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Thread: Developing Quilt Patterns - Advice Please

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    Senior Member kaelynangelfoot's Avatar
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    Developing Quilt Patterns - Advice Please

    I'm in the process of developing some original quilt patterns that I would eventually like to post for sale on sites such as Crafsty, Etsy, etc.

    I have purchased some of the more popular quilt patterns to see how they are designed but I have a few questions for anyone willing to answer

    What kinds of information do you particularly like to see in a published pattern? Do you prefer diagrams or photos? What are some of the things you really don't like in a published quilt pattern or that turn you off the pattern?

    Thank-you in advance for taking the time to answer!

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    I like lots of photos or diagrams of the steps with 2-3 three lines of text to explain the step. I don't like big paragraph because I don't tend to read them.

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    I agree with Tartan...diagrams, photos and easy to understand text. I prefer lists to paragraphs - it's easier to find your place again when interrupted (frequently for me). I also like to see a list of all fabric requirements and all cutting requirements before the assembly instructions start. I hate to have to read several paragraphs only to find additional cutting instructions buried within. I like to have them all cut before I begin assembly. I also prefer easy to read type (arial for instance) rather than serif (times roman), and typed, not hand-written. Yardage/dimensions for multiple size quilts is a nice touch also. Almost forgot - pressing tips for particular blocks (if any) are also very helpful!

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    I like patterns that are set out like tutorials, with step-by-step photos of everything I need to do.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    know your audience. What level is your pattern aimed at?
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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    I agree with Tartan...diagrams, photos and easy to understand text. I prefer lists to paragraphs - it's easier to find your place again when interrupted (frequently for me). I also like to see a list of all fabric requirements and all cutting requirements before the assembly instructions start. I hate to have to read several paragraphs only to find additional cutting instructions buried within. I like to have them all cut before I begin assembly. I also prefer easy to read type (arial for instance) rather than serif (times roman), and typed, not hand-written. Yardage/dimensions for multiple size quilts is a nice touch also. Almost forgot - pressing tips for particular blocks (if any) are also very helpful!
    Ditto everything in this post!

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    Simple steps with diagrams. Good Luck
    Create something beautiful from scraps.

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    I need to see a section (block) and finished quilt project Easy to follow directions. It's nice to have a pdf link for printing.

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    Pictures and make sure you have a variety of people test the pattern - make sure they are not just telling u it's good to please you you need real unbiased testers before you push them to the public.

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    I like to see finished measurements of components. If the larger quilt is made up of smaller units, I like to know those measurements before I proceed to the next step. Then if I'm off, I can adjust or redo before getting to the end and finding out that parts don't fit.
    Shelbie from the High County in Southern Ontario

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