Sometimes it feels as if it takes as long to write instructions for a quilt pattern as it does to actually make the quilt! This week I've written two lots of instructions - one for someone else's quilt and one for a quilt of mine. It is satisfying work, trying to make it as straightforward as possible for the reader to follow, but it always amazes me how much knowledge we take for granted and forget to include.
The thing about published quilt patterns is that you never know where they will go. This means you can never know how experienced the quilter who tries to make your quilt actually is or what they know or don't know.
For example, these days we always assume that a quilt maker knows how to use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut strips, so we don't explain that in a pattern. It is a rare pattern that explains how to do the quilting on a project - usually it is the dreaded 'quilt as desired', which is so unhelpful to the inexperienced.
I'd really like to hear any comments about quilt patterns you have used (without naming and shaming). What information did you find lacking, or what extra information could have helped you make more sense of the instructions? Do you prefer diagrams or step-by-step photos?