Become An Awesome Quilt Tester


In 2019,  I had a great team of testers work on my Fractured Triangles Pattern.  I felt so honored that they chose to work with me. Their feedback helped me improve several parts of the pattern.

Some (but not all) pattern designers offer the opportunity to test their upcoming patterns. We value the feedback because it helps us catch any errors BEFORE we release the pattern to the world.

We also get to see our pattern in fabric that we might not have thought of using. (See my post on Fractured Triangles for more examples).

Tina C made this awesome quilt from the Fractured Triangle Pattern!

How to Become A Quilt Tester — Video Tutorials

I’ve gotten a lot of questions recently about pattern testing:

  • How do I become a tester?
  • What’s expected?
  • Do I have to be a master quilter or can a confident beginner do this?
  • Is it a labor of love or do testers get paid?
  • Suppose I can’t complete the project–will I be able to test for anyone ever again?

If you have been wondering about quilt pattern testing, check out my video tutorial–I hope it answers many of your questions.

Here is a handout with an Action Plan — download and print while viewing the videos. Awesome Tester Notes

In the videos, I cover:

  • What Is Quilt Pattern Testing
  • What Testers Receive from Designers
  • What Testers Do & Skills Needed
  • How To Find And Choose Opportunities
  • What To Do When Life Happens

Link to Part 1 Video.

Link to Part 2 Video.


Comments welcome!

If you ever tested a pattern, feel free to share the highlights of your experience.

If you have questions, ask and I’ll do my best to answer them for you.


I am adding a few testers to my roster for upcoming 2020 projects.    If you’re interested in joining my list of testers, email me directly to introduce yourself .  Email me at  info [at]


Happy Quilting!


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4 Responses to Become An Awesome Quilt Tester

  1. piecefulwendy February 8, 2020 at 9:36 am #

    Great videos, Carole. Thanks for putting them together; I know that involves a bit of work! They are very informative and cover the topics well.

    • Carole Lyles Shaw February 8, 2020 at 10:49 am #

      Thanks so much! I’m having fun editing–I love ‘real’ movies and this is the next best thing to being a movie director.

  2. Lisa R March 10, 2020 at 5:32 pm #

    I’m finally getting around to listening to this video. LOVE IT!

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