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Which do you Prefer?

September 23, 2011

So I’m trying out a new format for my next pattern, the I Love Sushi Little Quilt Pattern.
Not only will it include full piecing instructions for the quilt top, and all of the individual sushi blocks,

The patterns will be more developed with:

  • seam allowance markings,
  • color and coding,
  • extra labels
  • and mini instructions for the next step in constructing the blocks.


I know for me less is more. I guess because I’ve got the paper piecing process down pat, I personally find the extra markings too confusing and cluttery. The process of cutting apart the pattern on the seam lines helps my brain remember how to piece them back together, and I also find I end up making cutting errors when I see that seam allowance marked only on the perimeter of the pattern.

But maybe for you less is just less? What you do think? Which format is easier for you to work with?

Click  here to download the two Tamago Sushi patterns,  and cast your vote below!

Thank-you so so much for letting me know what you think! I’m working like crazy to get this pattern done for you soon. I know better than to make any promises, but maybe by next week?


7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2011 11:06 pm

    Hey, you sound like you need a day retreat! Are you coming on Oct.15th??? Please say YES!

  2. September 23, 2011 11:46 pm

    Yes! Check your email 🙂

  3. September 24, 2011 12:09 pm

    Quilters with little or no paper-piecing experience may forget to add the allowance around the outer edge. My own paper-piecing pattern is set up like the 2nd one but with the lines and colour extending all the way to the edge. This means though that the paper will be sewn into the seams which is harder to remove but makes for more accurate piecing. The patterns I have seen on the net all have the allowance showing on the pattern. Hope that helps you decide :o) Your new pattern is very exciting! Hugs, L

  4. September 24, 2011 4:38 pm

    Hi Laurraine and Sonja,

    Wow what a great idea Sonja, will have to wait until Monday to give this a whirl. I’m teaching tomorrow and will be way too busy. I’m really enjoying my Halloween quilt with all your scary creatures in it Sonja. But I’m taking a “me” day on Monday and will play with some sushi for you and decide which I prefer. Thanks for the invitation to participate. I just love your work, I’m hooked! Can hardly wait for the rest of it!

    And Laurraine, what a fine way of explaining the accuracy in paper piecing. LOL

  5. Sara permalink
    September 26, 2011 8:18 am

    Hi – I love your designs and have found your patterns to be super user-friendly and very nicely designed (and lots of fun)!!!

    My only suggestion would be to mark all pattern pieces 1, 2, 3, etc. with the section letter included. So section A number 1 piece would be marked “1A”.

    The add’l descriptor within each section is a great idea (for eg. “bkgrd” for background fabric) and definitely worth incorporating into the pattern sheet.

    I can’t recall if you’re already doing this, but perhaps you could include a generic legend across all your patterns denoting dashed lines as section breaks, patterned markings (wavy line pattern, small dots, single hatch marks) within certain pieces denote background fabric, etc…

    I tend to only print in blk & wht so while colour shading is very helpful, perhaps you could use patterned lines or textures (in colour so less cluttered looking) for each pattern piece?

    Just a thought…well, ok, there were a few…I do tend to ramble :):):)

    Happy sewing,

  6. September 28, 2011 11:46 pm

    Oh thank you all so much for the great feedback and suggestions! So far it’s pretty clear that most people prefer the extra markings.

  7. joelle lambert permalink
    September 29, 2011 10:57 am

    Some time I would love if you could discuss how you translate a concept/drawing into a pattern- I have a hard time breaking down a drawing, for instance, into the parts of a paper piecing pattern. Thanks.

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