It's finally finished. It is done. I have planted my own little seed in the world and I'm watching anxiously to see if it grows.
That's right folks, I've published my first quilt pattern!
The whole idea started back when we decided to move to Key West. I knew I would have a while without a job and I wanted to use it as a chance to work for myself for a bit. Initially I had planned to make Key West-y quilts and sell them to tourists under the name Island Warmth with the tagline "Live somewhere cold? Bring the warmth of the island home with you." I even went as far as purchasing IslandWarmth.com. While I still think this is a fun and fabulous idea, it had its drawbacks. Through research (and some common sense observation) I learned that folks are rarely willing to pay for what a handmade quilt is really worth which is generally several hundred dollars. Also, knowing myself, would would add a need for perfectionism - thinking that if I was going to ask for lots of smackeroonies from someone that they should be in exchange for something flawless. Oh, and don't forget the countless hours I would need to spend behind the sewing machine - not that I don't love it when I'm inspired and in the mood - but if I went through a dry spell I wouldn't have anything to sell.
After weighing the pros and cons of the quilt-making business concept it just didn't float as well with me. Then it dawned on me. One of my biggest problems is that I have too many ideas stuck in my brain and I can hardly get them out fast enough. If I was forced to sew several of the same quilt it would be so irritating and I would get frustrated. I didn't want to be limited to Key West theme quilts and while there is an Island Warmth Collection on its way there were just too many non-islandy ideas in my head. All I wanted was to share my quilts and designs with people and through patterns I can share with quilters and quilters can share with the world! Granted I know that I'm not world-wide yet but a girl can dream right?
I had a blast working through new software to learn illustration and design programs and shortly thereafter my pattern was on paper, well, digital paper. I ran head first into making my first trial quilt and I was so tickled by the little fish (especially the silly one swimming backwards)! I call my version Le Petit Poission de Fromage, which, pardon my French, means something like Little Fish of Cheese because the little feesh reminded me of a delicious little snack food.
I couldn't wait to have a pattern tester try it out and my wonderful Instagram/Cincy-Florida friend @Saphre1964 was on the ball and soooooooooooooo quickly sewed up this lovely quilt. (I was so excited to see her batik version since I had envisioned making a second version of the quilt using batiks.)
Now I just can't wait to see more quilter's interpretations of this pattern. Everyone has their own style, edge and quirk to bring to it which makes seeing each new iteration so awesome!
If you want to check out the pattern visit my Etsy Shop by clicking HERE or on the Peace and Plastic Pattern Shop button on my side bar.