From Rebel to Reunion

Reunion Flock

I’ve been such a long time finishing this quilt!  I blogged about it back in March.  Pretty quickly, I got all the blocks sewn together and into rows, then a few of the rows sewn together and the project hit a screeching halt.  Pushed out of the way by more urgent projects.  It finally worked it’s way up my priority list a few weeks ago and I’m so happy it is finally finished!

Some of you may recognize this as a version of my Rebel Flock quilt.  This one is called Reunion Flock since it is made using Sweetwater’s Reunion line.  The two quilts look totally different!  I wanted to emphasize the neutrals and navies in the line, so I used Kona Snow for the background.  It has kind of a low volume quilt feel about it.

Rebel Flock

Rebel Flock was originally a free pattern download here last Fall.  Now I’ve added 5 sizes to the original and it is for sale in all my pattern shops (Craftsy, Etsy, PatternSpot).  The sizes run all the way from baby size (37″ x 46″) to queen/king (98″ x 103″) and include crib, throw, twin and double sizes too.

There are lots of free things in webland and I enjoy contributing some of my designs to the mix.  But, as a wise person (a fellow quilt designer) once said, “Free is not a sustainable business model.”  So this is the second time I’ve put a pattern out for free as a single size and then removed it many months later and re-released it as a pattern for sale with additional sizes.  What do you all think of this approach?

Be sure to check back Thursday morning as I’ll be able to show you a fun little project I’ve been working on – hope to see you then!

  • Cheryl Arkison
    Posted at 22:32h, 13 August Reply

    Love the Reunion quilt, love it!

  • Marg
    Posted at 08:48h, 09 August Reply

    I think that is good advice too. You should be rewarded for the work and time you put into a design. I really love the latest version, the neutral background is lovely.

  • cinzia
    Posted at 22:56h, 08 August Reply

    good advice form your designer friend! your hard work and talent should be compensated.

  • Josée Carrier
    Posted at 19:18h, 08 August Reply

    I just love the low volume effect with the contrasting navy blocks in the middle. I think it is a great idea to have the pattern free for the original size and then charge when you have a pattern for different dimensions. Even that is pretty generous. Patterns do take a lot of time thinking and writing!

  • two hippos
    Posted at 02:15h, 08 August Reply

    Ooh, I really like the neutral version (or neutral + blue).

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