From hobby to business

Our friends love our quilts and want to make them, too. Our local quilt store would love to feature our quilt and sell the pattern. How can you produce a professional-quality quilt pattern, at home, and sell it? How much can you expect to earn selling your patterns? What are the costs involved?

Learn how to use the skills and tools you already have to create another stream of income. You already own a computer, you are a savvy learner, and you explain things well. What you need is to put it all together! There is no need to spend years figuring out how quilt designers produce and sell their patterns.

Learn it now!

Watch this short video to know what this course is all about!

My Story

I loved making quilts and, one day, I began changing some aspects of the patterns I had purchased as this block, or that applique' motif, weren't quite what I wanted in my project. Soon, I was designing my own quilts and my quilty friends wanted me to write the patterns for them.

Thus, I went exploring ways to do it. On my own. There was no place to find detailed instructions on how to design and publish a complete pattern, with photos, diagrams, and all.

In 2013, I began blogging under the name Pieced Brain - you know, a brain made up of thousands of pieces of fabrics. The feedback from that virtual community motivated me to create my company, Pieced Brain Quilt Designs, to launch my Etsy store where I could sell my work, and to pursue other ways to market my patterns. There was a lot of trial and error, anxiety, and bumps on the road.

You can do it, too! But, it will be a lot easier because you can find all the information I never had in one package!

Design Process

Watch the step-by-step quilt design process, and learn how to obtain all the information (and most of the graphics) you will need to write the pattern.

Pattern Writing

Test your pattern and write easy-to-follow instructions, complete with diagrams or photos to show quilters how to make your project.

Sell your Patterns

Turn your quilting passion into cash as quilters purchase and download your patterns. Sell to stores - learn what they require and where to get what you need.


“This course is full of information and tips to better design quilts and write the patterns. Denise offers creative solutions for every step of the process. I highly recommend this course.” P. Panse

“The classes are very helpful for someone who is looking to write and sell quilt patterns. Very well explained and so many useful tips! Definitely worth it!” M. Lemos

Course Curriculum

The course will go live on September 2, 2021.

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  Quilt Design
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  Calculating fabric requirements
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  How to write the patterns
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  Creating diagrams for the patterns
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  Selling the patterns
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  Marketing the patterns
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  Customer Support
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Course Lessons

  1. How I design quilts
  2. Fabric requirements calculations
  3. Pattern skeleton and verbiage
  4. Easy diagram creation
  5. Sell online, to stores and distributors
  6. Marketing: blog, social media, magazines
  7. Customer Support and pattern corrections

A Bundle of Information

The ultimate goals of this course are to show:

  1. How you can design and write patterns professionally;
  2. How you can sell your patterns online while you sleep;
  3. How you can sell patterns to quilt stores and distributors; and
  4. How you can 'get paid' to advertise your business.

When you sign up for the Turn Your Quilting Passion into Cash, you get:

  • Step-by-Step video lectures where you see how I work
  • PDFs with resources, tips, pattern editing check-lists
  • 1-hour one-on-one coaching call
  • Monthly Q&A sessions