Q&A with Oda May: Going Green


 Oda May is back today to answer a reader question about Printer Friendly Files.



Dear Oda May,

I am so inspired by the Moda Bake Shop! There are many, many projects I want to make. I print out the Printer Friendly file from each recipe that I want to make so I can have it on hand. The only problem is that they're really starting to pile up! Plus I'm running out of printer ink every few weeks. Any tips on organizing my printed recipes or keeping track of what I want to make without printing so much? I think I have all of 2013 printed out!

Drowning in Recipes in Denver

Dear Drowning,

I know the feeling! I also have a hard time keeping track of MBS recipes and other patterns. There are too many wonderful things I've got on that ol' mental "make some day" list. But I do have some tips to help you stay organized and get out from under that pile of papers.

1.Start a Pin Board. You can go virtual by using Pinterest to organize and save all of those projects you want to make. Be sure to follow the Moda Bake Shop board.


Do you prefer an old school pin board over a virtual one? Instead of printing out the entire recipe, just print the first page and pin it to your board. Then when you're ready to make it, you can easily find the recipe using the recipe title and Chef's name from the page you printed.

2. Go Digital. So many designers offer digital versions of their patterns these days and for good reason! It's easier to keep track of digital files. Download them to your computer or mobile device (smartphone or tablet). You can also download our Printer Friendly Files to your Kindle or other e-reader.


3. Print Sparingly. If you have to have a paper copy to work from when you're sewing, print it out just before you start instead of printing all of the projects you want to make.

Any reader tips on keeping up with all of those Moda Bake Shop projects you want to make?

Happy Sewing,



17 comments:

LearningAllTheTime said...

Hello,
your advice #2 only works if you actually HAVE/OWN these kind of devices.
I do not! (old-fashioned and as far behind as the dinosaurs, some say) and I also don't see me getting one of these things either in the near future - I can live without being permanently available- I also love to snoop around in real bookstores and buy a book,
therefore I have to print.

Dayle H Los said...

I use evernote.com and evernote web clipper. These two will save and catalog all my patterns I would normally print.

Kathy said...

That's an interesting tool. I never knew that existed! I've always copied everything to a Word document and then saved them to specifically labeled folders. Except for Moda Bake Shop website because they give us that nice pdf option and I just save those. I don't print them until I'm ready to use them.

terrieannie said...

I love Moda Bake Shop recipes! Could probably get away without quilt books at all between this source and the thousands of other online sources. That being said, I own LOTS of quilt books and many magazines, too. My tip is to keep the PDF files on my iPad in my Adobe Reader app and only print out pattern pieces, if necessary, when you get ready to create!
Teresa in Texas

Linda said...

I use the free "Print What You Like" app. It's printwhatyoulike.com and you can "Print" things as a Pdf, especially if you have "Cute PDF". Both of these are free. I have lots of folders and sub-folders of patterns I've saved that way.

Taos Sunflower said...

When I download a pattern, I print the first page only for my notebook of patterns, with a notation that the entire pattern is stored electronically in a specific file. That helps me remember what I have without having to go back and peek at each download.

Jan Dubinski said...

can someone explain to me how a person that doesn't own a computer/tablet/iphone/whatever POST here??

Heather said...

One option is to print two pages per sheet. I think Adobe Reader makes that easy. If your printer is capable of printing double sided, that will also help.

sinnemahoning said...

Under documents on my computer, I have a title called "Moda Bake Shop and I'm able to save anything I want. Also, I use plastic covers for those that I print off.

lleblanc_nd said...

I use Pinterest now. I have also copied them into a Word file. If you do that, you can delete any extra photos to save printer ink.

I love Moda Bake Shop and appreciate all of the great patterns offered on the site. I have made many of the projects and all have turned out to my liking. Thanks, Moda!

Colleen G said...

Sometimes I will pin the project to my Pinterest board but if I really want to be reminded and carry through, I use Evernote. I can send the PDF to Evernote and it will save it for me in "the cloud" as they say. I can tag it with anything that will help me remember or search for it. I can access the Evernote account from any of my devices so if I use my tablet, I don't ever have to print it out. On my phone, I can check the pattern in Evernote when I'm fabric shopping. I can add notes to the file to remind myself I need to purchase backing or batting or pick up matching thread or whatever.

Prune said...

I 'm subscribed on a french recipe site called: "Le journal des femmes" and on another one:" Marmiton"
I have with them a Book recipes on the site(carnet de recettes)on which I can put any recipe I want to remember.I have just to click on : Download on my book recipes.
These recipes are classified . It's easy to find anyone I want to cook.
Perhaps MODA BAKE SHOP can install this system on the site?

Jennifer said...

I have a netbook (a small lap top) that I download recipes and other tutorial's to. When I'm ready to make a project, I pull up the PDF and read the instructions off of the netbook. I hardly every print off things anymore. If I want to make changes to a pattern (like make it a different size) I write out what will change on a post-it note and stick it on my screen, to keep it fresh in my memory.

Lauren Barry-Schafer said...

I store all my print offs in binders. I also just cleaned out my sewing room and I tore out all the patterns that I wanted from magazines and store them in binders by categories. Then everything sits nicely on my shelves. I also put all the patterns together in page protectors. That way I know that the patterns are all together and I can see what I want to make next!

Alexis said...

Can someone please tell me the name of that fabric square with the dots? I'm dying to get it and I don't know the name of it!

meshellay said...
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meshellay said...

Alexis, that is Painter's Palette, from Lush Uptown by Erin Michaels for Moda Fabrics, of course.