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Friday, October 28, 2011

Just the FAQs, ma'am

You all have had questions, and we have answers. This list will be continuously updated and will be available from the right sidebar menu under FAQ.

Please note this page is for general site and Block of the Month questions. Please leave your requests on the Request Page.

General FAQ

How do I navigate your site?
Navigating Fandom In Stitches
Heres a handy-dandy guide!


What is Fandom In Stitches (FiS)?
  • Fandom In Stitches is a not-for-profit, fan-run site that provides free quilt patterns based on multiple fandoms. 
What Does "Fandom" Mean?
  • A "fandom" is a fan-based community with a specific interest such Doctor Who or Harry Potter.
Who designs the patterns?
  • All the patterns on Fandom In Stitches are designed by fans. 
  • All designers are volunteers. 
  • You can see a complete list of participating designers on our Designer Page.
Do you have permission to post these patterns?
  • Yes, absolutely. If a pattern has been posted on Fandom In Stitches, we have the designer's permission. 
  • Patterns shared on Fandom In Stitches have been submitted by the original designer or are part of a Fandom In Stitches event, in which case it was designed specifically for our quilting community.
How can I help?
Who Owns the Site/Writes The Posts?
You say it's free, why the ads and Zazzle Shop?
Can I use Fandom In Stitches patterns to make items to sell on etsy/craft fairs/etc.?
  • While we are fully aware that we can't stop you from selling items made from Fandom In Stitches' patterns, we ask most emphatically that you do not, unless it is for a fundraiser or non-profit (please see next question). As long as no one is profiting (profiting=making money) from our patterns, our use of fandom images, themes, etc., all of which are copyright, trademarked or the intellectual property of the originators/authors/etc., we are relatively safe under the broad allowance made under U.S. trademark laws (we have this from a bona fide trademark lawyer!). By not selling items made from FiS patterns, we are in no way competing with or profiting from the fandoms we love. We would absolutely hate to lose our ability to share these patterns with you because someone decided to profit from them. One cease and desist letter would likely be enough to shut us down. Thank you for understanding and respecting our request to not profit from our patterns.
Can I use Fandom In Stitches patterns to make items for non-profits or charities? What about showing my quilt at a quilt show or fair?
  • Absolutely you may use Fandom In Stitches patterns to create items for schools, charities or other non-profit reasons.
  • Yes, please do show off your work! All we ask is that you credit Fandom In Stitches and it's Designers...and post photos to our Flickr Group!
Can I reproduce your patterns to hand out to my bee/guild/sewing group?
  • As long as you are not selling Fandom In Stitches patterns, you are free to print and share, if allowed by the copyright of the individual designer. It's always best to ask first.
Can I repost your patterns to my website/blog?
  • We ask that you not repost actual patterns, but share links to the original file, page or post instead. If you'd like to share photos please contact the photo's owner.
Why are so many of the patterns paper pieced? Do you allow any other style?
  • While this is not quite as true as it used to be, it's still a valid question. Fandom In Stitches grew from a group of designers that met on Harry Potter Paper Piecing, which is the long and short answer as to why many of our patterns are paper pieced. 
  • We welcome any quilting style and have a growing collection of embroidery, pixel and applique patterns.
  • Read more about being an FiS Designer.
I'm new to quilting/paper piecing/applique, etc. Where do I start?
  • We recommend that you check out our Quilting Help Page. It has links to our favorite tutorials.
There's a pattern I really, really want but you don't have it and I can't find it anywhere else.
  • Please leave a comment on our Request PagePlease note that design and technique will be at designer's discretion.
I love social media! Where else can I find/follow Fandom In Stitches?
I'd like to sponsor a drawing or a giveaway.
How do I win the a prize and how are prizes awarded?
  • Most prizes are awarded based on participation in our flickr group. Share a photo of a Fandom In Stitches project (ie, something you made using a FiS pattern) and be entered to win!
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  • Unless otherwise stated, participation prizes are awarded by random drawing using Random.org. For monthly drawing, a list is compiled of FiS visitor that has contributed photos to the flickr group. Those photos are numbered and that number is used to choose a winner.
  • Challenge winners are chosen by anonymous poll.
  • Giveaway winners are chosen randomly.
I have a question not listed...
Block of the Month, Block of the Week, Stitch-Along FAQ
Applies to The Project of Doom and There and Back Again, as well as any other FiS BOM or BOW.

BOM=Block of the Month
BOW=Block of the Week
SAL=Stitch Along

I've never participated in a Block of the Month, Block of the Week or Stitch Along can you explain how it works?
  • A Block of the Month (BOM) on FiS will include a new pattern on an designated day every month that is part of a theme and works toward a full set of blocks to create an entire quilt.
  • A Block of the Week (BOW) works the same as a BOM, but with weekly patterns instead of monthly.
  • A Stitch Along (SAL) on FiS works the same as a BOM or BOW, but the pattern is hand embroidered instead of strictly machine stitched.
I want to participate, but I don't have time. Can I save/print/come back later?
  • Absolutely. You can start our BOM, BOW or SAL whenever it works best for you.
Are BOM/BOW/SAL files available as one large file?
  • Large or ongoing projects are available as they were originally posted, that is to say, one pattern per month or week. If you are participating after the fact, you will need to print each pattern individually.
The blocks in the BOM/BOW are too big/too small for my taste. Can I decrease/increase the pattern?
  • You are welcome to change the pattern size to a scale that works better for you, but please keep in mind that the BOM is designed with an overall quilt in mind and changing the size of your block will require you to change the final layout.
  • Link to Resize Chart from The Quilted Snail
My blocks are coming out the wrong size, what do I do?
  • To prevent patterns printing at the wrong size, always check to make sure your documents are set to "no scaling," "no resizing," or that you do not choose "fit to page."
  • If possible, square up your block after all the individual units are in place. It's not uncommon for patterns to print slightly off due to differences in printers, software, paper, etc.
  • We recommend that you wait until you have all your blocks and are ready to proceed with the layout until making any changes. You may be able to correct your block size at this point by making adjustments to individual blocks, like adding additional background fabric.
I'm stuck, lost or frustrated, what do I do?
Where can I go to talk about my project?
I own an etsy store/make fandom crafts and would like to be a Sponsor.
What have we missed? What do YOU need to know? Let us know in comments!

13 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your 6-month anniversary. I love your site.

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  2. Thank you, it's been an exciting time for myself and all the designers!

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  3. Is there a chart for increasing/reducing a pattern? Say for instance if I wanted an 8" block instead of a 10" block. Love your site!

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  4. Unfortunately, we don't have a chart, there are just so many variations we'd need to cover, but if you play around with it a little, it's pretty simple to figure out what you need to do.

    For example, if you are looking to shrink a 10" block to 8", you'd decrease by 20%, 10" to 7", 30%, etc. If you wanted to enlarge a 5" block to 10", you'd increase by 200%. I hope that helps!

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  5. Those who are in different countries and use A4 paper...is there any way to print the pattern on 8 1/2" x 11" paper? Even when I print it on 11" x 17" paper it cuts off the tops of the patterns. HELP!!

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  6. I'm going to start the Hobbit There and Back Again Blocks and wondered if there is idea layout for a finished quilt with these blocks? Love the site.

    Thanks!

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    1. The layout will be posted with the final block in October. So glad you've joined in!

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  7. Hi, I have just discovered your site, It's Amazing! I would like to stitch the Hobbit/Lord of the rings blocks but can't access the patterns, How can I get hold of them?? Thank You Jackie x

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    1. You can access all of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings patterns on this page:
      http://www.fandominstitches.com/2011/05/hobbitlotr.html

      Just click on the name of the block under the photo and it will open the pattern for downloading or printing.

      Happy stitching!

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  8. I have NEVER done anything like this before and would LOVE to start the PoD but I was wondering, what are fat quarters and what is paper piecing? Also, for the "Tester of the Month" giveaway... does it matter which patterns are being tested? :)

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    1. Fat quarters are 1/2 of a 1/2 yard cut of fabric. So, it's a 1/2 yard that is cut in half down the middle instead of across the width of fabric. They usually equal about 18" x 22".

      Paper piecing is a quilting technique in which you sew fabric directly to a paper or fabric foundation. You can find more info on that under Quilting Help and we have a nice long tutorial under Tutorials (both are in the top menu).

      We don't do Tester of the Month anymore, but we do still give prizes for making Fandom In Stitches patterns. I can be any pattern, as long as it's been posted on our website!

      Hope that helps!

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