Getting to Know Yvonne

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Hello, I’m Yvonne Fuchs, and if you know me via my blog, Quilting Jetgirl, I figured I would take a new angle on the “getting to know you” kind of blog post and talk a little bit about some of the behind the scenes work that happens for Quilt Theory and what I try to offer to the team.

For those of you who might be unfamiliar with me, I worked as an engineer for 15 years before deciding leave the engineering profession and focus on quilting full time in 2014.

Quilt pattern writing is a lot like creating engineering blueprints, and having a supportive team environment makes the final product in both situations better because there are peers to review and guide the process.

One of my first goals and contributions toย the Quilt Theory team was to work to create a pattern reference document. Not only is pattern writing consistency one of the goals of the pattern writing and editorial process for Quilt Theory, but brevity without cutting corners is essential when the patterns are printed on 4×6 cards!

Once each individual designer creates their rough draft of a pattern for a collection, I am one of the pattern editors who works to look over the patterns for consistency. I am so grateful for the many sets of eyes that go across the patterns and am amazed that even the last minute “final” checks often find ways to improve our patterns.

If you are wondering what it takes to get started writing your own patterns, I recommend reading the Pattern Writing Blog Series that Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs (and another member of the Quilt Theory editorial team!) put together.

13 Responses

  1. It’s important to have a good team assembled for an adventure or venture such as Quilt Theory! You’ve found the right mix of talent!!

    • Michelle

      You’re right! Group dynamics can be tricky, but I’m so fortunate to have found such a talented group of ladies to work with!

  2. Neat! I look forward to getting to meet the whole team, Yvonne, and seeing what everyone does to make QT roll out so many great patterns : )

    • Michelle

      I’m really excited about having each designer post, so everyone can get to see what they do for Quilt Theory. It’s so much fun. I even learn things about them ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Yvonne is excellent at what she does. We met a few years ago, and have gotten to know each other through quilting and blogging. She is so smart, and nice. It’s wonderful to see her thrive in this new, amazing endeavor, Quilt Theory!!

    • Michelle

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment you left on Yvonne’s post. I’ll make sure she sees it! Everything you said is so true. She is wonderful!

  4. ImprovQuilter

    Love your idea of 4 x 6″ cards! So refreshing and usable.

    • Michelle

      I’m so glad to hear you like the 4″x6″ cards. They are so much fun to create and we love sharing them with people.

  5. I love learning more about the Quilt Theory team and who manages which parts! Thanks for sharing more about your pattern editor role, Yvonne ๐Ÿ™‚ And, if you have the chance, I would love to learn more about your pattern reference document.

    • Michelle

      Our pattern reference document contains exact wording for tasks (like making HSTs) so we don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time. It also has style standards and how to notate things so that we are all on the same page. It makes keeping these cohesive so much easier when we work from the same “rules” from the beginning ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Well, now I’m singing the “Getting to know you,” song from The King and I. I’ll go read the post about pattern drafting and writing series. I’ve started doing a wee bit of editing for a friend, but I haven’t gotten it finished due to regular life work issues.

    • Michelle

      Yes, the pattern writing series is such a great resource! That is very exciting that you are getting started with editing. It is such a fun challenge!

  7. That’s a great idea – I love the idea of a consistent way of writing patterns for quilters. Brilliant that you have your customers front and central in preparing your patterns.

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