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New Quilt Patterns Coming Soon

Hi friends!

Best laid plans…

So in today’s blog post I was planning to introduce a new quilt pattern. But I’m not. The pattern is almost finished being written, is waiting on edits to be completed and needs photos of the quilts to be taken. 

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Writing patterns

Some days pattern writing is just seamsless. (haha!) The process flows, the words just fly onto the page and I think to myself, pattern writing is easy!

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And if I am outside writing on the deck on a lovely summer day…. score!

Other days not so much. When that happens, it’s usually not because the pattern is hard to make therefore hard to write; my patterns are generally straight forward and geared towards the advanced beginner/intermediate quilter. 

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Boston Bricks

Though let’s not pretend the process really is quick; it takes time to write and be coherent, takes times to create images and format. It’s just that some days it is easier than others!

And it is usually not because I don’t like the pattern. I mean, after all, I designed it! And while there are some that I do for other companies that are not my personal style, I like them all.

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Lighthouse Steps

Some days I just get it in my head that the pattern will be hard to write and therefore I procrastinate. I am very good at procrastination as there is always something else I can do- a quilt to make, another pattern to write, a blog post to finish, pictures to take, quilts to design, social media to scroll thru on the pretext I am working and gathering information…..

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Lark helping me sew.

Taking Quilt Pictures

Quilt images on the cover of the quilt can make or break the pattern. A good image can sell a pattern and a bad image- even if the quilt is spectacular- can mean the pattern sits on the shelf. A poor Cinderella pattern!

Lately, hubby and I have been taking quilt images for my pattern covers on the living room floor. It’s a process.

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We move the furniture, roll up the carpet, sweep the floor to remove all the cat and dog fur (even if we swept the day before- these guys molt!), bring lights up from the basement and arrange the quilt.

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We even have to move the dining room rug to make way for the lights!

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Sometimes we get help.

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And then hubby leans over the wall from the loft, AKA my sewing studio, and uses his spiffy camera for the shot. And then we hope it worked!

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We used to take some of our quilt pattern cover photos outside as our townhouse backs up to a green space and a cemetery but there some issues with that approach. One is that we cannot control the wind! Even a slight wind can wreak havoc on a photo shoot.

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So now we take them inside. I wish we had a property with a barn or something; that would make for some great shots! 

Question for you: do you like quilt patterns where the cover quilt just shows a flat image of the whole quilt or do you like “style” shots?

Here is a pattern cover with a flat shot. 

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Here is one with a style shot.

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Please leave me your thoughts in the comments! Curious minds….

Quilt patterns in the works

So, I hope to release a few new patterns soon. Two are using my new fabric line called Tiki Punch designed for me by Kathy Engle of Island Batik. 

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This one will be the next release and the pattern has a lap quilt, a wall hanging, table runner and placemats. It is called Tropical Breeze.

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The other new quilt pattern using the Tiki Punch line is called Tropical Moon.

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Another new quilt pattern coming soon(ish) is a remake of a magazine quilt that will include multiple sizes. I am calling it PeakView.

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So many new quilt patterns, so little time!

I’ll let you know when they are ready!

happy quilting,

Kate

I am speaking tomorrow night, Thursday August 13th at the Arapahoe County Quilters Guid meeting. What’s fun is that it is a Zoom meeting- so even if you aren’t local, you can sign up to attend! Click here to check out their website for more details!

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2 thoughts on “New Quilt Patterns Coming Soon”

  1. I like the flat shot on the cover. And maybe an additional stylized shot in a different color way elsewhere in or on the back of the pattern.
    The new patterns look great.

  2. Kate, it was nice to “ meet” you last night. I enjoyed the program. I almost forgot about the time change between Colorado and Pennsylvania. I stayed up way past my bedtime:)

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