For the last couple of days I haven’t done much quilting…instead I have been working on quilt patterns and also getting some printed up so I can ship out some orders. All of my new patterns have full color diagrams which makes it so much easier for people to follow the patterns. Eventually I will update older patterns.
There is one nice feature about selling patterns through Craftsy – when a designer updates a pattern you receive a email from Craftsy letting you know there was a change to the pattern. (I’m not sure if this works on the free patterns). Last week things weren’t working that well at Craftsy as they have updated their website but I was able to upload my Golden Sunset pattern easily the other day.Some of the links on this site are affiliate links and I may be compensated a small commission when you make a purchase by clicking on those links. I only promote products and services that I use and love myself. Your support enables me to maintain the content of this blog and I am truly grateful!
Is anyone interested in a post about the way I write patterns? I know that many of us do it in different ways and use different tools. Leave a comment if you are interested.
One thing I want to mention is that I print my patterns at home, most of my sales are downloadable PDFs. When I first started writing patterns I got all excited and checked on getting them professionally printed…..I’m so glad I didn’t do it as the sales from that first printed pattern were minimal. I hate to think how I would feel with 500 copies sitting around.
The nice thing about digital…..you can easily update a pattern (like I am doing now….adding color diagrams and photos). Last spring I purchased a new HP printer at Costco. It wasn’t expensive….under $100, the ink is what costs so much for printers. Since we live out in the sticks, I picked up a double package of ink which cost almost as much as my printer. When I got home and opened the box there was information about this HP Instant Ink program that you could sign up for, try out and cancel at any time, there was a free coupon to try it so I figured what the heck.
It only works with certain HP printers and you have to have your printer setup online. There are 3 different plans and I am using the most expensive one which is only $9.99 a month. Last night while printing I was told to replace my color ink cartridge, they had already sent me a replacement one. I have never run out of ink. Remember the ink cartridges I bought when I bought the printer……I returned them to Costco.
If you want to find out more about HP Instant Ink click on the link. If you sign up you will get one free month of service and…..so will I! Would you like to hear more about the printing I do? One note – your usage is based on the amount of pages PRINTED. If you have one word on a page…..or a full color photo – each one counts as a page. That is why I’m printing full-color patterns. Now if I ever start selling in large volume I’ll choose a different way of printing.
All Craftsy classes are on sale from today through 11:59 p.m. MST Monday, October 31; every class will be under $20! Go here to shop the classes!Have you ever seen the cute applique that Wendi Gratz does? Her ideas are so cute, I took her class Fusible Applique Made Easy – note to self……make something with all her cute animal appliques. Debbie Coles from So-Sew-Easy.com has a class on Craftsy called Sewing Wallets Step by Step teaching you how to make your own wallets. I’ve been waiting for a half price sale so I could buy this class. I have watched many of her videos on YouTube and her tutorials are very easy to follow.
As soon as I get the patterns all packaged up I’ll get to work on a project that uses these beautiful batiks! I can’t wait!
All Craftsy classes are on sale from today through 11:59 p.m. MST Monday, October 31; every class will be under $20! Go here to shop the classes!