Q&A with Oda May: Fabric Scale

Today Oda May tells it like it is when it comes to fabric scale.

{fabrics shown are from Avalon by Fig Tree and Co.}


Dear Oda May,
I like to design my quilts in a software program before I make them. I love that Moda provides jpegs of fabric lines but how can I tell the scale?
Scaled Out in Schenectady

Dear Scaled Out,
Start with the PDF for the collection. You can find them all{here}. The green scissors icon is for the PDFs. Here is the PDF file for Fig Tree and Co.’s newest line, Avalon.

www.unitednotions.com/fcc_avalon.pdf

All of the fabric swatches shown in the PDF are scaled down by 50% – unless otherwise indicated. Certain extra large repeats and panels are often reduced by 75%.  Knowing the scale of a fabric is also helpful for other quilters who are hunting for just the right polka dot, stripe, or damask (or whichever print strikes your fancy!).

Trimmed and Squared,

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