Friday, February 5, 2021

Tester Parade! / Beauties Pageant 115

Photo courtesy of @simplyjesiquilts

Perhaps the most important step in pattern writing is enlisting a group of quilters to help test. I worked with six testers to release Love Boldly, each of whom made a few blocks and got back to me with critical feedback on how to improve the pattern. Because it’s not just about getting the numbers right ... It’s about writing instructions that different people with their own take on the quilt-making process can use successfully.

I adore the projects that came out of these testing experiences! The pattern provides instructions for a single block and three quilt sizes (baby, small throw, large throw). A few testers made the four-block baby-size quilt, and I can’t blame them: It makes for a satisfying sew. (I know this because I just finished piecing my own baby quilt!)

Photo courtesy of @joandesan

Photo courtesy of @chrysalisknits

One tester transformed her three blocks into a table runner, which I love so much that I’m making my own. I think the orientation of the blocks and the two-color palette are brilliant!

Photo courtesy of @angesullivan

Another quilter made a pillow from a single block in her mom’s favorite color. Gosh, a two-toned heart doesn’t get bolder and happier than this!

Photo courtesy of @simonerigden

And another still tested the bonus block design included in the pattern—an American flag heart block—which she’ll be making into something for her sailboat. Beautiful, right? I’m crazy about the dark background fabric.

Photo courtesy of @mjordan_101

Each tester’s Instagram feed is linked in the caption corresponding to her project. I encourage you to check out these quilters’ other makes over on Instagram!

Love Boldly is available exclusively at Quilt Pattern Mart. (The introductory price of $7.50 is available through February 14!) Love Boldly is available in my Etsy shop. If you make your own Love Boldly blocks, please let me know by dropping me an email (frombolttobeauty [at] gmail [dot] com) or by using the hashtags #frombolttobeauty and #loveboldlyquilt on Instagram. You can also upload finished blocks posted on blogs or in Instagram to a future Beauties Pageant. : )

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  1. Wow! The testers knocked it out of the park! They're all so beautiful, but the table runner might be my favourite version :)

  2. So many incredible versions of your pattern Michelle - just wonderful. I love that table runner and the flag is stunning! Well done all you testers! and you too, pattern designer extraordinaire!

  3. They're each so cute!!! I especially love the added hearts in the cornerstones, the table runner version and the flag heart!!!!

  4. A wonderful pattern and what a great bunch of testers... they each did such interesting things with the pattern. It's hard to pick a favorite. But the table runner is cool especially the way she oriented the hearts.

  5. The table runner is so lovely! It's such a treat to get to see all the different versions sewn up.

  6. Wow...your testers did an amazing job. They all turned out great.

  7. wow your testers have really done well with your lovely pattern. Beautiful makes

  8. Those hearts are just wonderful!


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