Anyone know how to become a quilt tester? I would be interested in this. Thanks.
OK Clare - you have got me. What is a quilt tester. I thought that's what my cats do when they lay on my quilts as i am sewing them. :o)
I guess that's one way to test a quilt, mine do that too. But I mean, in the magazines when they show the same squares but in different fabric or the people who test new patterns.
Hmm - I don't know how they pick those folks. Maybe you could write to one of the magazines and just ask.
I don't know about that. But, the ones who make quilts in other fabrics, then the one shown with the instructions, is usually an Associate Editor. Not sure if that is what you are talking about or not.
most designers have blogs and they advertise for testers from time to time.
Thanks everyone for some good suggestions. I'll check my publications for info.
Jackie is on the Scrap Squad for Quiltmaker and she was telling me it is only for a year. You could try that and see.
Quiltmaker posts things on their facebook page from time to time. Recently I've seen them looking for home sewers for their back to school sew-a-long and then looking for block testers for their 100 blocks publication. I think the spots fill up very quickly so you just have to keep checking. I think I applied for their scrap squad sometime in October last year, so you might keep an eye out for any info on that too.
Terry Atkinson of Atkinson Designs lives in Elk River, Minnesota, and she sometimes offers quilters a chance to test a new pattern through a "class" at the local quilt shop in Elk River. She asks the quilters to try her new pattern on site and she pays close attention to the kinds of questions they ask and the trouble spots they encounter so that she can make final edits to the pattern before it goes into production. They get to keep the pattern and project they made for free. It would be fun to invite a designer to a guild sewing day to do this same kind of thing.
On the banks of the Mississippi River in north central Minnesota (Brainerd lakes area)
My LQS asked me if I would be interested in making display quilts for them. I don't remember all the details as that was a couple of years ago and I didn't have time to do it, but you might ask at your LQS.
Sometimes you are in just the wrong place at the wrong time and end up doing this! Teehee... if Jodie is reading she is saying WHAT!!! But contact the magazines and tell them you are interested. Go to the Facebook pages of the different editors and tell them too! I can tell you though that it is something that you have to do fast - usually you get a last minute call that a quilt has to be done yesterday and the picture and material are on there way all ready.