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Thread: Taste change in quilting since you started?

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    Personally I am finding that my preferences in quilt patterns have changed. When I started I for some reason was not drawn to the traditional, such as Dresden Plate, nine patch..etc. Now I am finding I am drawn to the traditional old look patterns. Not sure if they scared me, but after quilting for awhile, my confidence in my abilities has improved. I am willing to try a Dresden plate quilt, done in the vintage type fabric. Funny, eh? Anyone feel the same way or maybe even in reverse.

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    Definitely. I have done a pendulum swing with patterns, fabrics, you name it.
    I guess we just keep evolving with our art :D
    Actually, I'm doing the reverse from you. Since I joined this forum I'm finding all kinds of new patterns and ideas. I used to be strictly traditional with my patterns but it's really fun to try new things.
    I love this forum!! :D

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    I'm almost in reverse. I have grown to appreciate the art quilts and the more modern styles and fabrics. To me this is such a fluid art form. There is room for all styles and fabrics. To put it simple I love quilts!:)

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    I started with the log cabin first a cot size then a queen size, but watching this forum and all the wonderful quilts on it inspires me to try other things I am making a 10 minute patch quilt fot my daughter and her hubby he love fish and has a house full so it is fish themed with the centre patches, did all the square tonight hope to put it all together tomorrow night, to busy tomorrow and the power is going of for 8 hours while they do repairs somewhere, so no sewing during the day, that reminds me I had better fill all our water jugs as no power no water as we are on rain water tanks and have punps to bring the water in the house,

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    I like 'em all!!! (Patterns that is.) Actually I've found that what is changing is my choice in colors.

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    My preference pendulum swings constantly. One minute I Am loving the traditional... then .. art quilts. It just never seems to stop swinging. I guess thats why I am addicted.
    Looking at my first quilts .. it was my inexperince with color that just seems to shout at me. They were dull.. and I was chicken.....about color...but there was not the selection there is now.

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    When I started quilting it was all about calicoes and florals. It was hard to find any fabric print that didn't have a flower of some sort on it. I seldom buy floral fabric now. I love batiks and tone on tone fabric used in traditional quilt patterns.

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    I love them all!

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    The only real change I can see is that I love the pink/green/blue/yellow fabrics. Years ago, I used the lighter shades, today I use the darker shades. And I have more confidence to do things like Dresden Plate, Lone Star, Cathedral Window. I would have never tried them before. But I must say, the confidence was helped tremendously from all the help and tuts on this board. I am so glad I found this.

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    You know, now that you mentioned it, I did the exact same thing. Love those traditional quilts!

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    I keep being drawn to applique quilts of all sorts-first quilts were pretty standard piecing to get confidence, then discovered applique and now 4 out of 5 quilts are appliqued. I want to do double wedding ring when I get the nerve, and still want to learn to do art quilts and foundation piecing (for some reason, I am afraid to try even though everyone says it is so easy!) I am going to do a cute Sunbonnet Sue sampler next-got the pattern and can't wait to start! The book is "Sunbonnet Sue All through the Year" by Sue Linker-a MUST for "Sue" lovers!!!

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    I love the traditional patterns which are easy to follow and so tried and true, I like to make my own variation on some as there is so much room for combinations of various traditional blocks sky would be the limit. I am an old biddy I quess that is why the older styles appeal to me more I guess.

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    What drew me to quilting to start with were the older more traditional quilts but I have come to appreciate all kinds of quilting and I would do more of each if there were more hours in a day. Color choices have grown also. Didn't like oranges and reds but now use them with other colors for a cheerful look. I think there can be a constant evolving with quilting. I love quilts!

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    I've discovered that I am drawn more to the sharp contrasts now.
    Used to be I liked the more muted colors, but now they don't interest me that much.
    I did this by "Copying" and "Pasting" the quilts I thought prettiest, went through them to weed out the ones I would never get around to making and found the ones left were dark and light. Strong contrasts are what I want now. Next year, who knows?

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    Definitely, I love the Bargello quilts and the spiral quilts with strip piecing.

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    Absolutely. My tastes in fabrics have changed a lot. Used to like muted country colors in calico. When I first saw batiks I thought they were overstated and gaudy. Now batiks are my favorites and I love working with them. I am really getting smitten with Oriental and Asian prints. Never liked metallics before, love a touch of metallic on fabric now.

    I still like traditional patterns but I like to try more complex designs like NY Beauty or Mariners Compass. Love to do an old timey pattern updated with new vibrant fabrics. I still like an old fashioned scrappy quilt and I still love old traditional blocks but some of them can be very challenging and those are the ones I like to try.

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    I have kind of always switched around..I guess I have liked everything...but I have to say about 5 years ago I couldn't get into KAffe Fabrics...now I LOVE Them....so my tastes haev changed...love all the modern big prints and COLORS!

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    I flip and flop all over the place LOL I find it is usually the colors used in a quilt that draws me to a pattern more than the pattern style itself. Or the way colors are used for shading the blocks a specific way. :D:D:D

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    My choice in fabrics has changed. I still like the traditional patterns.

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    I have been quilting for over 25 years, fashions and styles change and my tastes do too! Used to be super traditional, then needed to take a break from quilting when too much other stuff was going on in my life. When I started again- a baby quilt for my first grandchild- it amazed how much things had changed! It has been a lot of fun learning new techniques and working with some many different fabrics - I love the way quilting keeps evolving!

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    I'd like to say it's the same but the truth is, I look at patterns I've saved from magazines years ago and think 'what the heck did I save that for??' and it makes me wonder what others I should have saved instead. Even so, I'm planning to rip out the patterns I like from magazines rather than keeping the whole magazine anymore. Because I'm just about out of room.

    One thing though-back then I bought all the country colors because that's what was in magazines the most and then I realized I like brights. So I need to use up all those older fabrics in gift quilts for people who do still like those colors.

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    When I first started quilting I didn't particulary care for batiks. Now I love them.

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    I started with a wall hanging that I adopted from a full size quilt pattern. Then I created my own patterns, quilts and wall hangings.

    Now I'm into following patterns already out there and getting excited about our LA coming soon to do the quilting as well as the piecing.

    Still not into applique work. Maybe some day.

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    I now like fast quilts, not much patience as when I was younger, also years pass so fast and my fabrics keep growing, I just want to make lots of quilts so I can use my fabrics.

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    I love looking at the traditional quilt patterns but can't stand doing them. I get bored real quick and could never make 30-40 blocks that were all the same. I would never have finished one quilt. I like bright bold colors, and now that I have found the one block wonders, wow, doors have opened!!! But I love looking at all quilts and each one is unique in its own way!!

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