After many months of designing, planning. and sewing. I’m thrilled to be sharing my first patterns under the Vintage Modern Quilts Pattern Co. brand. There are four designs for 2013 and lots more to come in 2014.
You may not know that in my not-so-distant past, I worked for a Fortune 500 company as a technical writer. My job entailed writing a variety of documents to describe how microchips worked. Quilts are not exactly microchips but pattern writing is really just a form of technical writing – after all. a quilt pattern is a documented process.
I will be debuting three of the patterns this week in conjunction with Quilt Market and the fourth pattern will be available next week. The printed patterns will be for sale at Quilt Market through United Notions so ask your favorite LQS to stock them. Digital versions will be available through my online shop.
WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT VMQ PATTERN CO.
Color Palettes – Part of my love of the quilting craft is fabric selection and through my teaching experiences. I’ve seen that can be the most difficult part for some quilters, especially beginners. Each pattern cover shows the color palette used (and gives the SKU number for my Bella Solids patterns). This means you can recreate the cover quilt exactly.
Design Sheet – Each pattern comes with a plain black and white version of the quilt on 8.5″x11″ paper ready for you to color in with pencils. Figure out your color/fabric placement before you start sewing!
About This Pattern – I’ve reserved a special spot on the back of each pattern for some extra info. What was my inspiration? How did I place my blocks? The idea is to help you recreate the look of the sample quilt. I can’t tell you how many times as a new quilter, I made things that sorta fell flat because I didn’t look at the whole picture of color values and print scale.
Freebies – My goal is to make these patterns as user-friendly as possible. And since I’m a labeling addict, that means free labels! I’ve created a downloadable file that you can print at home on regular paper or address labels to help you keep your blocks organized as you put the quilt together.
Quilt Label – I’ve designed a quilt label to coordinate with each pattern. Purchase of the pattern entitles you to one digital file for printing at home on fabric. digitizing for embroidery, or sending off to Spoonflower for printing. I’ve taken care to design each label simply so that it also translates to old-fashioned needle and thread embroidery.
Teacher Kits - I’ve created a set of teacher instructions, class handouts, and supply lists for each pattern to help you use VMQ patterns to grow your business. Teacher Kits are also useful for quilt guild workshops,
Without further ado, here’s a little sneak peek of what you’ll be seeing this week: