Thursday, June 26, 2008

Quilty Indulgence Goes Live!

Happy Friday! I have finally finished the big secret project! I have completed the copyright for my bib pattern, the Quilted Toddler Bib!   I have some more patterns that I am working on and will get them copyrighted and posted soon.
The bib pattern grew out of necessity as I watched my angel of a granddaughter eating her first little bowls of baby food. Her daddy would warn you to watch for what he termed “blow back”. Then there was the “waterfall of food” and a number of other potential actions that were a constant threat to whatever my little darling was wearing. I immediately saw the problem and needed to think of a solution. Thus the Quilted Toddler Bib was born. I chased my granddaughter around the house with an old T-Shirt, snipping and clipping to get it to fit properly in order to make the pattern and then, because she wasn’t the most patient of models, I kept modifying it at home and taking it back for fittings. We finally got it just right and I started making them for her.

That’s when the fun really began because as the parents of my granddaughter’s friends saw these bibs, they wanted some for their own children. I became a bib making machine and then a light came on in my head and I realized that I really had something here. I just had to get it all down on paper, and then get that paper printed!

I wanted the actual bib pattern to be full size (not one you had to tape together), so that required “big girl software” so that when I took the final drawing to the printer, it would print all in one piece. The paper needed to be 24 X 30 inches and my home printer certainly couldn’t handle that task. During this time my granddaughter turned two and outgrew the original bib, so I then I realized I had to make a larger size. So back to the computer drawing board I went, and I overlaid the larger size onto the same paper, like you do with sewing patterns and back to the printer I went. The printer I was using specializes in construction blueprints and such, and talking to him about sewing patterns was quite a lark. He just couldn’t wrap his head around what I was trying to accomplish until I stated, “this is the blueprint to build a bib.” Suddenly we were on the same page! The rest, as they say, is history.
Stop by my etsy shop, if you will, and have a look around. I love company! Have a great weekend, everyone!

Oh, and the inspiration for the bib is the little princess below, Miss Madelyn Mary!

7 comments:

Greenmare said...

all right, I'm going to go and make one right this second! Little Madelyn ispired me to sew sew sew. gosh what a cutie patootie she is. obviously takes after grandma!

Helen in the UK said...

You've obviously put a lot of effort into this pattern and they do look practical and cute! Wishing you success :)

Tiffany said...

congratulations!!! Those bibs are so fabulous!

swooze said...

Congrats on being published!

Julie said...

I am impressed! That pattern is great - wish I had had some of those when my babies were small. Especially "Sir Pukes Alot" my son! (Thankfully he lost that title at around 2 years of age.)

Silver Thimble Talk said...

Wonderful bib pattern! Welcome to the design world. I have been designing for two years now and I love it. Enjoyed your blog. My faters family was from Plant City Florida..I have found memories of that area of Florida.

Pat
www.silverthimbequilt.com
www.silverthimbletalk.blogspot.com

kcamou said...

Congrats on the pattern. And the bibs are just precious, as are the models.