Pattern writing is very much a behind the scenes business.
Attention to every detail is important, so things are gone over again and again and again in this whole process.
There is protocol to follow. Formatting, writing style, outlines to follow.
Things you may never have noticed in any pattern that you look at in a book.
For instance, can you tell the difference between 1/2” and 1/2’’? Look closely!
The first one has the inch marks as a quote mark. The second example as two apostrophes. I have to write the second way. It’s a small change from what I’ve done before, but one that will make the reading of the pattern easier for the person making the quilt from my directions.
And let’s talk about spacing. I am so used to writing with double spacing between my sentences, I have had to stop and put only one space after a period. Like this. And it is crazy-making after a life time of hitting that space bar twice. But double spacing between sentences in a quilting book takes up valuable page space meaning fewer words which could lead to fewer hints, helps, tips due to wasted space between sentences. So I am having to learn. One hit only on the space bar! Can you tell the difference in this paragraph alone?
At any rate, manuscript has been uploaded, illustrations uploaded, checklists sent, everything in place and all that remained was to actually SEND the quilt.
There it goes! My first publication with C&T! It’s going to be released as a single stand-alone pattern hopefully ready by Spring Market.
Cross your fingers with me that it arrives in time, in good condition and that I have dotted all of my I’s t’s and whatevers ((including NO DOUBLE SPACING BETWEEN SENTENCES!)) and my first foray into publishing with a new company doesn’t prove me a pain in the butt to work with because I don’t follow rules!
I think starting with a single pattern release is a great way to get my feet wet in this new way of working with a new publisher. After a while it will become second nature. But right now it is still a NEW DANCE and it is awkward at first, but getting better and will be great in the long run.
After dropping this off, you won’t believe what I went in search of!
Yes. A wedding veil!
I am off to a very fun fun fun retreat in Las Vegas with the incredible Debbie Caffrey and the hysterically funny Charlotte Angotti, along with 75 retreaters in attendance who are going to make this the best retreat yet!
Our opening gala, tomorrow night ---ALL MUST WEAR A BRIDAL VEIL! No exceptions! What a terrific and very funny ice breaker!
The local goodwill provided me the opportunity to pick up the ugliest vintage 1960s veil that I could find…..hideous in its gaudiness, and perfect at the low low discounted price of $7.99. Oh this is going to be fun!
But first, a soak in oxi clean! Veils should NOT be grey!
On the agenda today – I’ve been ticking off TO DO items off of my long list ever since returning home from Colorado.
Today’s job is to write all of the directions for my 6 Addicted to Scraps column blocks for 2016. It’s time to send them in!
I also need to include the next-in-line 100 blocks by 100 designers block that is also due….I made that block this weekend up at the cabin, so it is also ready to go.
And…there are 5 book quilts still needing to have patterns written.
A full day ahead, but I’m at home in my studio, working at a nice non-frantic pace and I will get this done!
Happy Wednesday, everyone! Make it a good one!