Episode 175: The Pattern Spectrum Episode

Welcome to Episode No. 175 of the Off-Kilter Quilt Podcast (Where a Straight Line’s a State of Mind). My name is Frances, and I’m your hostess.

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The Snowflake Table Runner



The latest pot holder, unbasted and unquilted

Pot holder tutorial:


Thanks to Vivienne for the link to this interesting article about how much fabric designers make:


Heather Jones’ new book, Quilt Local:


Heather’s website: http://www.heatherjonesstudio.com/about/

My mom posted this tutorial on Facebook; I might just try it:


Kristin posted this Fat Quarter Shop binding tutorial link on the FB Twilters page:


Want to join us Twilters? Just let me know and I’ll get you signed up!

For a fun read–The Tangled Thread Awards:


Crafty Planner episode with Zak Foster:


Zak Foster website: http://www.zakfoster.com/

The book I’m reading for book group:


12 Replies to “Episode 175: The Pattern Spectrum Episode”

  1. I really like the point that you make about some people having their own quilts that are “their style” and other people make quilts that you want to make that you don’t feel bad making. I think that it is an important distinction. Who is behind the design matters. I agree with what you are saying.

    Question – is the process part of the decision?
    Yes. If it is filled with fiddly bits – I am not interested in making it. If I have to cut 4000 tiny pieces to make it – it is a huge negative. I want something that I can work on that I don’t have to cut over and over again. So, the way that it is made matters a great deal to me.

    1. I just started the Lake House by Kate Morton, which I think you mention in this episode. What a mistake! 😉 It is awesome and I can’t put it down.

  2. Still in the middle of listening to the episode but here’s just a quick comment (because I know comments are “power-ups” for you) to say the new site looks great! Now…back to listening…

  3. Listened to your podcast while in the hospital….. introduced a lot of the nursing staff to the concept of downloading of podcasts …. introduced other that quilt into the quilting podcast …. found a lot of secret quilters that are now coming out of the closet. We are now organizing a hospital wide quilt group….. should be fun.


  4. So excited about the new site!

    I hardly use patterns anymore for multiple reasons. Partly because I like the challenge of coming up with my own designs – even if I use a pattern I always change it at least a little bit – and partly because the copyright conversation has left a sour taste in my mouth. I hate the idea that I can work on a quilt for months, pouring my time and my skill and my fabric choices into it, but risk being called out because I followed someone else’s instructions for assembling blocks or because I didn’t list their name correctly on the label.

    Unfortunately I’ve seen some pattern designers act like children, accusing others of copying their designs when they are really very basic, traditional blocks. Sometimes people come up with the same idea completely independent of one another. (See “multiple discovery” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple_discovery ) If it can happen with calculus and natural selection, surely it can happen with some squares and triangles!

    I think it is nice that you put the pattern name and designer on the label, but I think it is completely unnecessary – when you make a dress or knit a sweater, is the pattern and designer’s name required to be inside? I’ve never seen anyone do that. Obviously when I document it on my blog or journal I make note of all the information I have, but I am loathe to put their name on my quilt.

    I do believe this is part of the reason for the proliferation of modern and improvisational quilting as well.

    Sorry for the grouchy rant. I hope you have a beautiful Thanksgiving whatever you decide to do!!

  5. One more thing…I like your plan for shorter, more frequent podcasts. I have more short bursts of time and fewer long sessions when I can listen. The quilt diaries are the perfect length for my drive to and from work. With longer episodes I find myself losing track of what is going on (same problem I tend to have with audio books unless I’m on a long drive) and keep having to rewind.

  6. I was driving, and laughed out loud when you told us how you broke your ruler. I can totally imagine myself doing the same thing.

    Your new site looks great. I like your simple little off kilter logo.

  7. I’m joining the ranks of commenting before listening. I love the new web site. I especially like the little bubble at the title showing the number of comments. That’s what prompted me to comment immediately. (I’ll probably listen to this episode while house cleaning later today.)

  8. Frances, I am so behind in my podcast listening. I was catching up on Star Talk Radio. The podcast with Bill Clinton and Neil deGrasse Tyson is a great listen. It reminded me of how devoted he is to science and discovery. Anyway – I can’t wait to hear you next!! While I love “professional podcasts”, ones like yours are my true favorites. I hope you had a wonderful NC style Thanksgiving.

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