Friday, May 15, 2015

Keeping Quiltsmart Projects At My Fingertips

I don't know about you, but at some of the most random times, I wish that I had access to projects on my to do list ... like when I have a few minutes to run into a craft store, or when you stumble on a HUGE fabric sale and have only $20, or when visiting a friend she invites you to pick some fabric from the stash of a family member who recently passed before they donate it, or when visiting a quilt shop client and they have new fabrics still in boxes but let you take a peek (Thanks Tea Time Quilting, you are the best!). Seriously, all of these things have happened to me in the past month or so!

I really wish in all of those instances, I'd had a quick project to do so that I could get even a little fabric and whip up a quick weekend project. At the same time I have been looking at all the Printable Project Quiltsmart posts each month and swearing that one day I will get fabric and do one. (As a military spouse for more than 10 years, I am not able to build a random fabric stash because of military familiy have weight limits when moving. All of the fabric is for specific projects even if they haven't been started.)

Last week, I was reading through the Quiltsmart Blog while Lil Monkey watched yet another episode of Stella and Sam or Paw Patrol and I realized, I could do both ... have a quick project at with me at all times AND find fabric to do a Quiltsmart project.

I was looking through the blog on my iPad and discovered that I can can download the Printable Project PDFs to iBooks and then pull them up whenever I need (or want) them ... at the store, at a guild meeting, at retreat. 

For those who are unsure of how to save a PDF to your iBooks app, I'll walk you through it. First you need to add the iBooks app to your Apple device if you don't have it. I have it on my iPad but not my iPhone. The app will go on both devices, and since I take my iPad with me almost everywhere, I only need it on one device. 

Steps to downloading Quiltsmart Printable Projects to your Apple device:
  1. Ensure you have iBooks app on device
  2. Visit the Quiltsmart Blog or click here to find the link to all the Printable Projects.
  3. Click on the pattern link that you want and it will open it in Google Drive.
  4. Click on the download button (downward arrow with line underneath it.) This is open the document in a new tab in your browser.
  5. When it first opens there will be a bar that temparily pops up at the top of the window that says "Open in iBooks". Click on "Open in iBooks. If it disappears before you click on it, tap the document and it should pop back up.
  6. The document will automatically be transferred and your iBooks app will open. You will be prompted to sign into iBooks every time it opens, so don't let that drive you too crazy. Sometimes it pops up a few seconds late and you're already on the document! 

Once you have them in iBooks, you can create a "folder" just for them. To do that, simple:
  1. Open iBooks.
  2. Click on "Collections" at top of page.
  3. Select "+ New Collection". Name it, then click "Done" at the top.
  4. Go to where the books/PDFs are and click "Edit".
  5. Select the PDFs and then "click "move". 
  6. Select the correct "folder" and all of your QS patterns are in one easy to find place.

If you have another tablet or device like Kindle or Nook that allows you to save PDFs on it, you can research how to save the projects to those so you have them at your fingertips as well! (My Simple Nook will let me add PDFs, but I have to save them to my computer and transfer them via USB port.)

You can probably do this with other PDFs such as freebie patterns. I know that's patterns can be downloaded to your iBooks app.

Hope this lets you expand your quilting beyond your craft room!

Until our next cup of tea ...

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