’s Paradise for years, and this free app supported by both Robert Kaufman Fabrics and Quilter’s Paradise is a very handy tool to have.  Now I don’t have to fire up my web browser, and can use an easy to navigate app instead to calculate binding, batting, backing and many other necessities.

Quiltography ($14.99, iPad only)


A block-based quilting design tool, Quiltography has 180 blocks in its library and allows you to design your own blocks as well as your quilts.  Able to calculate fabric yardage for your projects, audition fabrics, and create pixel quilts from uploaded images (SO COOL), this app has a lot to offer modern quilters.

Free-motion Quilting Idea App ($1.99 Android, $2.99 iOS)


Designed to work with Amanda Murphy’s book of the same name, this app is great for those who are looking for ideas on how to quilt blocks, whole quilts, and to come up with cohesive designs. With 16 designs supported by video tutorials, it’s a nice resource to have, especially if you’re just starting out.

Embroidery Stitch Tool (vols. 1, 2, and 3 are Android only, and $1.99)


Handwork is really taking off, and I love this little app series for how useful it is. Each stitch is both illustrated and shown in real-time in a video tutorial, and finding the stitch you want is easy. Great for crazy quilts and pretty much anything else you want to stab with a needle and embellish, this is a very useful series if you’re looking to explore more embroidered handwork.

Tell us!  What apps do you use for quilting?

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