Today I’m showing how to write a pattern for a bit
I have made a kaleidoscope quilt and I will just show one of the blocks as the other block is similar but more complicated.
If you select the kaleidoscope block and print the foundation pattern (or preview it)
You’ll see this
Here it looks good, as far as how it splits the sections.
then on the print page/preview page
it’s first on top of each other, but you can just move those out of the way.
I have a program called cutePDFwriter that’s free online, once it’s installed it acts like a printer, so if you click on page setup first
then select printer
then select cutePDFwriter as your printer and click ok and print it
AFTER you have moved the pieces away.
You’ll have a PDF!
If you want to rename the block to something else you have to do that in the sketchbook notecard before printing
Now comes the “tricky” part for FPP patterns- if you actually want to write this part. Some people may just provide the yardage and let the quilter sew it together in order with measurements.
I like to cut out the chunks of fabrics first, so I know I have enough and that they are big enough.
You have to pay attention to the number order that EQ printed and think about the order they get sewn together.
Also of course provide simple directions to use a small stitch length and trim to 1/4” etc- whatever method you use.
Apart from the corner triangle on the block, I would measure and maybe add 1/2”- 3/4” to the measurements to make sure it’s enough.
so the line between A1 and A2 is 1.6” plus 3/4” is about 2 1/4”
and the width is 1.1” so I’d write 2”
The corner triangles show 2 5/8” but I’d write maybe 3” square cut diagonally.
So A1= white 2” x 2 1/4”
A2= red 2” x 2 1/4”
A3= white 2” x 2 1/4”
A4= green 2” x 2 1/4”
B1= green 3” square cut diagonally
B2= light green 3 1/4” x 2 1/4”
B3= red 2” x 2 1/4”
Of course there’s 4 of each of these per block and my quilt has 10 of this block on it.
Now because I made the patches a bit bigger, I’d add 1/4yd to the yardage from what EQ tells me.
AND this is a reason why I have TESTERS! and I test myself, I use a fabric I have plenty of a measure before and after and see if the yardage is right on or not.
I’ll show another pattern tip- templates! at the next tutorial.