Several people have asked about the app I use on the iPad to design quilts. While I love how easy EQ is to use, I just don’t use my computer all that much and I have not been able to find a decent quilt design app so I use a drawing app called TouchDraw

My coloring options are limited but that’s OK because most of the time I just need an idea of what colors I want to use and don’t usually take the time to color a scrappy quilt. 

There’s also a bit of a learning curve but if you’re familiar with using different software programs you’ll be able to figure it out if you want to invest a little time and effort. Again, it’s not a quilting app so it’s not going to calculate your fabric amounts for you but if I’m making a scrappy quilt I don’t care how much fabric is needed and if I need to calculate yardage, I just use a calculator. 

Using the menu on the left, I draw my shapes and assemble them into blocks. Once I have my block built I use duplicate and group to quickly built blocks into rows and rows into quilts. I actually find this app easier to use than EQ to illustrate my quilt instructions because as you can see below it’s very easy to show how a block breaks down and is assembled. 

For me the effort is worth it because I’m always drafting quilts and I always have my iPad with me.

2 thoughts on “TouchDraw

  1. Cathy

    Mary is it easy to figure out your measurements for all the individual pieces after you have designed your Block?

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