I have mentioned in another thread that I am getting ready to go to
print very soon on some patterns. I would like some input on what you
all like and dislike about patterns you have, or have seen.
One of the comments I have had with some of my patterns is "too much
information". I like to give info, because I feel that the more info you
have the easier it is to understand the whys and such. Is there such a
thing as too much info in a pattern??
What sizes of quilts do you most like to make? I have suggestions with
all my patterns for how to make different sizes, how many different
sizes do you like to see in a pattern? The problem comes up with
putting in the fabric requirements for multiple sizes. I don't like to
print too small, because it gets confusing.
Would something like "you can get X (number) blocks from Y amount of
fabrics" and a short explanation of figuring borders be satisfactory as
an addition to a specific chart for, say, 3 different sizes of quilt? (a
small wallhanging/crib size, a throw and a larger quilt for example.)
Many of the patterns I am working on are "modern" interpretations of
traditional blocks. I like the history of the blocks and such. (That is
part of why my company name is "Then and Now Patterns". ) I plan to
put just a brief paragraph about the block and its background, names and
such at the beginning of the pattern instructions. (This is part of
the "too much info" comment.) How do you feel about this idea? ( I think
that connecting to the past is an important part of quilting, and one
that too often is ignored. I really like to know the name of the block
being used and so on. Many times this information is not given and it
bothers *me*, but might not be at all important to others.)
How important is the name of the pattern to you?
Thanks for your input,
Pati, in Phx
- posted 12 years ago