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Newly-updated with expanded information on writing ePatterns. An additional 8 pages of informaiton have been added.
Knowing how to make a quilt and knowing how to write a quilt pattern are 2 entirely different things. Having knowledge of good design principles, and color values are useless when it comes to actually writing the pattern for someone else to use.
But this is a skill you can learn just like you learned to quilt, and learned to design. I will show you how to prepare a model of a quilt pattern, that you can use every time you have a new quilt pattern. Just plug in the different numbers.
I’ve lost count of the number of quilt patterns I’ve written. I wrote some bad ones! But over the years, I’ve learned to do it and do it well. I have some qualifications for writing this little book -
• I started my Quilt Designing career with Idaho Quilt Company. I experienced moderate sucess there, I
had patterns in a few quilt shops, and some fairly regular retail orders from my website.
• I published a book with Martingale and Company, Log Cabin Quilts: A Brand New Story by Karen Murphy and wrote the directions for twelve quilts in that. Having an editor focus on every single character, teaches you to be meticulous - Quickly!
• I published Cotton Spice Quilting Magazine for nearly 4 years, with anywhere from 3-5 quilt patterns in each issue. Some were mine, but others came from some very talented designers with whom I’ve been privileged to work. My goal was to write all quilt patterns in the same format, so Cotton Spice readers would be familiar with each quilt design and know what to expect.
• I designed and wrote patterns for Quilt Dash, Quilt Block Dash and Mystery Quilt Dash on an every other month basis. My (then) business partner, Tammy Harrison, does the same for the other months. I am no longer a partner in this business, but the Quilt Dashes go merrily on. Join them for some fun!
• I had a Pattern Proofer, who tests all my patterns. She makes all the blocks, and measures and writes very detailed notes about all my mistakes. Brenda
Orban, my local quilt shop owner has taught me a lot about writing patterns, as she performed this service for me and Cotton Spice.
• I am the Editor of The Quilt Pattern Magazine for a little over three years now, after a year as a Copy Editor. Every quilt pattern included in this quality publication goes through a few sets of eyes before it reaches my desk. I read every word and measurement, and then send it on to the Editor-in-Chief, Barbara Chojnacki who gives it the final ‘Go’.
• I do edit and check math for pattern-writing clients. Numbers and measurements are so important in quilt patterns. If they are incorrect or there is a typo in numbers, it could ruin the entire quilt. That sounds very dramatic doesn’t it? Think of it this way - quality quilt fabric is not cheap. Not everyone makes a test block before cutting into their good fabric - but they should. Just in case they don’t, you, as the designer don’t want to be the reason they cut out 433 HSTs the wrong size.
So, I do have quite a bit of experience in writing quilt patterns, and I’m happy to pass it on to you. This is an eBook, and you are purchasing a download only. No actual book will be mailed to you. The eBook costs $10.00 And no shipping cost! :)
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