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Thread: Who is your favorite pattern designer? Any why?

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    Since I asked the question, I get to answer first.
    I really like Robert Callaham. His patterns are often in McCall's Quilting magazine. You get two or three blocks per issue until the project is done which will take about a year. I have made several of his designs and always get compliments (as well as a few ribbons). I prefer applique which he uses alot and mixes it well with piecing. His borders are different as they are usually pieced also.
    Has anyone out there done any of his Grandma Album quilts? I think there were three. Which one(s)?
    How's about you? Who do you like?
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    I think my favorite 2 designers are Joanna Figuero of Fig Tree Quilts, and Kim Diehl. They both do beautiful work, wonderful combinations of traditional quilts and applique.

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    I'm not being ugly, But I've yet to find a designer that I really like, But there are some teachers I really like.

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    Suz, hi, I'm one of the new kids on the block, but just saw you mention Robert Callaham. Just this week I borrowed issues of McCalls from a dear friend that had the Grandma II patterns from 1999. I fell in love with his designs and I love all the applique. Due to money constraints, I am going to do mine with a rather scrappy look, because I have a zillion fat quarters. Have you done any of his and if so which ones? I want a copy of the patterns for the first Grandma's I, but my friend didn't have them. She does have the Serenade ones and that will be my next project if I can do the Grandma II.
    If you h ave made one of his, how did it turn out?

    How odd that I just found him this week.... Janie

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    Well, now that one interesting question. I never thought about who designed quilt patterns.


    I am more of a traditionalist. I like the old and simple designs. I don't think I will be making "fancy" design quilts. Something easy to do.

    I didn't start making quilts until 2000 and then it was an idea to use up a lot of fabric I had collected. As a dressmaker, I had saved a lot of different fabrics, I sorted and gave to a Senior Center all the dress fabrics and types not useful in quilting. I ecided to save the "useful" fabric and started making 9 patch blocks. Prior to that I had made 2 quilted bedspreads, not really thinking of them as quilts.

    BY THE WAY..... What makes a quilt a quilt? What is the real definition of a quilt? Is anything we make that has quilting on it, a quilt? Or is a quilt something we sleep under or make to keep others warm?

    I tend to think a quilt is a large bedsize "blanket" or "cover" for use in keeping the body heat in and sleeping in comfort.


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    Sorry you had to go to so much trouble for your answer.

    I was merely interested in what others considered to be quilts. I am sorry if I ruffled your feathers.

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    I met a designer in the past few years, who I admire greatly. Edyta Sitar is a local Michigan artisan who designs some lovely pieces that we occasionaly have hanging in the shop.

    http://www.laundrybasketquilts.com/

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    One of my favorite designers is John Serrao, an amazing and creative artist. I bet he's created 1000 patterns, maybe more! I also love Elizabeth Root's designs, and patterns by Vicky Fleming.

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    Janie,

    Yes, I have done Grandma's County Album II and mine too is a scrappy quilt. All of my backgrounds are different. I have also done the centers of two others of his designs. One is "Wilson Canyon Thistle Rose" from 2003. The other is like a "Tree of Life" with identical long-tailed birds. Robert has a design called "tree of life", but the one I did is different. I probably did it in 2001.

    When I start a scrappy, I pull everything that I think will go into the project. Could be 40-50 fabrics. I use Xerox box lids. Everything used then comes from this stash. Just stack your fabrics up and then back off looking for anything that does not seem to fit. Don't attempt to be too "matchy-matchy". If something looks good for a particular block, just go for it. Remember the pieces are pretty small. Nothing is put back on the shelves until the entire project is done. -- This could take a year.

    I am particularly pleased with the outside border. It has 196 flying geese in it. Whew!!! but they look great.

    One more thing. I know I have seen this advertised in the past year, but could not find same in the issues of McCall's that I checked. Keep an eye out for an advertisement in McCall"s wherein you can buy a complete pattern for any of his designs instead of finding all of the back issues for a particular project.

    Good luck and feel free to contact me with any questions or comments on GMCAII. Suzanne


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    Patrice, I'm glad you cleared that up, it irritates me to no end when people say oh you make blankets? It's the same when I make homemade yeast rolls and they call them biscuits. LOL

    kathy

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    My favorite would be the old quilt patterns. I love the names they were given. There is no end to the squares and triangle designs,and the colors and patterns are endless. I have only been quilting a year ,so, I don't know what I'll like next year; but For now I say all the ancestor grandmothers are my favorite designers.

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    I agree with Ruth. If it weren't for all of our quilting ancestors, we would not have this terrific hobby, or in my case, a passion, today. I love traditional patterns and fabrics. I want to get the hang of watercolor quilting and other delights, but, alas, I am stuck in the past.

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    Suz,
    I will take you up on your offer to check in with you when I get rolling on the Grandma II quilt, I am definitely working on the crazy quilt this year and I just got this pattern as I said last week, I am extremely anxious to do it, so maybe working on two different quilts this year instead of just one....tell me more about the tree of life one, I am interested....

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    Not a single ruffled feather anywhere. I was actually checking the dictionaries to make sure I had the definition correct in my own mind. I was just too lazy to summarize and retype, so I copied it from the definition page and pasted it into my post.
    You're much too nice to ever ruffle my feathers. :mrgreen:

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    Janie,

    I will have to check back issues of McCall's to find the "tree of life" one. I cannot do it until after the end of the month. I will be going to Philly on Friday to stay with my daughter for about 10 days. Her husband died recently and is having a difficult time but will look it up once I return. And I will also attempt to take a digital photo and post same.
    Suz

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    Suz,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your son in law...I hope all goes well on your trip...
    As for the pattern for the tree of life, It is just and "I Want" and can wait till it is conveinent for you. As I spend more time here, I know there will be more things that come up that I have to share, just don't know what they are yet. Safe traveling to you and God speed. Janie

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    I don't really have a favorite pattern designer but I do like some of Robyn Pandolph patterns. I love her fabric. Also I would love to find a discontinued pattern of Robyn Pandolph, it is called Bible Stories. I have found several patterns of bible stories but I can't find the one from Robyn Pandolph. It is descontinued so I guess I will have to get it from someone who will share it with me. I have talked to the designer and she has no idea where I can find a copy. If someone can help it would be greatly appreaciated. Please help me, I love that pattern.

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    I guess I don't really have a favorite designer. I always like the last one I've been introduced to best. :wink: and then I meet another I like even better!

    I will say that I always come back to the traditional quilts. They have to be my very, very favoritest! (is that a word?) :-) After all they have withstood the test of time, haven't they?

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    To find used and out-of-print books, I always go to Amazon.com. You can type in the author's name and then all of the books by this author will appear. Amazon will be selling some, but they also list a lot of other shops who will have it.

    Good luck. Suz

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    thanks for your suggestion.

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    Janie,

    The TRee of Life is in the April 2002 McCall's Quilting magazine. The project title is "Spring Rhapsody". It is almost a Round Robin as it has nine borders (two are pieced) and then the binding. Hope you are able to locate a copy of this issue.

    Suzanne

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    hey Suz:
    Thank you. I will now know what to specifically look for and I have a friend that has back issues since the first issue. I need to call in a favor and see if she has this one. Thank you so much...

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    I posted one from mccalls in links and resources, see if that is the one everyone is hunting

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    A quilt is something you make to keep someone you love warm. And I suppose by that definition, a sweater is also a quilt!

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