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From: Snow Keeper
Date: 12-26-2004, 10:28 PM (1 of 4)
I have been designing a few new quilt patterns lately, and with the encouragement of friends and family, I have decided to look into what it takes to put these new designs on the market to sell.
I have looked into the copyright issues and I am beginning to understand the importance of getting all my work registered with a copyright.
Beyond that, I am not sure where to go or what to do.
Anyone here ever sell their patterns?
How do I get started?
Is there some information somewhere to help me get this ball rolling?
Any advice always welcomed!
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User: Snow Keeper
Member since: 12-26-2002
Total posts: 14
From: MaryW
Date: 12-27-2004, 05:33 AM (2 of 4)
Hi Snowkeeper. You are to be commended in designing your own patterns.

The only piece of advice I ever heard concerning patterns was to start out small. Print only a few at a time. Copyright is the biggest thing. Clear, plain instructions and diagrams are very important. I wish you loads of luck. I would love to see your patterns. :smile:
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: Carol in ME
Date: 12-27-2004, 09:53 AM (3 of 4)
My Mom created, produced, and has sold a pattern for a tote bag featuring crazy patch quilting. Aside from copywriting, she had friends and acquaintances use the pattern at various points in the development process (and without any extra input from her), to make sure the directions were clear.
User: Carol in ME
Member since: 01-27-2003
Total posts: 105
From: shirleyp
Date: 12-27-2004, 12:32 PM (4 of 4)
How about sending your ideas to a quilting magazine. They always need ideas to use. Great advertising for you as well.
User: shirleyp
Member since: 02-12-2002
Total posts: 352
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