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    Applique Angel

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    Default enlarging a pattern

    Does anyone have a go-to reference for enlarging quilt blocks manually? My printer does not enlarge by percentage.

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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: enlarging a pattern

    Can you please restate your question. If your printer does not enlarge by percentage what other options are you being offered? Then we can try to help.
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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: enlarging a pattern

    On the expensive side, there's Electric Quilt 8. On the more affordable side, there's an app called Pre-Quilt (www.prequilt.com). Both of those could help you.

    Another idea is to get graph paper and draw the block the size you want it. The toughest part is diagonals, but from a precisely hand drawn image, you can figure those out pretty easily.
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    The Guild President

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    Default Re: enlarging a pattern

    What block pattern do you need to enlarge? Perhaps it has been done already for you. You can draw it out on graph paper and add in the 1/4 inch seam allowance.

    Cut paper to size and play until you get it just right.

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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: enlarging a pattern

    I let my calculator help me. Find out how much bigger or smaller than the original you want your finished block. Divide one number by the other to get the percentage. Then multiply you measurements for each part of the block by that number. It gets complicated estimating precise sizes in inches as compared to a percentage number, but you can get close. Then make a sample block using scraps to see if it ends up as you want it.

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    Default Re: enlarging a pattern

    If you have a local office supply store, you can take the pattern there and enlarge on their copier? Some post offices have copier machines also.

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    Applique Angel

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    Default Re: enlarging a pattern

    I use graph paper when I need to enlarge a pattern.

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