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Thread: Need help re: how to market a pattern

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    Super Member wildyard's Avatar
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    I am being encouraged to market the pattern for my pink ribbon quilt which I have titled Awareness. I am clueless about how to even approach this whole concept. Is there a site or other place I could find info on the steps I need to take to do this? I would want part of the proceeds to go to cancer research as that is the point of the whole thing.
    I know that a good many of you design and market your patterns so I am hoping for some help along the way from those who have trod this path before me.
    Hugsssss, smilessss and happy quilting!!

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    Great book by Nancy Restuccia called Publish Your Patterns!, ISBN 0-9714501-3-7
    published by Make It Easy Sewing & Crafts, Carmel, CA
    Covers everything from idea to promotion and includes legal issues and references.

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    Thanks! I'll get my library on this one.

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    Good Luck to you! Do you have pictures of your finished product?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sienna's GiGi
    Good Luck to you! Do you have pictures of your finished product?
    this is her quilt http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-160618-1.htm

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    Super Member wildyard's Avatar
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    I am finishing some hand sewing on the back before I post the finished quilt. But I can show you here.

    this is the center panel, without the borders or binding
    Name:  Attachment-277512.jpe
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    Oh, Wildyard, it is so pretty! And wonderful you want part of the proceeds to go to Cancer Research.

    We will have to check out that book that GhostRider suggested. Hopefully it will have what you need.

    Great quilt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammatjr
    Oh, Wildyard, it is so pretty! And wonderful you want part of the proceeds to go to Cancer Research.

    We will have to check out that book that GhostRider suggested. Hopefully it will have what you need.

    Great quilt!
    My library has a request out for it. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard
    Quote Originally Posted by grammatjr
    Oh, Wildyard, it is so pretty! And wonderful you want part of the proceeds to go to Cancer Research.

    We will have to check out that book that GhostRider suggested. Hopefully it will have what you need.

    Great quilt!
    My library has a request out for it. :D
    I just put a request in here too! The reviews on Amazon make it sound good. And the sneek peek was great. I can't wait to get the book.

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    Very pretty!

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    I had an additional thought for you, wildyard. One of the women that works at my LQS self published a pattern (Stripilicious by Anne D. Hunter). She then taught a class at the quilt shop using her pattern.

    It was a big hit so her pattern went on sale at the LQS and she taught several more classes on it. It's now carried at Keepsake Quilting, both online and in store. http://www.keepsakequilting.com/productdetail/7556.htm

    So, think about working with one of the local shops in your area to maybe teach a class and sell your pattern. You never know where it will grow from there. :D

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    Thanks so much ghostrider for giving thought and time to my situation. Your suggestion is great except that due to my physical problems, teaching classes is not something I'd be able to do. I do think I'll have to figure out the self-publishing thing tho, or maybe just go with the downloadable pdf files. I have a LQS already offering to carry the pattern I'm just not sure I can supply a good enough quality paper copy to offer.
    I'm not giving up yet tho! :D

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    Self-publishing is covered in that book I mentioned...in fact, it's what the author does so it's very well covered. You may decide to buy it once you see the library copy. It's well worth the investment.

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    I have no idea how to publish a quilt pattern, but I hope you are successful. Let us know how you make out

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    Well I took the first step to find out whether the pink ribbon symbol is copywrite protected and if I can even use it or not in a commercial pattern. Thought that might be a good place to start. LOL

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    Oh, I just remembered! Here is a site that tells other ribbon colors and meanings. You might want to add this to your pattern, so that it reaches even more people.

    http://www.trinitylondon.com/awarene...n-meanings.asp

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