Did you catch the Four Robbins Designs blog hop and giveaway last month? (It was to announce a new quilt pattern, “Star Crossed.”) I first met Krista Robbins right here through the Craft Buds blog, and it’s been fun to see her move toward her creative business goals of releasing a line of quilt patterns!
Krista and her husband have two sons, Andrew and Sam (14 and 12). She used to be a bookkeeper but now she works from home, as well as homeschooling her boys. I had a chance to ask Krista some questions about getting her craft patterns business off the ground. Here’s what she had to say:
How did you start quilting?
I was inspired by traditional quilts at Houston Museum of Fine Arts about 10 years ago. I’m self-taught through trial and error, reading books and magazines, blogs, etc. I joined bees, BOM’s and the St. Louis Modern Quilt guild as well as starting my own BOM in 2013 on my blog sewwhatscooking.com, and I learned even more.
What led you to your goal of turning your crafty hobby into a business?
As far as going from hobby to business, I submitted a quilt design to Quilty last year on a whim and it was accepted and published in the Nov/Dec 2013 issue. I had another, “Twists and Turns,” published in Quilty Jan/Feb 2014. I have four more quilts being published this year as well.
I tell my boys to follow their dreams and try to do what they love for their career since I didn’t. I’m trying to follow my own advice because I love fabric and sewing and quilting. I love to come up with my own patterns and to share them. And I love to teach people to quilt. I decided to come out with my own patterns and hope to venture into fabric design as well So I started Four Robbins Designs and am following my dreams.
How did you go about designing your first quilt pattern?
I like history and traditional blocks and the stories behind the quilts and find a lot of inspiration there. I draw up blocks in an illustration program and then play with it until I get a design I like. Then I import upcoming fabrics to create my designs.
To write my patterns I use a desktop publishing program. I do all the math myself. (I love math.)
Would you like to win a PDF pattern of Krista’s “Star Crossed” quilt pattern? To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post with your favorite quilt block. We’ll choose a random winner one week from the date of this post. Good luck!
Congrats to commenter #11, Tyler F.!