Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Pondering Pattern Writing

Over the last few weeks, I've been doing a lot of thinking about the process of writing patterns.

I've been assessing the ways in which I can create the best possible pattern and wondering what advice I can hand on to others.

When it boils down to it, I have one major piece of advice.
It might seem obvious, but it is really important:


Do it!... even if you think that you don't have enough time.

Do it!... even when you think that your head will explode because there are too many ideas floating around in it.

Do it... even when you can't afford to buy the fabric.

Do it...even when your life is totally manic.

Testers are great, they really really are, but there are some issues that they won't necessarily pick up on. Issues that they shouldn't be expected to find.

I can't speak for all forms of quilt design, but within paper pieced patterns there are many many different ways that patterns can be constructed. There are many things that aren't wrong, but that can be put together better.

Not every pattern that "works" is well written. Sometimes a small redraft makes the difference between a  mediocre pattern and one that can be put together seamlessly by everyone.


  1. As a pattern tester myself, I can tell when a designer has not sewn a sample of her own pattern. The first time I tested (for a designer who shall remain anonymous, and no, it was not Tartan Kiwi), the paper pieces did not line up at all, would not print out on regular sized (or even legal sized) paper, and there were breaks within pieces in sections. It was a train wreck of a pattern. Then there are designers whose directions are so clear that the entire process is like a party! I had one like that just last week, and I loved it. So thank you, Juliet!

  2. Interesting post Juliet - wise advise!

  3. If I designed patterns like yours, Juliet, I would WANT to test them myself, lol:) You design the most fun and exciting patterns!


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