Since I like to work on multiple projects at a time, I occasionally experience a bottleneck of quilts that are all at the same stage. Such has been the case this month, when I ended up sewing bindings on 8 different quilts in a little over a week. Wow! My arms are ready for a break, but it’s so much fun to see each quilt finally completed. And it has given me chance to reflect on my favorite patterns of the summer.
But before I go any further, I’d like to elaborate on what I look for when I buy a commercial pattern rather than designing a quilt myself (which I also like to do).
What I Look for When I Buy a Pattern:
(listed in no particular order, recognizing that no pattern ticks ALL of the boxes – which is just fine!)
–A design that I haven’t seen before, or an clever twist on an old favorite
–A technique I haven’t tried before or don’t use very often
–Multiple size options (this isn’t a deal breaker if it’s only one size – as long as I feel confident that I can change the size if I wish to do so)
–Well-written (and tested) instructions with clear diagrams, cutting charts, and (bonus points) coloring sheets
–An opportunity to use a favorite fabric or collection of fabrics I’ve been saving for “just the right project”
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