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Thread: Is it just me or are some of the patterns coming are terrible

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    Senior Member Quilterfay's Avatar
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    I have signed up for many, many web sites and find that the patterns are not very nice or inventive and some of the fabric is so dark that you can't really see the pattern.

    Maybe it is a matter of taste but I would say I don't like the majority of them.

    Also how can they take an old pattern and call it theirs. Just because they use different fabric.

    I have only made quilts the same as the pattern when it was a BOM. I look at the pattern and decide what fabric I want to make it out of. Or I buy fabric and then look for a pattern to make from it. But that has backfired a few times as I don't have enough fabric.

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    There are only so many ways to arrange cut pieces and shapes. The artistic part of it lies in the colorways and where you place the values. This is how the fabric companies come up with their "designs". So yes, not much new in the way of patterns, just the way you and I and others put it together. JMT:)

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    Ok, Not sure where you are going here. If you don't like the pattern or fabric, then don't make it. There are lots of sites out there with free blocks, such as
    http://www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore.html
    Pick a block you like and get some fabric you love!

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    It is not just you. Sadly enough.... :(

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    I have to say that I didn't renew my subscription to two magazines for just that reason. The patterns have no appeal to me, what would I ever do with them or give them to, and the fabric choices, though I can certainly pick my own, really wouldn't make much difference in desire to make!

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    That's why I don't buy magazines anymore. I can find any pattern I need in my head! thanks to lots of websites that offer free block designs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scowlkat
    That's why I don't buy magazines anymore. I can find any pattern I need in my head! thanks to lots of websites that offer free block designs.
    I agree. As soon as I get a subscription, it seems like they don't have anything that I like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    There are only so many ways to arrange cut pieces and shapes. The artistic part of it lies in the colorways and where you place the values. This is how the fabric companies come up with their "designs". So yes, not much new in the way of patterns, just the way you and I and others put it together. JMT:)
    ditto

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    I find all the ideas I need right here on this board :)

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    Agreed. Worse yet are some of the instructions. I have to understand it in my head prior to undertaking. There is one that I want to do, but just can't make it happen. Even cut out construction paper to see the block sequencing and it still is not happening for me. Filed at the bottom of the someday heap, LOL

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    I agree about the darkness of some patterns I see. I went to a quilt show about ayear ago and most of the quilts, fabrics and patterns were so dreary that I left without purchasing anything. I have also let my magazine subscriptions lapse as now with the help of this board and the internet I can be kept as busy as a bee for free.

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    I haven't bought magazines for a few years now because it seems all the patterns are just re-runs of old ones in new fabric.

    It seems to me that the trends in fabrics are really changing quickly now. The big Amy Butler type prints were the big thing and now, they are passe. The 'newest' fabrics do seem to be going toward the dark and dreary. It's not something I'll go out of my way for.

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    I think many of the patterns are designed to specifically showcase a certain collection of fabric that the company is trying to sell. Often the pattern designers are not quilters so we may look at the pattern in a different way. I find sometimes the instructions have awkward or time consuming ways of putting the block together. Again I think that is the inexperience of the designer and most quilters can just go ahead and do it their way. The problem comes when a new quilter gets one of these patterns and quickly becomes frustrated.

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    I admit to flipping to the Table Of Content of the quilt magazines in Walmart. If there isn't something new I want to try, I don't buy. I find most of my inspiration right here. Keep up the beautiful quilt, runners and wallhanging examples QB members!

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    I am inspired by so many of the avatars I see on this board! This is my new resource for designs and ideas. I wish we would have each person tell about their quilt, including the pattern name and where they got the idea/directions. I love them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilterfay
    Also how can they take an old pattern and call it theirs. Just because they use different fabric.
    I'm with you on that one. I do understand that different interpretations of color, value, fabric can make the same patterns look remarkably different ... but to call it a different pattern is beyond 'artistic liberty'.

    Consider this ... If I translated Dickens "A Tale of Two Cities" into Swahili, it would look different on paper, it would sound different when read aloud, but it is STILL Dickens "A Tale of Two Cities" and should be acknowledged as such.

    Just my opinion.

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    that the reason i have my old magazine from the 80 and up it seem as if you do a quilt you want to say it your but that not true

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    My main source for new inspiring fabric is equilter.com I haven't noticed that the new fabrics are dark and unattractive. What am I missing here? All I see are beautiful combinations that I can't afford and don't have the time to make up. When I see picture that are posted of quilt shows the quilts are beautiful, not dark, not drab. I'm not sure why the problem with whatever current line the magazines are promoting is a big problem unless you really depend upon your ideas on those magazines. The quilting world is so large while the magazines are few in number. And the dark fabrics don't seem to me to be the majority. Am I just not understanding the problem?

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    I am so not into those turquoise, brown, lime and orange fabrics from the 50s and 60s. The other quilters grab em and mix em up...I just don't see the attraction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    Ok, Not sure where you are going here. If you don't like the pattern or fabric, then don't make it. There are lots of sites out there with free blocks, such as
    http://www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore.html
    Pick a block you like and get some fabric you love!

    I agree! Or create your own design and make it. That is what some of us do.

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    You are talking about issues of taste...pattern, fabric, color, whatever. Just because you don't like something doesn't make it "terrible" and it certainly doesn't mean other people don't like it. Having an open mind never hurt anyone. I don't like men in Speedos, the taste of liver, or the smell of cigars...yet other people love all those things. :lol:

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    I am usually so tempted when I see them or stores or receive subscription offers in the mail. Then I stop and think about how many subscriptions I've cancelled due to this Board and so many free patterns online. When I want to look at magazines, I just get a few from my collection in my sewing room and look at them.

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    I am one also that doesn't bother with magazine subscriptions anymore ... I use to try and subscribe to whatever I could as I love to look through them but 98% of the time I would either find one or none that I wanted to do in each issue. Unless it is a Christmas edition. I find just surfing the net I can find more that I like or just by looking at a pattern I can try and design my own that way.

    I have great success going into my local quilt shop and looking at the patterns in there and buying them with my fabric choices.

    However, to each their own ... some people like things that others dont.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjeriann
    Quote Originally Posted by scowlkat
    That's why I don't buy magazines anymore. I can find any pattern I need in my head! thanks to lots of websites that offer free block designs.
    I agree. As soon as I get a subscription, it seems like they don't have anything that I like.
    Ditto!

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    I was just talking to a quilter at Hobby Lobby and we both agree that the material they are using is too dark and dull there is no snap to them

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