I love my Ipad - because I can see the screen and its a very handy quilting reference tool.
Here is a list of the Apps I use quite often or encourage my beginners to use. Some are free - others aren't.
SCHMETZ needles (free). This app tells you everything you need to know about sewing machine needles - needles by fabric type, needle types, solving problems, needle knowledge. Very easy to use with their drop down menus and great pictures.
I should point out though - SCHMETZ will fit most domestic sewing machines and sewing machine companies like Janome, Bernina, Singer have their own needle codes/colours. When using this app I look for the type of needle I require for the job I intend to do then look through my Janome or Singers (depending on the machine I'm using) needles to see if there is one that matches. If not - then I use a SCHMETZ.
While I'm talking about sewing machine needles - Janome have just released their "Purple Tip Needles" for all Janome models. These effectively prevents skipped stitches when sewing stretch fabrics, quilt layers and for sewing across the hem. So I have a packet and I will test drive them when I free motion a quilt later this week. They are a little more expensive than the standard needles.
I'm a visual girl so when it comes to maths - forget it.
This app also known as "The Quilter's Little Helper" does your fabric calculations for you. Easy option to change measurements from inches to Metric.
Keepsake Quilting is a quilt shop in America. A lot of NZ quilters receive their catalogue. I find them an interesting reference for new "toys" for quilting. You choose which catalogue to download. It does take a while to download.
This App is a must for Janome users. It's not free and you need to be linked to Wi-Fi. It lists all the different types of feet available for Janome sewing machines. I should point out that these also fit the majority of Elna machines.
It includes the new machine models with the 9mm wide feet.
When you select a foot, you are provided with a part number, description of how it is used and a video demonstration.
Includes an option to list the feet you own and to create a wish list.
What about commission work - tracking the hours it takes to make a quilt.
I've loaded HoursTracker
This app can be used for any task really - not just for quilting. You set up a job then just click in "Clock in Now" to start your time, then "Clock out Now" to stop. It tracks your hours - very simple.
You will be surprised how quickly time mounts up.
as Bugs Bunny would say - "that's all folks"