Lindsey’s May is for Makers idea did not just push a button for me, she mashed down on several of them all at once. I am currently in a bit of a state of overwhelm, and her post and call to action made me pause in a way that re-centered me and helped me re-acknowledge some of my core beliefs.
When Lindsey said:
…the balance between what we expect for free and what we are willing to purchase is way out of whack.
…it just made me stop and pause. You know, I have used one of Lindsey’s designs before in the Myer Quilt that I made last year. I found it on the Sew Mama Sew blog as a free tutorial.
Just to be clear, this is not about trying to guilt you into buying my patterns (though if you want to buy from me, I won’t argue!). This is about supporting all the innovators and creators of the quilting and sewing worlds. I am just one of thousands of independent designers trying to make a go of it in this business, and we all need your support. Consider buying a pattern as a way of saying thank you for a free tutorial you learned from, or a free pattern that you especially loved—after all, that free tutorial or pattern was probably only made possible by that designer’s paid patterns.
So, I am pledging to buy 5 patterns over the course of May.
To kick things off, I knew exactly the right pattern to buy. Kitty @Night Quilter released her newest foundation paper pieced pattern on Friday: Bean Sprout. I actually hope to have something made and ready to gift with this by the end of the week. Because… what’s one more thing on my list at this point, right?
Let’s join together to support all the Makers this May! I can’t wait to see what (and who) you choose to support!
Linking up with Sunday Stash, because this pattern is a fantastic addition to my stash and I want to see what everyone else has been buying and who else everyone has been supporting this week!