If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I have been doing a lot of pattern testing for other designers over the past few months.

The Keeper Quilt. Pattern by Seamed to Be.

I love pattern testing! Not only do I get to help pattern designers by going through their pattern and looking for any errors, but I get to learn from them and grow so much as a quilter. I know most designers are very grateful to their testers for helping them get their product ready for selling to the public, but as a tester, I feel like I gain more from testing than the designers themselves do!

Celtic Crossing Quilt. Pattern by Lo & Behold Stitchery.

Testing patterns for designers has given me the opportunity to connect with other pattern designers and get to know them a little. My skills in quilting have improved immensely since I start testing because while testing I have to be critical of the pattern and find ways that it could be improved, while looking at it through the eyes of all skill levels. It has given me a new appreciation and respect for those designers who spend the countless hours writing and perfecting their patterns before releasing them to the public.

Snow Cabin Quilt. Pattern by Lo & Behold Stitchery.

I am so humbled and thankful for all of the opportunities, learning experiences, friendships, and acquaintances I have gained through testing other designers patterns, and I’m looking forward to continuing to learn and grow as a quilter while doing what I love to do: quilting, and helping other people meet their goals and dreams as makers!

Pine Falls Quilt. Pattern by The Blanket Statement Quilt Co.

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