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Thread: What is the appea of Yellow Brick Road pattern?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bizybess
    I'm in the group that never cared for Yellow Brick Road or Turning Twenty patterns. I have seen some I like better than others but I believe it is all about the fabric choices.
    I agree with this. I have made 2 ybr and don't care for either one. They are just sitting on the what was I thinking pile.

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    I made a yellow and blue Yellow Brick Road and then I wondered why? I have never liked the one I did. I guess that I like a more organized pattern and something more defined. I don't think I would ever make another one. I know this has been an extremely popular pattern and it would be a great beginner project. It does make up fast and that's what a beginner needs. So it does have it's place among quilter's for being a fast, easy quilt to do.

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    Newer quilters often need a pattern. We all don't start as intermediate sewers. I don't see anything wrong with buying a pattern--even if it is for an easier design.

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    I don't consider myself an expert not by a long shot (only been quilting for 5 years.) And usually I prefer the triangles and flying geese blocks... nice and orderly, tidy looking. But I rarely follow a pattern for the overall quilt. I make up my own layouts. I can design on paper then follow my own ideas. But following someone else's directions, throws me for a loop. So this is a good learning experience for me.

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    The pattern is easy and quick. Fabric choices make a difference. Terri Atkinson's patterns and books are fun. Her site is: www.atkinsondesigns.com.
    Hope you find something fun for you! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaurieE
    I've been quilting since 1973 and I have a ton of patterns ranging from super easy to challenging. I've made 2 quilts with this pattern one of which was flannel. I was amazed at how different each one looked.

    What I like about this pattern is there is minimal cutting, no templates, it uses a handful of fat quarters, and the top can be made in a weekend. It's an excellent pattern for a beginner with minimal investment in fabric or time.

    I can't say this pattern makes an awe-inspiring quilt because it doesn't. But it does make a fantastic utility quilt. It's definitely a pattern that you either like (note I didn't say love) or you don't.

    It's like the pattern Strip Search. That is a super simple pattern where you could make the same statement. I have seen several of these quilts in various colorways and each one looks better than the one before it.
    photo: http://www.gequiltdesigns.com/images...rip_Search.jpg

    I have found in my many years of quilt making, that some patterns will speak to you and you will want to make them while others will not.
    Thank you all for an education. But I really think you've explained it best. I really like this pattern that you've posted called strip search, and can see how the fabric would really make the difference. It also made me realize what I don't really care about the YBR...it is kind of random where this pattern is repetitive. I guess i just gravitate toward a more structured pattern. And I can definitely see by all the Board's comments that it can be beneficial for beginners to have a pattern so the quilting process doesn't become overwhelming and discouraging. Thank you all for your input.

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    I purchased this pattern with a gift certificate. I just made the quilt and it is waiting to be quilted. Am I happy with it?? It is okay, but not one of my favorites.

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    Probably for the same reason as this:
    I was in town about a week ago, I saw a class being offered that has free patterns all over the net. Would I pay $50? Not in your wildest dreams, but there were 4 people signed up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwanma
    It also made me realize what I don't really care about the YBR...it is kind of random where this pattern is repetitive.
    I know exactly what you mean about random. I have a hard time just picking up a piece of fabric and sewing it to another without any thought of coordination. But there are times when I find randomness to be a rather freeing experience. Kind of reminds me that not everything in life is planned.

    I'm glad you like Strip Search. I'm making one now in batiks called Bali Sangria. When I get some of it done, I'll post a photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwanma
    Just curious. I have been reading about the Yellow Brick Road pattern that people say is easy but needs to be purchased. I looked up some pictures and honestly don't understand why anyone would buy this pattern. There are so many great patterns that can be created without the need of a purchased "pattern". Maybe someone out there can explain to me what I am not seeing. I thought by the name that there would be a yellow path somehow meandering throughout the quilt...that sounded appealing to me but I don't see that somehow in any of the pictures I've viewed. ??? Now I know that "to each his own" but I was just wondering if I am missing something.
    I agree with you, there are too many really fantastic quilt patterns out there for me to spend my time on that one. My sister made it, so far her first and only quilt. It is an easy pattern for beginners, but there are lots of easy patterns that I prefer over it.

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    Delightful quilt, Raggie Mom

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    Quote Originally Posted by suezquilts
    Any of Terri's patterns are well written, meaning you will cut and use exactly what you need. Also she help you to use the fabric in a practical way, so little waste.
    You never can go wrong with an Atkinson pattern.
    Totally agree with you, when I first started quilting this was the first big quilt I made, I have made several since, I love it for showing off the pattern and design of the fabrics, here is one I made using "Froggy" fabrics for a friend who was Froggy mad :-P to me it was the perfect pattern for it.


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    I made the yellow brick road pattern for a quilt that I gave one of my grandsons this past Christmas. I didn't purchase the pattern/ I somehow managed to find one on line. It's three diffeent squares that you put together and just turn the squares so that no lines match up. I used up a lot of my scraps and stash in them which was great. It's just all in what you like I guess. Actually, I found it to be a lot of work.

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    It is a quick and easy pattern, and you can use fat quarters. It's especially great for beginners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raggiemom
    I loved the Yellow Brick Road pattern. I used all yellow fat quarters to make a quilt for my parents for Christmas. It goes together easily and quickly.
    I love this I think it is beautiful. However, I am partial to yellow. Did you purchase the pattern or do you have a site where we can get the pattern for free.

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    In My quilt group..we had alot of beginners at one time, i picked out this pattern for them to learn to follow the directions and cutting,piecing.
    the diag. in the pattern shows how your FQ is laid out in front of you,and the cuts needed,and where to make them. i think it is an excellent quilt for beginners.
    it can be cheap to make, when FQ's go on sale..
    and you can't afford to buy any yardage.
    i have seen some really pretty ones!
    mybe it is time for a yellow brick road picture show!

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    Beginner quilers need easy patterns to learn the process. Once you know how a blocks goes together, it can be easy to do a block without buying a pattern.

    BUT you have to make a lot of different quilt blocks to determine how the block is constructed. Once you determine that, some quilts may not require you buying the pattern.

    Have to admit I look at lots of pic of finished quilts on varioius web sites, save the pics because I like them, want to make them someday, and have figured out the block.

    Down size? Always buy way too much fabric.

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    YBR was the first "big" quilt I made, last year. I used mostly batiks, small foral pattern fabrics, batik pattern with flip flops on it. Very girly and just plain fun for a 9 year old. No batting used, only lime Minky on the back. It was light weight, cuddly and my DGD used it as a cape in some of her more dramatic moments as a princess. I was so happy with the results. I was a beginner and using YBR gave me confidence.
    I also used the pattern AGAIN in flannels for a woodsy/camping theme for one of my grandsons. It came out wonderful. I see the more varied patterns used, and giving the quilt a theme can make any easy pattern very interesting...almost entertaining, no matter how simple the blocks are.

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    Im one who doesnt care for Brick roads or turning twenties. I would hate to waste fabric on them. To me they are very un appealing. I can see for quick projects for charities or maybe baby quilts in bright colors. But we all have different tastes. Im glad we do. More patterns that way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raggiemom
    I loved the Yellow Brick Road pattern. I used all yellow fat quarters to make a quilt for my parents for Christmas. It goes together easily and quickly.
    This quilt is so gentle and welcoming. Great!

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    I have made this at least 4 times, my favorite is mine in Christmas fabrics.
    I have it done in all neutrals and used as the background for applique, that one was stunning! It can be a very effective quilt usning 1930's or other collections such as Kaffe Fassett.

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    The reason I bought it was that I was new to quilting and thought I could do it. Really I bought it for my daughter to do it. We are working on it with the HAPPY line of fabric.
    At teh time I did not know of the freebies on the internet.

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    I felt the same way about turning twenty. If you have design software, or can use graph paper and a ruler, you can draw squares, rectangles, add your quarter inch all the way around, you can do your own quilt pattern. D in TX

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    I bought one and made one and do not like it one bit. In the end you have to sit there and figure out where each block goes and it takes forever. No pattern help there. I am not planning on using it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladyjanedoe
    Newer quilters often need a pattern. We all don't start as intermediate sewers. I don't see anything wrong with buying a pattern--even if it is for an easier design.
    I have sewn for years and still need a pattern with very easy instructions due to a condition known as dyscalcula, like dyslexia except this is concerning numbers. I can not do simple math.It makes me crazy sometimes to even begin to cut out fabric,and that is why I always buy extra. I had to take basic math and then algebra 101 3 times and that was with a paid tutor! But you know as they say, Never give up. Have been a Nurse for 25 years and in critical care for 10 or so. (And yes I ALLWAYS have someone else check my doseage calculations lol)

    I just don't know why people are so critical, it really bothers me, obviously this is a very successful pattern , lots of folks love it:)

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