Question: How do you like your pattern pieces?

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Say you were making a quilt with a new pattern and had to cut out pattern pieces. Would you cut the original pattern or trace/scan-and-print/photocopy the pieces and leave the master intact?

I would stick it in the scanner and make a copy but Sean thinks I shouldn’t put text on the back of the pattern pieces in case others cut the original.

So what do you do?  Any opinions would be greatly appreciated!

I’m finishing up the first draft of a pattern with pieces if that wasn’t obvious. :)

6 thoughts on “Question: How do you like your pattern pieces?

  1. christi

    i would have to agree with the above post. keep the master.

    P.S- i like your new header its purple and swirly.

  2. Ariane

    I also photocopy or trace the pattern pieces. This is my first time commenting and wanted to say that your quilts are always so beautiful!

  3. Nichole

    I always trace onto tissue paper or elses scan and print, depending on which type of paper will work best. I never cut pattern originals in case I loose the piece and want to make the pattern again. Love your quilts. It is inspiring to see your designs and work. I confess to being a lurker, but I am a regular reader and also I am local here in the triangle, too (Cary)!

  4. Doris

    I have a hard time cutting into the original pattern, I have a hard time tearing pattern pages from a magazine even! I guess I am weird that way. That said, some people do not have easy access to a copier/scanner, and some do not even care about cutting a pattern (gasp!), so leave the text separate from the pattern unless it costs you a great deal to add an extra sheet of paper, then make it clear in the instructions that they will need tracing paper to trace the pattern or need to photocopy it.

  5. emily Post author

    Thanks everyone! It’s not really a cost issue… but having it on a separate piece would make ordering all the pages in the pattern a bit more difficult. Now to make the final decision…

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