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Thread: What do you like in a quilt pattern?

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    Senior Member aeble's Avatar
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    What do you like in a quilt pattern?

    I'm considering taking some of my quilt designs and turning them into patterns. Before I go through the process though, I'm hoping some of you would be willing to give me feedback on what you really like and dislike in patterns you purchase.

    I just finished reading the post about having directions and yardage included for multiple sizes. So I'll definitely keep that in mind. Here's a link to the thread if you are interested and haven't seen it. Do You Want Directions for Multiple Sized Quilts Included in Price Of Patterns?

    What other things would you like to see included? Would you mind if a pattern with curved piecing had instructions but also a link to a great video tutorial you can watch on the internet?

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    I would like to see the quilt made in different colors - show more than one finished quilt in various colors/fabrics - as the fabric used is not always available for purchase
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    Have been quilting for +30 years. Some of the newer patterns quite frankly, don't give enough directions. The pattern may be simple, but not enough is described, especially for beginning level quilting. Keep in mind people may interpret the directions in several different ways too. You want the quilters to enjoy the process, not left wondering and frustrated. Very best luck to you and all future success.

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    I like it on good quality paper, I hate it when I open the envelope and it's written out on flimsy newsprint. Also I like it on a manageable size sheet, not one that opens up like the old dress patterns did, and then you're expected to be able to see to trace the shapes even when it's printed on both sides.

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    Include advice on which direction, to press each seam. Seems like a little thing but . . . I hate having to go back and unpress/repress seams, to get them to play nicely.
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    Have it in a big enough envelope or sleeve so that it can be stored again.

    That's one thing I hate about the tissue dress patterns. It was so hard to get the pieces back in the envelope. (If it was a pattern I really liked, I put it in a zip lock bag.)

    Have it tested by people that are novices - and welcome feedback! Inaccurate directions drive me nuttier!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Normabeth View Post
    I would like to see the quilt made in different colors - show more than one finished quilt in various colors/fabrics - as the fabric used is not always available for purchase
    I totally agree. Using differnet colors makes such a difference and I have a difficult itme visualizing myself. Also the different sizes and yardage requirements is always good.
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    I like color photos and I like step by step instructions with photos as I'm one of those people that has to 'see' something as well as read the directions.

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    I like it to be easy but look beautiful, and be very versatile. Also they need to be easy to read and understand which is not always clear. Sometimes people write how they talk which is not always best, and also if it is a difficult part of the pattern pictures always help

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    I think it is helpful to "rate" how difficult the pattern is, although how that is clearly defined so the designer and buyer agree in what "intermediate" or "advanced" is is beyond me.
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