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Technical Editing Services

As a scientist and engineer, technical writing and editing are a daily

part of my professional career. I apply the same level of detail to quilt

pattern writing and editing. I've written over 150 quilt patterns

and edited countless others.


I offer a la carte technical editing, graphics/template drafting, and pattern

writing services. Wherever your pattern is at, I can help you get it to a

finished and polished state. My rates are hourly. Please use the form

below to inquire about current rates and get more information about how

this process works.

 

Sample work is available upon request. I do not disclose the names

of any of my clients without prior written consent. Nor do I provide

testimonials or references; it is not worth my time to collect and acquire

permission to share those. If you've found me, it was likely through a

referral and thus you are already familiar with my work. 

 

You can also check out these helpful blog articles for quilt pattern

designers:

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Here is where you can ask technical questions that come up as you are working on a quilt pattern. Anyone who wants to learn (tech editing client or not) is welcome and I'll be in there answering questions whenever they're asked.

Technical Editing

Technical editing provides a complete review of your pattern draft. Below is a list of areas I specifically look at during a technical review.

  1. Clarity of written instructions

  2. Fabric requirements, block dimensions, and quilt math

  3. Graphics and instructional diagrams

  4. Cutting instructions

  5. Construction workflow

  6. Overall organization​​​

Turnaround is currently 3-7 days but rush turnaround is available for an additional fee. 

Pattern Ghost Writing

Have designs but don't want to write the pattern? Outsource your pattern writing to me. I'm happy to work with everything from a paper-sketched design to a partially drafted pattern and you retain all rights and authorship to your pattern. 

Turnaround time for completed drafts is currently guaranteed to within 4 weeks. Rush service is available. Please inquire for more information. I can provide detailed estimates based on your specific design upon request.

I do recommend having an independent technical editor review your finalized pattern draft as well, since I can not adequately edit my own work. I use EQ8, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign to draft patterns.

Al la carte Design Services

If what you're looking for doesn't exactly fit into either of the above categories, please reach out. I'm always happy to help with individual steps of the pattern writing process. Examples of this include (but aren't limited to):

  1. Design Consultation - For when you want an experienced opinion about best approach for sewing non-standard shapes in a quilt pattern.

  2. Paper Template Drafting - For when you're not confident that you can draw a paper pattern piece to the accurate size/shape for your pattern.

  3. Pattern Illustration - For when you just need help with the graphics. You write the steps, I'll fill in all or some of the pictures. 

  4. Pattern Formatting - For when you're ready to convert a digital pattern to a paper format or need a pattern converted into a standarized format.

sample of quilt pattern instructions written by me
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