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

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    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.

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    I am not sure...I like the pattern but I definitely understand what you say too. :)

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    I understand exactly what you are saying :D

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    It's a nice pattern to use up fat quarters. There are only 3 blocks in it, I believe. I haven't made one, but it's pretty easy to deconstruct the pattern from a finished quilt. Use up a bunch of fat quarters where you only need to cut a few shapes. I think that's the appeal. I'm liking the fat quarter stash busters since I have so many FQs, so I'm going to do one of these, a Turning Twenty, and one other one

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    I think the designer called it that because of the yellow and the blues she used in it. This has been a very popular pattern for beginners, because of the use of fat quarters,and the cutting meathods and piecing it together. This pattern looks fabulous no matter what colors you use. I have made many of these quilts for friends and family.

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    I totally agree.

    Years ago, when it first came out, I looked at the pattern package and, quite frankly, was totally put off by the picture on the cover. Looked really bland to me.

    I've never made one - I like piecing a bit more involved - but I've seen some really good ones. It's ALL about the fabrics.
    Here's one in Kaffe fabrics:
    This is a bit more lively than the cover picture:
    http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/733_kq8.jpg

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    I think as we get more experienced, we are able to "see" how a pattern/design is created more easily than when we are total beginners.

    It's a bit like making vegetable soup - when one is a "new cook" one follows the recipe more or less as written. After a while, one learns how to improvise.

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    The Yellow Brick Road pattern is in my top three of favorite patterns. It uses all of a fat quarter. It is an easy pattern... :-)

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    I've made one and I am working on another. Why this pattern? I make charity quilts for my church's ladies group. We have limited funds, and fabric . Often we need the quilt yesterday. So the reason I use this pattern is that you only need a handful of fat quarters and it can be made very quickly. It can be very pretty depending on what fabric you use.

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    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.

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    A friend of mine made one and appliqued a yellow brick road through the quilt and used Wizard of Oz fabrics. It was great!!!
    I like the pattern for a couple reasons. It is easy, great for a beginner. It is fast, if you need to whip up a quick quilt you can with this pattern. I like using a lot of different fabrics in a quilt and this will let you do that. You can make it using scraps if you like. I have purchased most of the patterns I have used. I was, at that time, unaware of all the "free" patterns out there. I still prefer to purchase a pattern and use it over and over again. I have taught people to quilt using this pattern and because it is a "pattern" all the instruction are there in full.
    It is good that we all have our own likes and dislikes. This would be a terribly boring world if we all liked the same things.

    And yes, it is mostly about the fabric choices

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    I haven't tried the yellow brick road pattern yet. I have made some turning 20 ones. They are fast too do.
    I love the quilt on the link that MTS posted of the Kaffe fabrics. My choice for quilting is to hand applique. I especially love sunbonnets. I just finished a qn size top of sunbonnet dutch girls for my only DGD. I need to get it quilted. If I could stay off this site for a couple of days I could probably accomplish that *L*
    Happy Stitchin' Linda B.

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    YBR was my first big quilt and so will probably remain my favorite (quilt).
    Don't know if I will be making another one just because I don't like to
    do the same thing twice. There are so many patterns out there.
    I think you pretty much answered your question...to each his own. :)

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    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.

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    easy quilt for beginners and a quick quilt to make...while not my favorite I still make one from time to time to give as a quick gift

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    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.
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    Yellow Brick Road was the first quilt I made... it's easy and quick. I made so many blocks with the fabric I had collected I ended up with two quilts! Gave one to my DFIL and one to my sis... both loved them. It gave me the confidence and a sense of accomplishment to continue quilting... Plus, I've never seen a really BAD YBR?

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    How interesting that you posted this and I'm just working on my first Yellow Brick Road! I saw one that was hanging in a quilt store and it was so pretty that I bought the pattern. It had dark blues and bright yellows, some with prints but mostly not. I'm not very good at deciphering directions, but I'm going to give it a try. And everyone's input saying how easy it is, well that is encouraging!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melody
    How interesting that you posted this and I'm just working on my first Yellow Brick Road! I saw one that was hanging in a quilt store and it was so pretty that I bought the pattern. It had dark blues and bright yellows, some with prints but mostly not. I'm not very good at deciphering directions, but I'm going to give it a try. And everyone's input saying how easy it is, well that is encouraging!
    Melody, if you'll follow the directions, you will be so pleased! In no time, you'll have a beautiful quilt!! Have fun!!

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    It is a great piece to learn on and if you need a quick quilt it is super easy to use with fat quarters from your stash. Its like your fall-back cassorole when you have unexpected guests. So it isn't gourmet, it still has a place and a purpose. My hubby wanted me to whip up a quilt for a sick SIL. I did it in one day. I figured it beats a 9 patch for looks. Has enough style to not looked tossed together but still the ease of tossing it together.

    Great little pattern. I love Atkinsons

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    "Great little pattern. I love Atkinsons"


    I love most of her patterns too!!!

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    The YBR and Turning Twenty patterns go together quickly and I do lots of charity quilts and these are great for them. Of course, when I hear YBR I think of the Wizard of Oz. Did one in Oz fabric too. Guess we all like different patterns. I just look at the picture section to see this. Easy, medium, hard, and OMgosh, how did they do that??? ROFL

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    I agree. I too have taught this class and its a wonderful, clearly written pattern for new and experienced quilters. It works for all colorations. This is one of my favorite quilt designers (could it be because she is from Minnesota?) and I love all her patterns that I have used.
    Quote Originally Posted by belmer
    I think the designer called it that because of the yellow and the blues she used in it. This has been a very popular pattern for beginners, because of the use of fat quarters,and the cutting meathods and piecing it together. This pattern looks fabulous no matter what colors you use. I have made many of these quilts for friends and family.

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    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.

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    Well, I have been taking a closer look at the pattern and wondering why did I think this was hard to understand? I'm cuting away now! Nothing easier than this!
    thanks everyone!

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