Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pattern Cover Page Survey Results and Winner

First off, I would like to thank everyone who responded to my question regarding pattern covers, it was so helpful to hear everyone's choice as their favorite design and even more importantly why they liked one design over the others.  I would also like to add a super thank you to everyone who volunteered to review the pattern for me.  I have already seen some quilt tops and even one completed quilt and they all look fabulous!  

I have pulled together the results from the survey below along with some of the comments that really made me think.  I hope that this might help some new or future pattern writers as they begin to design their cover pages.  But first, I would like to announce the winner:

Maribel won any one pattern from Meadow Mist Designs and the Scrappy Tiles pattern when it becomes available (hopefully around the 1st or 2nd week of October).

Now onto the responses...here the covers once again...




Cover C was the clear favorite with over half the total votes and twice the votes of the runner up Cover A.

Yes, I had to graph the data because I am an engineer :)

Some interesting comments on the covers:
  • Most people that picked C really liked the fence, the natural setting for the quilt, and the darker background.
  • There were some comments around the amount of ink when printing.  These patterns are printed by the purchaser and I had never considered the amount of ink used in the printing, just the number of pages they would need to use. 
  • One commentor really liked the pink header on Cover A and suggested trying it with Cover C.
  • There was some discussion on the number of fonts.  Some thought there were too many and it looked a little confusing and others thought it was fine.
So here is my plan:  I am going to start with Cover C and tweak it a little.  I went with C for a lot of reasons, one being that I can take pretty good pictures of all of my quilts outdoors which will hopefully give my pattern covers a little consistency.  I liked Cover A, but especially larger quilts are very difficult to take full picture of with no distortion and that distortion becomes very obvious when the background is removed (and then it looks like you have a trapezoid quilt).

I am going to leave the pattern title a different font as it does not look right to me in the same font as my logo (looks too formal for the quilt), but I am going to try to reduce the number of fonts used in other parts of the cover.

I'm also going to try to make the quilt a little larger and make the ground area a little darker so that the logo shows up a little easier.

Thank you all again so much for your help!!


  1. Thanks for sharing your results. THat is very interesting feed back and even useful just for blog photography.

  2. I didn't take part in your survey but I find it pretty interesting to read about it. It sure is not easy to decide on all those things. I like the fence pic the most as well.

  3. I was very surprised by the results...I thought Cover A would be voted #1. They are all very nice. And love your donut pie chart! Congratulations on another great pattern!


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