Do you love to play with fabric combinations? Do you wish that you could see the fabric combinations in different colors, layouts, and border combinations before you commit to cutting and sewing, let alone buying that fabric? Have I got a cool site for you!
The new Pattern Jam website is rolling out right now. Pattern Jam aims to be the world’s easiest quilt design platform where you can interact with dozens of current quilt designs as well as a huge library of the latest designer fabric collections.
There are multiple ways to use Pattern Jam. The first thing you need to do is sign in and create your own profile. This way you can save all your choices from the Fabric library as well as all of your customized quilt designs.
From there you can begin to build your own “virtual fabric stash” from the Browse Fabrics button. You can browse fabric samples by color, designer, collection or manufacturer. Then click on the heart icon to add it to your favorites. It’s pretty addicting but the good news is, it’s totally free, you can get a little of everything and your family can’t be appalled by the size of your collection. 🙂
From there you can Design a Quilt using a very simple interface where you drag blocks into an easily customizable grid and then drag fabrics into you block. This is a great beginner version for customizing quilt designs and a really fun way to play with block shapes and colors. The video above shows you how quickly you can create a whole new design.
This is a design I created from scratch in just a matter of minutes. It’s a really fun (and free!) way to get your creative juices flowing.
Or you can choose the Customize a Pattern option and chose from dozens of finished quilt patterns to use as your template. Here is a sample of using Heather Bailey’s recent Clementine collection in my Lattice Quilt Pattern. If I were to sew this quilt with this fabric, it wouldn’t necessarily look identical to this, but it gives me a really good idea – especially when you’re choose border fabrics/colors. That can change the whole look of the quilt!
You can see some of the virtual quilts I’ve been playing with under my profile. I warn you now, this is also very addicting. 😉
For a limited time, be one of the first to create a profile at PatternJam and receive an invitation to start playing. And better yet, for a short time only, refer 5 quilt-loving friends and you will get 6 free half yards of fabric as a thank you. For real. Visit patternjam.com for all the details. Pattern Jam is still in it’s introductory phase, working out glitches, etc, so your feedback is welcome!
I’d love to hear what you think of Pattern Jam! As an incentive, Emily Taylor – Pattern Jam developer – is giving away 8 additional yards of free designer fabric to one of you. Give Pattern Jam a whirl and leave a comment sharing what you think of Pattern Jam to be entered!
Giveaway open until Sunday, July 12 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED