24 January 2013

One month blogiversary!

It has now been a month since I began this blog.  And what a fast, fabric-filled month it has been.  I am sew happy.  I really enjoy writing this blog, meeting new people and learning more about communicating on the internet, learning more about quilting, and now being able to do all this without having to wait for pages to load!

I have been giving some serious thought to opening an Etsy shop.  I mean I would love to be able to give away or keep all the quilts I make, but that would not be very practical.  And I would never be able to keep making more and more quilts that way.  There are so many ideas floating around in my head.  So many things I would like to make - new techniques I would like to try.  I certainly can't afford to just keep buying more and more fabric forever.  But that sure does sound like a fun thing to do!

So I have been looking at Etsy shops online.  And I began the basic steps for opening a shop, but need to make a few things to fill the store before I have the official Grand Opening.  Selling the patterns for these items also appeals to me.  I have been working on making patterns and instructions for the two quilts I am working on right now - the Enchantment pinwheel quilt and the Fall Leaves quilt.

I have never bought a quilt pattern before and have only seen instructions in books and magazines.  So I am unsure how much information should be provided.  I mean a quilt book provides some basic instructions such as using a 1/4" seam, how to layer and quilt, how to make and apply binding.  But the magazines simply give you a list of what you need for materials and fabric, show how the quilt top is made and Voila!  You get to figure out what you are doing for the backing and quilting...

I think I should include too much information rather than not enough information.  I guess it is what I would want if I was to buy a pattern.  You can always skip over and ignore anything you already know.  And if I give instructions on how to do something and someone reading it already has their own method that works for them - then they can do it their way.

Have you bought any quilt patterns?  Do you wish there was more information given?  Who ever came up with that "Quilt as desired" anyways?  Have you ever written a quilt pattern?

I'd love to hear from anyone who has an opinion on any of these questions...

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