Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Writing patterns

008When I posted pictures of my fall placemats and runner last week Karen asked if I could post the cutting directions. I decided this would be a great time to practice writing up a pattern and making up diagrams to go with it.  You can download the free placemat pattern by clicking here and the free runner pattern here.

I have learned my way around a lot of new software in the last few weeks.  I’m getting more comfortable navigating QuiltPro.  That’s what I used to draw the diagrams for the patterns.  I have learned how to create a .pdf file.  I learned to use a new-to-me photo editor (Picasa) to make collages. I went a little “collage happy” when I figured those out, as I had wondered how other bloggers made them. Check out the “My own designs” tab to see a sample of those.

That’s enough computer time for a while.  Tomorrow I’m planning on spending the whole day sewing star blocks for my blue Kyoto Garden quilt and getting a bit more of Whimsy quilted.


  1. You did a great job! Wish I did more of that, where does all the time go?

  2. Looks great! Good for you,on getting your first pattern "published". Isn't it a great feeling?

    I had signed up/into Picasa sometime ago and forgot all about it. Your post had me go back and check it out again. I downloaded the newest version for the computer, and am looking forward to playing with the collages. Thanks for the reminder!



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