Two Tip Tuesday – Patterns/Booklets

How do your patterns grow?? I’ve been writing some new patterns and I’m going to turn the tables and ask you for your tips for me…
How do you prefer patterns?

Brilliant Bundle

A – In a single regular size pattern (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ regular paper size, folded in half in a plastic sleeve).  My “Tool” and “Brilliant” patterns are this format.

“By The Number” Patterns.

B – Smaller size, like my BTN patterns.  These are a single page, tri-fold to approximately 4″ x 5″, no plastic sleeve (or would you want this size in a plastic sleeve?)  Yes, we folded them a bit different.  Small size packed with steps and diagrams, fewer words.

C – Small size single sheet of paper folded twice.  They would be placed in a plastic sleeve.

D – Booklet, sturdy cover with full sheet instructions stapled into a booklet.

E – Small Booklet, sturdy cover with half sheet instructions stapled into a booklet, this is like my Hex-a-ma-jig and Hex-a-ma-jig Jr. instruction booklet.

F – PDF file to be downloaded by you and printed on your home printer.  This format would be full sheet format like option A.

Yes, I’m seriously asking and really curious!  What format do you go for?  Do you like one quilt per pattern or prefer a booklet with several different patterns?

Do you save the plastic sleeve and keep your patterns in their original form?  Or do you take them out and pitch the sleeve?

Please leave your comments below.  If you are not comfortable using the comments to answer, please email me!

In thinking about storing patterns, a couple tips…

#1 – I store my purchased patterns in baskets on a shelf in my studio.  Yes, in their original plastic sleeve.

#2 – A friend takes everything out of the sleeve and puts in a three ring notebook in their own separate sleeve protector.  Great idea Shinae!

And… I’m really missing Grand Rapids this week!  I love that show!  I look forward to when we can be together at shows again.

in quilting,


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1 Response to Two Tip Tuesday – Patterns/Booklets

  1. Faye Postma says:

    A, E or F. I only save the plastic sleeve if a tool came with the pattern (like Hexie) so I don’t loose the tool, otherwise I prefer they are 8-1/2 x 11 so they store nicely in my plastic tote. Use to have them in a 3ring binder but had too many patterns and really can’t throw any away because as soon as I do I will need to make the one that got thrown.

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