Meet Red Crinoline Quilts AND their new book – 2 videos ahead! 📹

Reproduction-fabric collectors and antique-quilt lovers, the much-anticipated follow-up to Tributes and Treasures is here!

Step Back in Time

Enjoy an all-new, jaw-dropping collection of patterns from the talented design team behind Red Crinoline Quilts. In Step Back in Time, you’ll learn streamlined techniques for creating 13 of their vintage-inspired designs.

From Step Back in Time

Each quilt is paired with a fascinating true story from the 1800s, while more than 70 beautiful photos capture the style and sentiment of this unique time in American quilting history.

We’re thrilled that Paula Barnes (on the right in the video) and Mary Ellen Robison (on the left) recorded two videos for us, to introduce their new book to YOU! Get ready for project reveals and some fun stories about the quilts they designed for Step Back in Time.


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In this next video, you’ll learn how Paula and Mary Ellen met and how Red Crinoline Quilts came to be. It’s a great story—we think destiny played a part in their pairing!


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Here’s an excerpt from Step Back in Time that shares the introduction to the Potato Chip Stars quilt, which Paula and Mary talk about in the video above.

Potato Chip Stars
Potato Chip Stars

George Crum“While recipes for potato chips appeared in cookbooks prior to the 1850s, the legend of George Crum, Kate Wicks, and their invention of the potato chip is probably the most interesting. Born in 1824, George was an American chef who honed his culinary skills at Cary Moon’s Lake House on Saratoga Lake in upstate New York. Moon’s Lake House was an expensive restaurant that catered to the wealthy families from Manhattan that vacationed at their “camps” on the lake.

Kate Wicks was George’s sister, and they worked side by side in the kitchen. The story goes that she dropped a thin slice of potato into the pan of fat, fished it out, and set it aside. George tasted it, liked it, and said, “We’ll have plenty of these.” This was the invention of “Saratoga Chips.”

Potato Chip Stars closeupOne night, a dinner guest returned his French fries to the kitchen because he felt they were too thick. George decided to annoy the customer by serving him a much thinner fry that he overcooked and salted. To his surprise, the guest was ecstatic over the browned, paper-thin potatoes, and the potato chip was born.

In 1860, George opened his own restaurant, called Crum’s, in Malta, New York. It’s said he served a basket of chips at every table. In 1932, Herman Lay founded Lay’s, and his potato chips became the first successfully marketed national brand.

Paula calls the 4″ block used in this quilt her “potato chip block” because they’re like potato chips—you can’t stop after just one!”


Step Back in TimeWould YOU like to win a copy of Step Back in Time? Because we would love to give a copy to one lucky winner today! To enter our random drawing, tell us in the comments:

Which typically first inspires you when starting a quilt: the pattern or the fabric?

We’ll choose one winner a week from today and let you know by email if you win—good luck! And if you’re ready to dive in to those “potato chips” 😄 with Paula and Mary Ellen, you can purchase Step Back in Time on our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Janice, who says:

“I usually start with a pattern and then go shopping or stash digging for fabrics to use.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Janice—congratulations!


376 Comments

  • I am usually inspired by the pattern first, then I find fabric for it.

    —Sandy Allen on January 16, 2019
  • I am usually inspired by the pattern but the fabric motivates me to try a new pattern. I love Civil War reproduction fabric and patterns!

    —Viva Vaden on January 16, 2019
  • the pattern calls me first

    Karen on January 16, 2019
  • Probably a little of both. I love reproduction fabrics and classic quilt patterns. The mix is eye candy to me. This book looks wonderful.

    —Sheri Bennett on January 16, 2019
  • Usually its the fabric first, but occasionally I see a pattern that just has to be done and get it first.

    —Lisa on January 16, 2019
  • I am usually attracted by the pattern or design, first, then select the fabrics and colors.

    —Kresti Lyddon on January 16, 2019
  • Usually, I am inspired by the pattern, but sometimes a fabric just hits me and I have to have it. Then I have to find the perfect pattern.

    —Janet on January 16, 2019
  • I’m always inspired by the pattern first! Would love to win this book and use my scrappy scraps !

    —Lorri on January 16, 2019
  • I am inspired by the pattern, but it is an extra bonus if the pattern is shown is colors that I love. Reproduction fabrics are my favorite.

    —Darliss Peabody on January 16, 2019
  • It’s usually the fabric that just cries out for a pattern but sometimes the pattern just directs me to the fabric. This book is gorgeous and I feel this will become part of my working library!

    —Celene on January 16, 2019
  • I choose my quilts by pattern. I love the older traditional blocks ie: log cabin, churn dash, 9 patch etc.

    —Lenore worden on January 16, 2019
  • I am usually inspired by the pattern first. It could be "can I make that" or "how will it look in other colours" or "I can make that a different size". Quilting is such fun!

    —Vicky on January 16, 2019
  • Sometimes it’s both!

    —Lena T on January 16, 2019
  • I am always inspired by the pattern first, fabric choice will follow. Love reading the story and watching the video ( history channel watcher 😉

    Pat Urbeck on January 16, 2019
  • I am inspired by both. Sometimes I see a pattern I like first. BUT there are also times I see fabric I love and then find a pattern to go with it.

    —Jan McElyea on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern is usually the inspiration, but sometimes a fabric just inspires
    the pattern.

    —Kay on January 16, 2019
  • In general, I get inspired by a pattern as I have a really hard time cutting into fabrics that I collect! I’d much rather find a pattern that talks to me rather than cut into that piece of fabric that talked to me! Sometimes, it happens at the same time, which is THE BEST outcome!

    —Robin Gabriel on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern always inspires me first !

    —Glenda Hyde on January 16, 2019
  • I’ve had both situations, but usually a pattern appeals to me to make a quilt. Most recently, though, a hot-pink pineapple in a fabric with brown leaves made me think about scales on the skin of reptiles ~ which prompted me to design a triceratops quilt for my grand-daughter… which then seemed to encourage me to work on designs for a dragon and other mythical creatures!

    —Martha O. on January 16, 2019
  • I find my inspiration in the pattern first.

    —Anne L. Rightler on January 16, 2019
  • That is a tough one! Usually the pattern inspires me first, but sometimes it’s the fabric!

    —Shari Kersey on January 16, 2019
  • This is an interesting question! I realize that I most often start with the fabric first.

    —Pat on January 16, 2019
  • I would love to win a copy. I usually start a quilt after I see s pattern or picture. Then I choose the fabrics.

    —Pat Knight on January 16, 2019
  • Usually I will find a pattern inspired me first and then look for fabrics I think will work.

    —Jessica Woods on January 16, 2019
  • Back in the day I first started quilting, fabrics were not as inspiration as today’s fabrics. So the pattern was my goal to a quilt, color, and finally the fabric.

    —carol on January 16, 2019
  • Inspiration is from a pattern closely followed by the fabric.
    And this book has loads of inspiration. Can’t wait to get it.!!

    —Barb Dwyer on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern inspires me first ! Love the story about the potato chips ! Thank you for sharing !

    —Glenda Hyde on January 16, 2019
  • I would love to win a copy. I usually start a quilt after I see s pattern or picture. Then I choose the fabrics.
    It says I’ve already submitted this!

    —Pat Knight on January 16, 2019
  • I almost always start from a pattern. Then I choose fabrics from my stash if possible.

    —Louise on January 16, 2019
  • Pattern first usually. Love the old patterns best.

    —stitching mom on January 16, 2019
  • Fabric always inspires me first. Then I look for a pattern to fit!

    —Susan E Torrington on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern usually inspires me but sometimes that is because of the fabric they used. I have a hard time looking at fabric and thinking of a project. I usually pick the pattern and then shop for the fabric to make it.

    —Nancy B on January 16, 2019
  • Oh it is definately the pattern. Then comes the fun of going through my stash to find the right fabric. Of course, I can find maybe 2 or 3 pieces of fabrics there but have to go shopping for the 4th & 5th piece of fabric.

    —Judy on January 16, 2019
  • Which typically first inspires you when starting a quilt: the pattern or the fabric? What a hard question! I would say the pattern first but as all quilters know when you see a fabric you love you buy it without knowing what you may use it for then you start looking for the pattern.

    Leslie Kennedy on January 16, 2019
  • I am usually inspired by the pattern first, but some fabrics may grab my attention.

    —Dottie MACOMBER on January 16, 2019
  • Usually the pattern, but sometimes fabric calls out to me first!

    —Judy Patrick on January 16, 2019
  • In truth, it’s both. With scrap quilts, it has to be the pattern. But sometimes there’s a print, or a collection of prints, where I own the fabrics and go looking for the perfect pattern to show them off!

    —Marilyn Rose on January 16, 2019
  • I am usually inspired by the fabric and try to choose patterns that will bring out the best qualities of the fabric. If I start with a pattern, I get lost in too many good choices and never make a decision.

    —Stacey on January 16, 2019
  • I start with a pattern. I love that potato chip quilt, just because of the name and story. But I don’t use reproduction fabrics. I would make it in lively colors.

    —Barb I. on January 16, 2019
  • Usually it is the pattern that inspires me first but sometimes the fabric just speaks to me at the "get go". Sometimes there is a perfect marriage of pattern and fabric that just jump out at you and say "please make me".

    —Ann West on January 16, 2019
  • I love exploring quilt pattern books. I’ll even buy one for one pattern. Once I call for a pattern, I hung through my stash. So, I’d say the patterns inspire me.

    —Darla zimmer on January 16, 2019
  • I’m generally inspired by the pattern and then I begin pulling fabric from my stash for the pattern. On occasion I have bought fabric and then found the pattern but usually it works the other way. Lovely book!

    —Ellie Lively on January 16, 2019
  • I think the fabric draws me in but then I stand back and dissect the patten. I like to see if it will work with fabrics i have in my stash. I love this book.

    —Rita S on January 16, 2019
  • My answer is both. I have to admit that I am influenced by the finished quilts I see. I do buy fabric that I love and then search for the best pattern to use it to advantage. And I will fall in love with a pattern or block and then hunt for the best fabric choice to make it.

    —Maria L Zook on January 16, 2019
  • Color, fabric, the vision in side my head, then I begin to play with patterns until I get the perfect match between recipient vision , idiom, color and pattern

    —Pat Dubus on January 16, 2019
  • I would say I’m inspired usually by the pattern but a piece of fabric can do the trick, too.

    —Bev on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern inspires me first!

    —Pauline Simpson on January 16, 2019
  • Most of the time it is the pattern. Occasionally a fabric will just jump into my arms off a shelf and then I figure which paypttern will work.

    —Judi R on January 16, 2019
  • Absolutely the FABRIC.

    —Becky DuBose on January 16, 2019
  • I do it both ways. Sometimes I start with the pattern and sometimes I have a fabric I love and search for a pattern that will bring the fabric to life.

    —Mary Beth McKelvey on January 16, 2019
  • The fabric choice has a lot to do with the pattern standing out to me, but I do like trying new patterns and will choose my own fabrics to go with a pattern. My favorite quilts are scrap quilts. This book looks very interesting and I love civil war fabrics and other reproductions.

    —Peggy on January 16, 2019
  • I always look at a pattern first and look at what the designer has used. And I also try to use what I have on hand. I will get new fabric to add to what I have on hand if needed.

    —Angela Bowling on January 16, 2019
  • If I see a fabric I love, I will find or create a pattern to use. Usually, though, I get inspired by a pattern and search for the fabric to use.

    —Kay P on January 16, 2019
  • I find the fabric a pattern is done in makes it stand out for me. I may change the color scheme and do like trying new designs. This book looks very interesting and I love scrappy quilts and civil war and reproduction fabrics.

    —Peggy on January 16, 2019
  • I depends on what I fall in love with first. If I see a pattern I want to make then search for the fabric…If I see fabric I love, then search for a pattern to show it off. Pictures of quilts really help to make these decisions.

    —Jenny on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern usually calls me first!

    —Jane on January 16, 2019
  • I usually fall in love with the fabric first and then search for a pattern.

    —jo on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern inspires me and then I search for fabrics. I’d love to win this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Frances on January 16, 2019
  • That’s a hard one. Usually it’s the pattern, but sometimes it’s the fabric.

    —Sharon on January 16, 2019
  • Sometimes I am inspired by the pattern and other times the fabric. But so often a fabric is irresistible just like the "potato chip" blocks.

    —Barbara on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern has to grab me first! Then I start looking for fabrics. I absolutely love scrap quilts and love the look of this book! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    —Ruth on January 16, 2019
  • I usually go by the pattern.

    —Kathy A on January 16, 2019
  • This is a tough question. Often times it is the quilt pattern that inspires me but sometimes it is just beautiful fabric that I want to find something to make with it that starts me on the path to a new quilt.

    —Loris Mills on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern speaks to me first and the fabric adds the extra zip.

    —Jean N on January 16, 2019
  • Both! I frequently shop for fabric in bundles…like fat quarters, or other pre-cuts. Then I search through my patterns to find one that I think will work with my purchase. However, I often find a pattern that I fall in love with. Then I am busy finding the perfect fabrics for it.

    —Carol on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern.

    —Carolyn on January 16, 2019
  • I am inspired by the pattern first. Then is fun and challenging to find just the right fabric to fit my image of how the pattern will turn out.

    —Lynda Cogburn on January 16, 2019
  • Which inspires me first? Sometimes fabric, sometimes a pattern. Large-scale, chintz-like fabric, or a border print with a large design always gets me going. But a pattern from an antique quilt often gets my attention.

    —Terry on January 16, 2019
  • My inspiration usually comes from the fabric first, as I’m drawn in by the colors and designs of the fabric.

    —VFitz on January 16, 2019
  • I am always inspired by the pattern first! When a pattern tugs at my heartstrings ( like the Potato Chip Quilt did) then I begin the fabric search! I have made all my quilts this way so far and I love the memories and stories attached to each one! This book looks wonderful!

    —Jenny Lawson on January 16, 2019
  • I usually am inspired by the pattern first.

    —Cindy Fraher on January 16, 2019
  • Nostalgia is what draws me to a quilt. Seeing a reproduction
    quilt or pattern draws me in. Suddenly, I’m in 1850
    sitting by the fire making little stitches. I have a Basket next to
    me filled with tiny scraps. Some are from torn dresses,
    Overalls that were worn thin and what’s left of my
    husband’s army uniform. Each piece takes me back in time
    with loving, often sad memories. Those memories are stitched
    forever in my quilt.
    Mary

    —Mary Salmon on January 16, 2019
  • I am more often inspired by the pattern than a fabric. All the patterns in this book inspires me. It’s a fabulous book, definitely on the top of my list.

    —Rebecca J Moore on January 16, 2019
  • What typically inspires me is seeing a fabric and knowing exactly what pattern/quilt it’s supposed to be used for. It’s like it’s saying, "I’m actually an Ohio star" or "Wouldn’t I make a lovely Dresden plate quilt"…

    —Debi Schepers on January 16, 2019
  • I usually start with a pattern. Seeing a picture in a magazine, book, or on the internet that catches my eye and piques my interest. Once the pattern is in hand, I go to my stash and see what I have that will work, and where I need to fill in.

    —Robin on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern inspires me because my quilts are scrap quilts.

    C. Davis on January 16, 2019
  • I was inspired by the pattern, but also seeing all the quilts in books and photos. I would look at them and think I would love to do this but was afraid to try. I found a beginner quilting class and signed up and the rest is history. It has been the best hobby you could ever have. When you give a quilt you also are giving a hug every time the person uses it.

    —Lori T on January 16, 2019
  • I guess I have made quilts starting from both.

    —Ruth on January 16, 2019
  • It’s definitely the pattern for me. I have a huge stash of fabric that "inspired" me when I bought it but that I am totally reluctant to use for anything!

    —Laure T on January 16, 2019
  • Usually the pattern or the idea for a quilt comes first. Then the really fun part, choosing fabric.

    —Nancy McFall on January 16, 2019
  • I love the potato chip quilt…they are one of my many weaknesses when it comes to salty snacks…right next to Popcorn…maybe that will be in the next book!

    Helen Barnhart on January 16, 2019
  • The fabrics get me into trouble first every time ! Lol

    —Kris G on January 16, 2019
  • The Fabric! I often have to spend a long time deciding just which pattern will show off my favorite fabric of the moment.

    —Anne at Walden Woods on January 16, 2019
  • I am usually inspired by the pattern first but sometimes I see a fabric that "te"s" me exactly what it wants to be!

    —Debra Miller on January 16, 2019
  • Usually I will pick a pattern then start playing with fabric colors and prints until I get the perfect combination and a quilt is born (or at least a quilt block is born, I go for the scrappy look so each block is usually unique.) Sometimes the fabric jumps out at me and I make a block around it. Once I started a commissioned quilt with the border fabric and made a quilt to match the border color.

    —Lori S. on January 16, 2019
  • Inspiration for me is the person I am planning to gift the quilt to; sibling, child, grandchild or friend. What are their likes, activities, color, etc. I want it to be as personal as possible & to represent my thoughts of how much they mean to me. I want my quilts to be a lasting memory for them every time they wrap themselves in the quilt or have it displayed in their home.

    Susan Marlow on January 16, 2019
  • usually i am inspired by a picture or a pattern. sometimes i find fabric so gorgeous i just have to have it and then i look for a design that fits the fabric.

    —Carolyn Montgomery on January 16, 2019
  • INSPIRATION FOR A QUILT FOR ME IS ABOUT 50/50 … SOMETIMES IT’S THE FABRIC, SOMETIMES IT’S THE PATTERN

    —MARCIA AHLBRAND on January 16, 2019
  • Tough question- yesterday I bought fabric for a pattern I love and last week it was the other way around!Love that the classic patterns are still classic.

    —carol mandel on January 16, 2019
  • Pattern

    —Carol on January 16, 2019
  • What a beautiful book! Definitely the pattern first for me. Then the hunt is on for the perfect fabric.

    Jane Cisneros on January 16, 2019
  • I’m attracted by fabric lines. Then I have to find a pattern that fits and shows off the fabric. AND one that is easy enough for me.

    —Nancy Lyman on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern is the way I choose a quilt to do. I rarely use the fabrics or even an approximation of the ones in the book. I like to do it my way, of course it doesn’t always work out.

    —Stephanie Woodward on January 16, 2019
  • Sometimes a pattern will be something I just have to make and then I see fabric and think, Oh this would be great as?
    Never know what will inspire me at the moment. Either way I love to quilt and love the potato history and the quilt.

    —Shari Lund on January 16, 2019
  • I love the fabric first and then hunt for a pattern, most of the time.

    —Myrna on January 16, 2019
  • I love patterns and seem to collect them. The colors, textures and patterns of fabric draw me in. I love to shop for fabric and have them inspire me to match the pattern. Such joy!

    —Pat Wagle on January 16, 2019
  • It’s both, I think. Fabrics can make the charme of the pattern…

    —Anne on January 16, 2019
  • Definitely the pattern. I already ordered this book. I am so excited.

    Mary

    —Mary Kastner on January 16, 2019
  • More times than not, the pattern calls to me and I find the fabric to make it. Having the pattern already selected also helps me know how much fabric to buy.

    —Virginia in AK on January 16, 2019
  • Usually the fabric comes first.

    —Robin on January 16, 2019
  • Usually the pattern first. In the case of this book it’s the stunning pictures of the pattern/fabric combo. Talk about inspiring!!

    —CHRISTINE E on January 16, 2019
  • The quilt pattern inspires me most of all. I love the fabrics, but if you don’t have a good pattern to showcase the prints or colors, you won’t end up being as happy with the finished quilt.

    —Terry on January 16, 2019
  • The fabric in a quilt will make me take a second look at the pattern.

    —Kathie L on January 16, 2019
  • Sometimes a little of both, depending on who I am making the quilt for. Most of the time I get the fabric I like and then choose the pattern. Seems backwards but it works for me.

    —Wendy on January 16, 2019
  • It depends! Sometimes I choose the pattern then search for fabric. At other times I fall in love with a fabric line then search for the pattern that will best work for the fabric! Some fabrics are too beautiful to cut into small pieces!

    —Susan on January 16, 2019
  • Most of the time it’s the pattern.

    —Barbara Howard on January 16, 2019
  • I am often taken with the fabric first and find myself wondering what pattern would showcase it best!

    —Kathy Kranenburg on January 16, 2019
  • I am definitely a pattern person. If I have pretty fabric that has "spoken" to me, I usually want to keep it intact and just look at it because it’s so pretty.

    —Teri N on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern may sing but for me it’s usually the fabric screaming at me!

    —Denise Penn on January 16, 2019
  • It would have to be the fabric, esp.if it is bright fabric!

    —Louise Haddon on January 16, 2019
  • Definitely the fabric first. I can look at a pattern, but if it’s not made with fabrics that speak to me, I probably would never make it. This looks like a fabulous book, one I need to add to my library.

    —Fran Bianchi on January 16, 2019
  • Both – quilts made with fabrics I don’t like don’t pull me in neither do quilts made with fabric that I like but a boring pattern. This book nails it – patterns I love in gorgeous fabrics :0)

    —Janet on January 16, 2019
  • This is a tough question. I think it depends on the my mood and what I’m ready to quilt. Sometimes the fabric moves me, but mostly it is the pattern. This looks like a great book!

    —Kimberly on January 16, 2019
  • Fabric – it’s always the fabric. Mostly the colours inspire me, but sometimes I have a print that makes my heart beat faster, and I go through my books and magazines to find a pattern that showcases the print.

    —Carol on January 16, 2019
  • I’d have to say the pattern. The book looks awesome!

    —Nita on January 16, 2019
  • Like so many here, it’s the pattern that draws me in first.

    —Cathy B. on January 16, 2019
  • Sometimes I am inspired by the wonderful fabric,but usually it is the pattern I see and am inspired to find the most perfect fabric to make it with. Now I have quite a collection of reproduction fabrics and I see inspiring patterns in this book. I would love to win it!

    —Lois on January 16, 2019
  • I’m attracted by the pattern first.

    —Sharon Ulrich on January 16, 2019
  • I’m inspired by patterns!

    —Jody Randall on January 16, 2019
  • I am always attracted to the fabric first. No matter how great a pattern is, if I don’t like the fabric, I’m not too likely to make the quilt. I usually use my favorite fabrics for a pattern but sometimes I really like the original best.

    Diane Nagle on January 16, 2019
  • I usually like to start with the pattern and then go to my stash of fabric. Never have quite enough fabric, so I create the necessity to buy more fabric!

    —Kathy deKoning on January 16, 2019
  • Since I have a huge stash, I often see a fabric or group of fabrics that I decide I really want to get to, at which point I start looking for a suitable pattern for it. Probably almost as often, though, it works the other way.

    —Gloria Fradsham on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern is definitely what captures my attention first.

    —Karen Gibson on January 16, 2019
  • What first inspires me is the pattern, and then I pull apart my stash, interviewing the fabrics and scraps.

    —Gail Mackay on January 16, 2019
  • I use mostly scraps, so it is usually the pattern that inspires me to make a quilt. Those tiny baskets in the backdrop quilt behind Paula and Mary in the videos are adorable–what fun!

    —Karen D Martin on January 16, 2019
  • Usually it’s the fabric that inspires me. I can tell what kind of quilt it wants to become. But sometimes browsing through quilt books will get the creative juices flowing.

    —CJ on January 16, 2019
  • I usually start with a pattern and then go shopping or stash digging for fabrics to use.

    —Janice Mc Laren on January 16, 2019
  • I usually go for the pattern first, then the fabric I pick out inspire me to make a quilt.

    —beth d. on January 16, 2019
  • I think that I choose a fabric I just love and then figure out what pattern I’m going to use it in. That’s not to say it doesn’t sometimes start with the pattern first because sometimes that happens too. I just love the potato chip quilt. I definitely have plenty of scraps to make it from. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

    —Debby on January 16, 2019
  • Since I own much more fabric than I do patterns, it is obvious that I am inspired by the fabric. I look for patterns that will fit my fabric or that I can modify to fit my fabric. I make quilts just because I like playing with fabric!

    —Jean McClelland on January 16, 2019
  • I would say I start with the fabric and then search out what to do with it. On occasion, it is the pattern first, but mostly the fabric leads the way.

    —Brenda C on January 16, 2019
  • It is always about the feeling I get when I read about or see a pattern that sends a ‘shiver’, so to speak, throughout my body. I instantly begin looking for the fabric to start the project.

    —Irene Lewis on January 16, 2019
  • I am inspired by the fabric. Most the time I have fabric and then I look to find the perfect pattern. Any pattern from Red Crinoline is perfect!

    —Linda Ferguson on January 16, 2019
  • It’s the pattern that catches my eye, especially when it is made up in really pretty fabrics like they used. The "potato chip stars quilt" will be on my "have to make" list for sure!

    —Marsha B on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern is my inspiration.

    —Rose C on January 16, 2019
  • I would say its the pattern, however the color combination the designer uses in whatever pattern has a lot to do with my choice. This book looks wonderful, thanks for the opportunity to win it.

    —Annette F. on January 16, 2019
  • Its the fabric used in the cover picture of the quilt pattern. I’m drawn to bright cheery fabrics in the pictures.

    —Kathy O on January 16, 2019
  • That’s like asking which came first the chicken or the egg! I’d say its a tie. Sometimes I see a pattern I just have to make, other times a fabric jumps out at me and says make me into something wonderful NOW!

    —Debi Wahl on January 16, 2019
  • I find the pattern first usually, then start the process of looking for fabric. Fabric shopping is one of my addictions and that accounts for the patterns and tubs I have with "oneday, I’ll get to that project". I found the video of these authors fascinating and book looks like a piece of lovely art.

    —Betty P on January 16, 2019
  • I usually am first inspired by the pattern, though I’ve had a few times that I’ve found a pattern for fabric I love. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

    —K Nelson on January 16, 2019
  • I typically find a pattern and then sort through my current fabric stash that is augmented with a few newer fabrics that require larger pieces, e.g., sashing, borders.

    —Regina Harris on January 16, 2019
  • I find a pattern I like and then look for fabrics for that pattern. I usually try to go w fabrics similar to ones shown in the pattern.

    —Jacqueline Celestine on January 16, 2019
  • Sometimes it’s the fabric; other times it’s the pattern. I just tend to do with what I love and it generally works out!

    —Connie K on January 16, 2019
  • Definitely the fabric!

    —Cathy on January 16, 2019
  • I think the fabrics affect me most when I see a pattern. I often have trouble getting past fabrics I don’t really care for in order to imagine what a pattern might look like in different fabrics.

    I LOVE Red Crinoline Quilts patterns!

    —Barbara on January 16, 2019
  • Obviously FABRIC because my ‘textile collection’ is many, many times larger than my patterns.

    —Marianne from TN on January 16, 2019
  • I go with the pattern when deciding on a new project. I a sure I am influenced by the fabrics, so beautiful! I might go with a different colorway. Thanks

    —Pam Fritz on January 16, 2019
  • I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THIS BOOK, I WOULD USE IT AND I WOULD SHARE IT.

    —Ann Parazin on January 16, 2019
  • The fabric always inspires me.

    —Vicki Riley on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern usually comes first. However sometimes a fabric will just call my name!

    —Kim H on January 16, 2019
  • To be honest, the fabrics get my attention first – the color & contrast. Then the pattern intrigues me to make a quilt. Of course, I have to play around with the pattern a bit so I can make it my own way. I rarely follow patterns completely.

    —Sandy Bradfield on January 16, 2019
  • Gorgeous fabric usually comes to my attention, then a pattern.

    —Becky Bynum on January 16, 2019
  • I think it is both because if I like a pattern, it is usually because I like the fabric it is made with. It is hard for me to picture a pattern in other fabric.
    So fabric….then pattern????

    —Patty Fallon on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern gives me the inspiration to begin my next project. Then it’s off to shop for fabric. Perhaps I’ll use some fabric from my stash. Love quilting

    —Faye K on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern inspires me usually but recently it was the fabric that has inspired me. Good luck everyone. Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful book.

    —Valerie on January 16, 2019
  • It’s a combination of both for me. I often find a pattern I like, but I almost always make it with different fabric. I need to be able to visualize the two together. If I don’t have at least a dim picture in my mind of how I want the quilt to look when it’s finished, I’m lost. Often finding a border print or focus fabric is the catalyst for me.

    —Diana Steverson on January 16, 2019
  • Usually the pattern. Frequently the fabric drives me to find a pattern so I can use the fabric. Love everything Red Crinoline does. So excited for this book!

    —Marie on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern inspires me and then I look for fabric.

    —janet s on January 16, 2019
  • I like scrappy quilts so it’s usually the pattern to idea First then the fabric.

    —Nyla-Jean on January 16, 2019
  • Pattern…but the fabric used in the sample quilt is very influential.

    —Dixie on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern is my inspiration for sure! Fabric is a close second.

    —JP on January 16, 2019
  • Quilting has been my hobby for years. Most all are pieced and quilted by hand.
    Given to family for gifts at Christmas, Weddings and Birthdays. Usually see a pattern I like and check my stash to make a sample. Then if I am satisfied with the pattern I will choose fabric from stash or will buy special fabric and go from there. I am on quilt #103 now and facing shoulder surgery so will be out of commission for a few days but will just enjoy looking for new patterns until I am able to again pick up my needle and quilt, quilt, quilt.

    —Mary Barnett on January 16, 2019
  • I mostly pick out fabric I love first and then search for just the right pattern to show off the fabric. I seem to migrate to the 1800’s Civil War fabric, small prints and tone on tones. I love how they look and feel. I also collect doilies and lace. I would love that book because I am always trying to step back in time with my work be it either piecing, applique or hand embroidery.

    —Barbara Theriault on January 16, 2019
  • I’m inspired by both; but if the fabric is my first choice, I get myself into trouble because if I don’t have a pattern in mind, I don’t know how much fabric to buy and I struggle later to find fabrics to coordinate with it. Hence my stash is quite large…….😥

    —Chris on January 16, 2019
  • It depends. Sometimes, I see a pattern that I love and then go fabric shopping. However, if I see fabric that I love, I’ll look for a pattern. I absolutely love Red Crinoline Quilts and loved the videos. Thank you.

    —Sharon Simmons on January 16, 2019
  • Pattern, definitely.

    —Lill on January 16, 2019
  • Definitely the pattern.

    —Hedda on January 16, 2019
  • Sometimes the pattern, sometimes the fabric!

    —Kathy on January 16, 2019
  • I am a mix. Sometimes the pattern gives me my direction, but others a special fabric will send me on a perfect pattern hunt.
    This looks like a wonderful book.

    —Sue Lerch on January 16, 2019
  • Sometimes the fabric inspires me but more often than not, it’s the pattern that drives the quilt. I have fabrics set aside for that special quilt, waiting for just the right pattern!

    —Marsa on January 16, 2019
  • I’m very much inspired by fabric. If I like it, I can visualize it into some pattern. On the other hand, I love new books. As I look at the photos, I can see ones I like in the fabric colors I like. How wishy-washy was that answer?

    —Patricia Hersl on January 16, 2019
  • I am usually inspired by the fabric especially Civil War style repros.

    —Cathy on January 16, 2019
  • About 60% of the time the fabric and 40% of the time the pattern. Both can be inspiring.

    —Terry L on January 16, 2019
  • The fabric or combination of fabrics usually inspires me first. Then I look for a scrappy pattern that can use as many fabrics as possible.

    —KarenF on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern first!! You can always change the fabric to suit your favorites. I like simple patterns that look difficult. That traditional pattern that has a twist of something different.

    —Lewcrese Shields on January 16, 2019
  • Generally the pattern will be the inspiration especially since I love scrap quilts. I am a sucker for the civil war fabrics.

    —Karen Keeler on January 16, 2019
  • Both, sometimes I find a pattern I love and try to use as much of my stash that I can and purchase the rest. Other times I can’t resist a fabric line and buy it for a future quilt hoping I buy enough yardage. I have a lot of pigs waiting for me to work on.

    —Lowella Murray on January 16, 2019
  • I have done quilts both ways. Sometimes a pattern really strikes me as something I want to do. Other times I find fabric I like and then go thru my patterns to find the right one that works with that fabric. If I don’t have any pattern that works, I go shopping.

    —Denise D. on January 16, 2019
  • The fabric inspires me and then I pick a pattern.

    —Karen McClung on January 16, 2019
  • I’m normally inspired by the pattern first, although I’ve seen some quilt patterns that were really blah but when I saw them made up with fabric different from the pattern they were wonderful.

    Joy P on January 16, 2019
  • I always start with the pattern and then look through my stash for fabric. I would like to become more creative and start with the fabric. I love the quilts in this book! this book

    —Peggy P. on January 16, 2019
  • I usually start with a pattern then pick the fabric. In the case of this book I have a fat quarter bundle of civil war fabric that could use a quilt. I’d love to make one for my brother who is a civil war buff.

    —Veronica K on January 16, 2019
  • I would say the pattern tends to lead fabric. I have more waiting projects that were love that pattern, now how do I make it my own. I do love the new book. It will have to go on the wish list.

    —Cindy on January 16, 2019
  • I usually start with the fabric.

    —Leann Kaiser on January 16, 2019
  • I start with the pattern and then choose fabric. I start with "What do I feel like making…easy or difficult, stars, log cabin or something else…civil war prints, batiks, floral…dark colors, brights, pastels. There is a whole process involved and I love every minute of it.

    —Mary F. on January 16, 2019
  • I find the pattern is the inspiration for my next quilt, then the fabric choices. I love to see patterns in multiple fabric colors. Sometimes a different color will speak to me and draw me to the pattern. But usually it’s the pattern first that grabs me! Thanks for the opportunity to win this new book.

    —Michele H Gailey on January 16, 2019
  • I am typically drawn to the fabric first when I decide to make a quilt. However, patterns like the Blooming Nine Patch would be a different story.

    —Janelle L. Bucher on January 16, 2019
  • It amazes me of the creativity of quilters. This is beautiful. I would like to make it.

    —Billie on January 16, 2019
  • Both inspire me. I often see fabric I have to have. I often see patterns I have to do. I’m delighted when the two meet!

    —Kathie Curley on January 16, 2019
  • Usually the fabric colors catch my eye first and especially if they are vintage/reproduction era. However, certain patterns will inspire me no matter what fabric was used so I would say a little of both.

    —Dottie on January 16, 2019
  • Fabric first, I think, but I’ll admit I’ve also fallen in love with a pattern first.

    —Linda M on January 16, 2019
  • the pattern is what gets my attention first especially stars

    —jo on January 16, 2019
  • I’d have to say a little of both! I buy a lot of "sale" fabric since I most always will be donating the finished product and with most I have a specific pattern in mind I know would work perfectly. There re those special occasions though where I find a pattern I just HAVE to make so fabric is chosen just for that:)No matter which way I go, the end result is always great!

    —cindy m on January 16, 2019
  • I usually like a pattern first and then start gathering fabrics to make it. Thanks for a chance to win this book. I like several of the patterns!

    —Tina W. on January 16, 2019
  • Both pattern and fabric are inspirations. Frequently the pattern is first; however, a piece of fabric that I love generates the pattern.

    —Marilyn Fite on January 16, 2019
  • With me it could go either way. Sometimes I see a pattern I just have to make. Other times I find fabric I love and need to make into something beautiful.

    —Rilla Burnham on January 16, 2019
  • Definitely the fabric. Like most quilters I find the fabric speaks to me or touches me in some way or on some level; or perhaps just zings me with some burst of inspiration. Then, after purchasing what I hope turns out to be sufficient quantity I wait again for the fabric to speak and tell me what type of quilt it would like to become.

    —Lisa on January 16, 2019
  • I’ve used both methods, but am most often caught up in choosing a pattern to complement a favorite fabric.

    —Judy graczyk on January 16, 2019
  • It depends, since there are so many great fabrics. That being said, lately I have been trying to shop my stash, so I’ll for patterns that catch my eye.

    —Caryn S on January 16, 2019
  • My stash usually inspires me to find a pattern which will "work."

    —Dorothy A Davis on January 16, 2019
  • I’m inspired by the pattern first. I love reproduction fabric and the star block is my favorite!

    Gladys Janssen on January 16, 2019
  • When I see a pattern that I just love, made with fabric/colours I really like, I just itch to start sewing.

    —Trish P. on January 16, 2019
  • My answer would be it’s 50/50. Sometimes the pattern is something I love & must have & sometimes it’s the fabric or colors used in the pattern that I love. If I really like a patter but not the colors, I always try to visualize the pattern in “my” colors. This new book has great patterns & colors!

    —Jan on January 16, 2019
  • Most of the time I pick fabric, then pattern. But I’ve been known to do that in reverse. And, of course, I have stashes of both. But we won’t talk about that!!

    —Diana O on January 16, 2019
  • Usually the pattern speaks to me first

    —Sylvia on January 16, 2019
  • It is usually the colors that attract me first, then the pattern. Sometimes the pattern is so unique that I don’t see anything else.

    —Janet T on January 16, 2019
  • Sometimes it’s the fabric line, but at other times is’s the pattern. Many times they go hand in hand.

    —Linda Pickenpaugh on January 16, 2019
  • I have an idea of my own first then I look for inspiration…..some times a pattern or technique or sometimes fabric.

    —Jeanette Schurr on January 16, 2019
  • I’d have to say sometimes a pattern and sometimes my fabric stash. I have a large collection of repo fabrics and I love scrappy quilts so a good pattern can always inspire me.

    —Sue Cahill on January 16, 2019
  • Probably the choice of pattern comes first. It is hard to say.

    —Margaret Dalmer on January 16, 2019
  • I definitely get excited about the fabrics I chose for a quilt first and then the pattern. It is so much fun especially with all of the fabric choices we have now.

    —Barbara E Willems on January 16, 2019
  • I am always drawn to the pattern first. Classic vintage designs are my favorite!!!

    —Mindy on January 16, 2019
  • I really can’t decide…I think fabric is my first love, and I will look for patterns to showcase what I love about a particular print, but just as quickly I think I fall in love with certain patterns and the movement and color combinations that explode from them. I just love it all. Excited about this book from some stunning designers. Fingers crossed.

    —Cheryl Warstler on January 16, 2019
  • I can be inspired by a pattern or a fabric line. It is probably more often the pattern though. These are some gorgeous quilts!

    —Susan L. on January 16, 2019
  • That is an either or question for me! Sometimes I see a block I like and then decide on what fabric to use for that block. I will do a sample to see if I like the block with that fabric. Other times I have fabric I want to use so then figure what I would like to make!

    —Mariltnn on January 16, 2019
  • I am drawn to the pattern first when looking at books. Then I start thinking about fabrics and colors. But if I am in a fabric store, I am in heaven!!

    —Debbie Rangel on January 16, 2019
  • It’s both! When I find a pattern I want to you, I won’t make the quilt until I’ve found exactly the right fabrics for it. An conversely, I certainly have some fabulous fabrics in my stash that are waiting for the right quilt pattern to appear!

    But for the quilts I make for others, it’s the pattern first. Definitely.

    —Liz Smith on January 16, 2019
  • I think if it is an instant "Wow", then it is both. They compliment the element of the other.

    —Eva Lyn E Williams on January 16, 2019
  • Almost all the quilt tops I piece are for our church sewing group. They are simple square patches, so I decide on the fabric by seeing what looks good together in my sewing room. Often is it simply pices of fabric that were lying close together and then I decide they would look good in the quilt. I think I may make Bonnie Hunter’s latest mystery quilt. She has already finished it and posted the completed quilt. It is not necessarily a pattern I would have chosen, but the color combinations that she started with, I loved. If they don’t go in that quilt, they will go in another one I make. I love some of the quilts in this post. I may just have to get the book if I don’t win it.

    —Judy on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern is the first thing I look at and then pick fabric to make the quilt. I usually do just one block and then decide if I want to do more.

    —Peggy Marine on January 16, 2019
  • I am inspired by the pattern first of all, because you can make it in different fabrics and each time you get a totally different looking quilt

    —Rosslyn Gale on January 16, 2019
  • I think I’m first inspired by the pattern. I love vintage quilt patterns because they remind me of my Grandmas quilts.

    —Audrey Repass on January 16, 2019
  • Would love to have a copy to go with their 1st book, the fabric and the patterns dating back to the "Bonnie Blue" days. I always visit the Red Crinolin booth at HIQF each year and enjoy the new quilts on display. Reproduction quilts are my passion and joy.

    —Pat Mosley on January 16, 2019
  • I think the pattern inspires me to want to make a quilt. Seeing it in fabric I love makes me want to make it more.

    —Karen McMahon on January 16, 2019
  • I normally check out the pattern before choosing the fabric…but I own mostly 1800s fabrics that just beg for a pattern.that also looks vintage😀

    —Cindy Megginson on January 16, 2019
  • Usually I find the pattern first, then the fabrics. Would love this book!

    —Carole Diehl on January 16, 2019
  • Generally, patterns or ideas inspire me first.

    —Kim Brownell on January 16, 2019
  • For me it is usually the pattern.

    —Stephanie D on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern is a seller of whether or not to do a quilt.

    —Bernadette Schultz on January 16, 2019
  • Good question, sometimes it’s combination of the 2,sometimes I have a pattern and I am looking for the best place for fit, sometimes it’s some luscious fabric and "how do I showcase it"!! Thanks, Kathy in colo

    —kathy pfaltzgraff on January 16, 2019
  • Most of the time it is the pattern for me. But sometimes there is just a fabric that I fall in love with and just have to make something with it.

    —Jean H. on January 16, 2019
  • I’ve always thought that the fabric inspired the pattern, for me, but as I thought about this question and the inventory that is lurking in my sewing room, I realized that I’ve been purchasing fabric for specific patterns for years…just have never thought about it in that way before! Hmmm…new inspiration maybe…

    —Debbie Collins on January 16, 2019
  • I have to say the fabric inspires me. Seeing a quilt made by a LQS employee has drawn me to seek out the pattern. But if I had seen the pattern first, based on the colors and fabrics used on the cover, I wouldn’t have given pattern a second look.

    —SandyMay on January 16, 2019
  • Definitely the pattern inspires and motivates me!

    —Sue on January 16, 2019
  • I am inspired by the pattern first, then find fabric to make it.

    —Susan Green on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern is usually what catches my eye. However, sometimes a traditional pattern is done using interesting fabrics or colors that inspires me to want to make a similar one. Your new book is fabulous!

    —Ann in PA on January 16, 2019
  • I always thought it was the pattern I liked first but after seeing other quilts made from that pattern in a different colourway, I realized it was the fabrics/colours that drew me in.

    —Elizabeth DiCrescenzo on January 16, 2019
  • Love the civil war fabrics and the beautiful new book. I cannot choose which one to make first, all are so lovely. I can use my stash and buy new fabrics. Would be so excited to own this book.

    —Catherine Stiele on January 16, 2019
  • It works both ways for me at time I will find fabric that actually "speaks" to me and whispers sweet musings. I am always looking to challenge my skills and there will be that one pattern that says "can you do it?" I responded by purchasing the pattern and then find glorious fabric that complements its design!

    —Sondra Grimes on January 16, 2019
  • I am drawn in by the pattern. I rarely make a quilt in the same or similar fabrics anyways.

    —Karen A on January 16, 2019
  • Fabric. Maybe the pattern. How it is all put together!!

    —Deborah k on January 16, 2019
  • I will say it’s the fabrics! It’s hard to see beyond the pattern if i am not drawn to the colors first! Step Back In Time looks like an amazing book, the colors and the patterns are just so inviting, you just want to pick them up and hug them! I would love to read the stories behind these quilts, especially love the Potato Chip Stars Quilt, Oh My! Thanks so much for a chance to win this awesome book!!!
    Carmen

    —Carmen Montmarquet on January 16, 2019
  • Sometimes the patterns call to me and then I find the fabric. Sometimes it’s the other way.

    —Jeannine on January 16, 2019
  • I’m usually inspired by the pattern and then go searching for fabric. However, I often find a fabric that I absolutely love so I buy at least a yard and put a snippet in a small notebook of fabrics looking for a pattern.

    —Freda on January 16, 2019
  • Sometimes it is both, I thought it was the fabric but I think it is actually the pattern. This book looks great!

    —Karen on January 16, 2019
  • Fabric is what I’m drawn to. I love the design and color. I begin to think about what pattern would best show off the fabric and I dream of sleeping under a quilt made with that fabric. I later often admire the fabric in the quilt and am pleased with my choices. It puts a smile on my face and I feel content wrapped in comfort and love that quilts provide.

    —Chelly Yates on January 16, 2019
  • The fabric draws me in but the pattern has to appeal to me also

    —Rachel Pappas on January 16, 2019
  • Sometimes the coloring of the fabrics pull me to trying a pattern, other times, it’s the pattern itself. I always love a challenge, so it’s different every time.

    —Mary Brott on January 16, 2019
  • It can go either way – usually it’s a fabric that I love but sometimes it’s an interesting pattern.

    —Becky L on January 16, 2019
  • I start a quilt with the pattern then find fabrics to suit, hopefully from my stash!

    —Jenny on January 16, 2019
  • The color grabs me first. Then the pattern. But I am often drawn to the "standard" blocks. I challenge myself to use as much of my stash as possible.

    Kathleen Wheatley on January 16, 2019
  • It all depends, most usually it is the pattern that gets the inspiration going, but sometimes it’s a great fabric line. Looks like this will be my new favorite book. 🙂

    —Judyk on January 16, 2019
  • I usually am inspired by the pattern first; however, there have been a few times that the fabric inspired me to find the perfect pattern.

    —Rita on January 16, 2019
  • love this book! for me I start with a pattern and them I go scrappy!

    —Nancy C on January 16, 2019
  • Usually its a pattern that gets me started! Although I buy fabric just because I love it and know I will use it in a pattern one day.

    —Donna H. on January 16, 2019
  • I like kits, so the pattern is paired with the fabric when making quilts for myself. In a kit, you get to see exactly how your quilt will turn out. You are guaranteed that the fabric and pattern mesh. I’m drawn to kits where pattern and fabric call my name.

    —Fran Claassens on January 16, 2019
  • Usually I begin a quilt based on a pattern.

    —Kalen Hahn on January 16, 2019
  • I love this new book!

    —Gini Pettit on January 16, 2019
  • I love this new book! Usually the pattern speaks to me first! The churn dash block in this book jumped out at me!

    —Gini Pettit on January 16, 2019
  • I am inspired by fabric first. I love looking at patterns, and have loads that I want to do, but I feel like the fabric tells me how it wants to be used.

    —Nancy Bart on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern is always my first inspiration; I can decide from there what fabrics speak to me about the pattern.

    —Teri D. Gailey on January 16, 2019
  • Definitely the pattern!

    —Vicki Sprain on January 16, 2019
  • Usually it is the pattern that draws me to a new project; however, when I am at festival in Houston, it is the displayed quilt that catches my eye!

    —Lillie Hays on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern inspires me first.

    —Bonnie on January 16, 2019
  • I am inspired by the pattern. I prefer to work in civil war fabrics so I begin pulling from my stash but I am always missing one fabric!

    —Gloria on January 16, 2019
  • I would probably pick the pattern first, but sometimes I find a fabric I have have & the pick a pattern to go with it.

    —Kay McCaffery on January 16, 2019
  • The pattern is always what draws me in first.

    —Judith Martinez on January 16, 2019
  • Fabrics and patterns share the first ideas of creation for me.

    —Elaine Barneycastle on January 16, 2019
  • I think the pattern will inspire me most of all, there are so many that I would love to try. That is what I love to start with so many quilts. I would love to attempt a pattern or three with this lovely book. Enjoyed their little speech about the book, cute. Thank you ladies.

    —Althea Klosterman on January 16, 2019
  • I am usually drawn to the design and love to choose my own colors, although occasionally the colors will call to me.

    —Ann Marie Stegen on January 16, 2019
  • I’m generally inspired first by a pattern, but do find myself collecting Civil War fabrics & looking for just the right pattern. This book would help a lot!

    —Angela Nohe on January 16, 2019
  • I start with the pattern!

    —Ashley on January 16, 2019
  • It actually depends on my mood. Sometimes the pattern pulls me right in. Other times I just love how someone uses colors and I say I want to learn more.

    —Christi on January 16, 2019
  • Usually it is the fabric that I like first and then I look for a pattern that I think will work with the fabric.

    —Judy on January 16, 2019
  • I would have to say the Pattern, I keep patterns that I like in a file but some times while pulling fabric from my stash I’ll see something I forgot I had and say " Oh ! I have a pattern for this"/

    —ELIZABETH CROSS on January 17, 2019
  • The inspiration for a quilt can come from a pattern but sometimes fabric inspires me.

    —A. Bouwman on January 17, 2019
  • I am drawn to any quilt that has blue in it and quilts that patterns that have mainly star blocks.

    —Lynn Darcy on January 17, 2019
  • Usually the pattern gets me started.

    —Marsha on January 17, 2019
  • The quilt block or overall pattern of a quilt is what draws me in. I especially love a scrappy quilt with simple lines. The quilts featured in this book are classic and timeless. This book is beautiful and inspirational.

    —Marlene on January 17, 2019
  • I am usually drawn to the pattern…which then leads to the fabric hunt! Rarely does the fabric come first!

    —Ginger Marshall on January 17, 2019
  • I am inspired by both really but I have to say I am very drawn to star patterns!

    —Nancy on January 17, 2019
  • The pattern inspires me.

    —Donna T on January 17, 2019
  • Most of the time it is the fabric. But then the elusive hunt begins for something just as striking. Reproduction patterns and prints have always been my favorite.

    —Cindy on January 17, 2019
  • Both situations are true. Sometimes I see fabric that I love and I buy it knowing that I will be inspired by a pattern that comes later and sometimes it is the other way around. Best of all is finding a kit that has both the fabric and pattern that I love.

    —Myra Katz on January 17, 2019
  • Usually it is the pattern, although fabric commonly hitches a ride home with me just because I have to have it and don’t have a clue what i’m going to use it for yet. i LOVE what I can see so far of this book! I love the baskets!!!

    —Nancy on January 17, 2019
  • It is often a combination of both, but generally I think the pattern. I love reproduction fabric and Mary Ellen and Paula design beautiful patterns and fabric. Would love to own this book!

    —Marie eddins on January 17, 2019
  • Both actually, the fabric defines the pattern in most cases. Changing fabrics will completely change the quilt so if I am inspired to make a certain pattern it is mainly because of the fabric.

    —LaVonne Beach on January 17, 2019
  • The pattern usually however sometimes it’s the fabric

    —Cherry Leger on January 17, 2019
  • The pattern is usually what inspires me, even if the sample fabric choices are not exactly my taste, I can envision it in other fabrics.

    —Gloria Meyer on January 17, 2019
  • The fabric catches my eye and then I look at the pattern. There are a few patterns that attract me, even if I don’t care for the fabric. I like triangles!

    —Mariann on January 17, 2019
  • That is a hard question to answer because both inspire me. Probably the pattern 60% and fabric 40%, when I see one I love the hunt is on for the perfect compliment to complete the quilt.

    —Connie F on January 17, 2019
  • I am typically inspired by the pattern. Sometimes I am looking for a challenge or want to improve on a skill, so the pattern calls to me. The pattern then determines what fabric will best showcase the pattern. Sometimes it is a very time consuming process!

    —Pat Edmiston on January 17, 2019
  • Both inspire me; I love reproduction fabric and I love patterns. I do need to have a pattern in mind though when I buy fabric, otherwise I just keep saving it for something special;)

    —Mary on January 17, 2019
  • I would say both..but fabric is probably #1. I prefer simpler patterns, nothing too complicated….though one of my first quilts was Storm at Sea!

    —Margaret Hynes on January 17, 2019
  • Usually the fabric

    —MS Barb on January 17, 2019
  • Usually the fabric speaks to me, and I search around for a pattern to use the fabric!

    —Mary Reed on January 17, 2019
  • I am usually inspired by the pattern first.

    —Janet Beyea on January 17, 2019
  • Although fabric plays a big part, i am drawn to contrasting fabrics and how they go together in thw pattern.

    —Janine Scott on January 17, 2019
  • Both, but the colors usually are the first to catch my attention.

    —Lola Zographos on January 17, 2019
  • Usually, a pattern inspires me, then I find the fabric, but once in a while I have a piece of fabric that makes me go find a pattern, especially for Quilts of Valor.

    Barbara Winkler on January 17, 2019
  • I am inspired by both pattern and fabric. I love color, patterns and texture and texture. Both the fabric and quilt pattern bring both to a beautiful quilt.

    —Michelle Holfert on January 17, 2019
  • I have worked both ways. I usually choose the pattern first, but that choice might be subconsciously inspired by what I know is in my stash!

    —Elana Schachter on January 18, 2019
  • I love fabric, then I have to fine the right pattern to show it off

    —Vivian Bernsen on January 18, 2019
  • Sometimes a pattern totally inspires me to search my stash for a scrappy quilt. Other times a new line of fabric grabs me and won’t let go until I buy some! I love the quilts that Paula and Mary Ellen create and have made several.

    —Kyra Franz on January 18, 2019
  • I am usually inspired by fabric. When I want to make a new quilt I go through my fabric stash first to see what inspires me and then through my magazines and books to decide on a pattern.

    —Janet on January 18, 2019
  • Usually it’s the pattern that catches my eye first, but sometimes I find a fabric that I can’t resist.

    —Sheila on January 18, 2019
  • When shopping I will see a fabric that I think I can’t live with out. In the back of my mind I usually have something with seasonal in mind and go from there because of the color or colors the fabric has in it.

    —Suzanne Cox on January 18, 2019
  • I’m often inspired by a special fabric, but usually the pattern comes first—even if I end up tweaking it a bit.

    —Linda Towers on January 18, 2019
  • I think that the pattern speaks to me first, but the fabrics used WOW! me!

    Nancy on January 18, 2019
  • I usually start with a pattern, but sometimes the fabric tells me what it wants to be.

    —Tess McCarthy on January 18, 2019
  • I usually find a pattern I love, then chose the perfect fabrics to make it.

    —Kathleen T on January 18, 2019
  • Het wisselt nogal wat de reden is voor het maken van een quilt. Dan weer het patroon, dan weer de stof. Maar bezig blijven we!!!!

    Translation: It changes quite a bit the reason for making a quilt. The pattern, then the fabric again. But we stay busy !!!!

    —Gonny Defilet on January 18, 2019
  • Not a good answer but…it depends!! Sometimes I see a fabric and feel it just has to be in a quilt. Then, sometimes I see a pattern that I like and go on a search for the right fabric, prints and colors, to make the quilt. Love the article on Red Crinoline.

    —Clara Chandler on January 18, 2019
  • Usually the pattern comes first but it can happen either way.

    —Sharon Browne on January 18, 2019
  • The pattern first, then the fabric to go with it.

    —M Sue Smith on January 18, 2019
  • I would say the pattern first; if don’t like the design, the fabric won’t matter.

    —Theresa Kennedy on January 18, 2019
  • I tend to buy fabric when I find it; later will find a pattern for the fabric.

    —Judy B on January 18, 2019
  • I buy fabric that interests me when ever I see it… "buy it now, when you want it, it won’t be available", those are true words. So I buy fabric with cats, sheep, coffee, purple, or any design that captures my attention. Then weeks, months or years later I’m left looking for a pattern or idea for all that fabric. It’s a wonderful game or problem.

    I enjoy vintage patterns, history, and fabric — this looks like my kind of book… thank you– kaylace

    —Kay on January 18, 2019
  • The fabric usually inspires me to find a complementary pattern.

    —Jeanette Neibling on January 18, 2019
  • I am an admitted fabricaholic! It is a fabric that attracts me and then the pattern.

    Lorene on January 18, 2019
  • Often I have fabric that I’m wanting to sew with and start looking for a pattern, but sometimes it is the other way around.

    —Barbaraben on January 18, 2019
  • It’s usually the pattern that draws me first. Of course, I’m sure the fabric plays a part in catching my eye. They both must play well together. Thank you for this opportunity for a chance to win a copy of Step Back In Time.

    —Vicki L on January 18, 2019
  • I love triangles, LOVE triangles. Any pattern that emphasizes them is automatically on my list of "considerations" right off the bat. I love scrappy themes and when both are combined into the same quilt pattern, I go bonkers. That said, knowing triangles are used so much, I’m a sucker for MANY different patterns, but scrappy stars will always be a given, as long as I can incorporate lots of green fabrics, phyl

    —phyl SCHIWAL on January 18, 2019
  • It really depends. Sometimes I see a beautiful pattern and then hunt for the fabric and sometimes I have a grouping of fabric and look for a pattern. I would say most of the time the pattern comes first. I never buy a kit or use the fabric line that everyone else is using. I like for my quilt to be one of a kind.

    —Sherry Loncar on January 18, 2019
  • I need to love the pattern first before deciding on the fabric.

    —Cheri Bergeron on January 18, 2019
  • I usually buy fabric and then look for the perfect pattern to showcase it. Other times I buy patterns, knowing I have just the fabric to make it. I enjoyed both of the videos and now feel like I know you both, and would love to add this book to my favorites.

    —debby on January 18, 2019
  • The pattern.

    —Elaine on January 18, 2019
  • Typically, I see a quilt design that I like and then go from there. I’ve been a fan of Paula Barnes’ fabric for a while and like what I’ve seen from this book. Hope I win it. Thank you.

    Joanna Perry on January 18, 2019
  • I’m usually inspired by the pattern first. That being said I-have quite the stash of fabric that called to me.

    —Gayle Shumaker on January 18, 2019
  • I usually see a pattern I love and then look for fabric to show it off

    —Pam Pickle on January 18, 2019
  • For me it is generally the pattern then the fabric. But fabric sometimes
    determines if I will make that quilt. Love this new book. Great job!!!!!!

    —Kathy on January 18, 2019
  • Both really. I’m always drawn to a pattern that is done up in reproduction fabrics.

    —Mary on January 18, 2019
  • I think it is the pattern that 1st inspires me.

    —Nancy A on January 18, 2019
  • Often it is a photo of a quilt that captures my attention. I love the look and the stories behind reproduction quilts. I also like to see different color/fabric choices for a particular quilt. That helps me learn better fabric choices. Thank you for creating a beautiful book of quilts.

    —Karen on January 18, 2019
  • Being a fabric "horder", I buy fabric that I like when I see it. The perfect pattern comes along at some point, it is then that I pair them together.

    —Cindy on January 18, 2019
  • Mostly I start with a pattern and than look for the fabrics.

    —Anna on January 18, 2019
  • Pattern, for me! Love this book, and Civil War fabrics are my favorite.

    —karen on January 18, 2019
  • Because I’m both a fabric and pattern collector, I’ll usually go to my fabric stash first for inspiration and then browse around for a pattern design that will work for the amount of fabric I have selected.

    —Gail K on January 18, 2019
  • Intriguing. Sounds challenging. .

    —Karen on January 18, 2019
  • I am usually inspired by the pattern first, then look for fabrics, but sometimes I find an awesome fabric first. I so love this book and the small blocks, I will have to buy it if I don’t win it. Thank you for the drawing for it.

    —Glenna C Denman on January 18, 2019
  • I usually start with pattern and then pull fabric for the project.

    —Kris B on January 18, 2019
  • I find fabric that I just have to have- buy it and then look for a pattern that makes me want to cut the fabric up.

    —Wendy Bynner on January 18, 2019
  • Usually the pattern, but sometimes the fabric will tell what it wants to be, too.

    —Joye Cox on January 18, 2019
  • It could be either. Sometimes fabric ‘just has to come home with me’ and I go in search of a pattern. other times I see a pattern I like and then fabrics to make it

    —Judy Palmer on January 18, 2019
  • The pattern inspires me first then trying to find the just right fabrics that talk to me to make it a master piece.

    —Helen Bowie on January 18, 2019
  • The pattern and then see what I have in my stash. thanks for the giveaway

    —Renea Yarolim on January 18, 2019
  • I’m usually drawn to the pattern first…..classic patterns with a vintage look. This book looks like a winner!

    —Julie on January 18, 2019
  • I am generally inspired by the pattern first. But then there are the times when I just love a fabric and have to do something beautiful with it.

    —Linda Klungle on January 18, 2019
  • Usually the pattern, then the fabric. Live the traditional style of quilts and reproduction fabrics, so this book looks very useful.

    —Brenda on January 18, 2019
  • I’m inspired by the fabric. However, if I see a great scrappy pattern, I’ll dig through my scraps to make it.

    —Celine K. on January 18, 2019
  • Just like all my answers: It depends! Sometimes I will see an irresistible pattern and immediately wonder which fabrics will make it sing, or start searching my stash for the right fabrics to match that pattern to someone I want to quilt for. Other times I see or have fabric I love and then I search for a pattern to show the fabric off to its best advantage. So, it depends.

    —Beth T. on January 18, 2019
  • sometimes the pattern inspires me & than I look for fabrics to compliment it & sometimes it’s the fabric that I notice first & just go with it.

    —Leona T Phillips on January 18, 2019
  • Pattern usually first, but sometimes a fabric calls to me and then I have to find the right pattern or just add the fabric to the stash and wait for the right pattern and hope I have enough fabric!

    —Rosalie on January 18, 2019
  • I usually find the pattern- then try to find my own combination of fabrics. Thanks, Patty B.

    —Patty Bretheim on January 18, 2019
  • I usually start with a pattern to make my quilts. But sometimes the fabric calls me to make something with it.

    —Sylvia on January 18, 2019
  • Tricky question. Sometimes it’s the pattern, sometimes the fabric and it can also be both. The reproduction fabrics and your patterns are beautifully done. Congrats on your new book

    —Lisann D. on January 18, 2019
  • That varies. Usually I am inspired by the design I have in my head, but I have so many designs in mind that I can’t possibly do them all. Next to that the pattern inspires me to look for certain fabrics that I think will look good with it. And then sometimes I will see a fabric and it will make me think of designs that would look good in that fabric.

    —Sharon Aurora on January 19, 2019
  • Sometimes it’s a pattern that catches my eye and the search begins for the perfect fabric. But sometimes the perfect, must-have fabric finds me! This looks like a great book to have on hand for that perfect fabric.

    —Caryn Gouldn on January 19, 2019
  • Good morning, The pattern inspires me to search for the right fabric when making a quilt. BUT…there are times when I buy beautiful fabric and search for the right pattern. As long as I am quilting that is all that counts!

    —Christy Miller on January 19, 2019
  • It’s a tossup. Sometimes a pattern just yells out and other times it is a fabric that cries out. Even times when the pattern and the fabric used in it is what grabs my attention.

    —Nancy Parrish on January 19, 2019
  • The patterns inspire me! These days I have acquired (notice I didn’t say hoarded) so much fabric it is a challenge for me to use my fabric stash in these beautiful patters. Love the history of the potatoe chips!

    —Doris on January 19, 2019
  • Even though I try to keep in mind what fabrics I’d like to use up from my stash, I typically get things rolling with a pattern I like.

    —Lynne C on January 19, 2019
  • Usually the pattern inspires me. However I’ve seen some quilts in such beautifil colors, I will buy the pattern because it was made with such wonderful fabric.

    —Renata on January 19, 2019
  • Most always it is the pattern and then I shop my stash for what would look good. There have been occasion when I’ve been driven by a fabric and the search is on for a pattern that will do it justice.

    Paula Hedges on January 19, 2019
  • Odd as it sounds, I first think of the person it is going to be made for, then the pattern and then fabric But you never know…..I am famous for walking thru fabric sections in different stores and just "have to have" that fabric and will figure out what to do with it at a later time. I like Civil War repro fabrics…they certainly speak to my heart. As for patterns, I much prefer classic patterns. Something about them shows timelessness, and I like that.

    —Mary C. on January 19, 2019
  • When I need a quilt, the first thing I look for is the pattern. Then I search for the fabric starting with my stash but looking in a shop too.

    —Gloria on January 19, 2019
  • For me, it always is the design/pattern and then the colour of the quilt that gets inspired. Essentially fabric is hard to choose when looking at a picture. But it is essential that a quilt I make is made with good quality quilting fabric. Otherwise, there is no point too making the quilt.

    —Julie Beard on January 20, 2019
  • I find the pattern first. Then comes the fun job of picking fabric!

    —Janna Lee on January 20, 2019
  • It used to be the pattern, but lately, its the fabric. I think the fabric can make even an ordinary pattern look wonderful.

    —Barbara Ann Jones on January 20, 2019
  • I always what happens that draws my eye to a quilt. Usually it is colors and the combination of colors in fabrics.
    Donna

    —Donna McCormack on January 20, 2019
  • The pattern is a grabber as long as the quilter used some appealing fabrics so I’d have to say it’s a combination

    —Mo Shippee on January 21, 2019
  • I am inspired by the pattern and then I go through my fabric stash in my mind and interpret it with that way. I graph out the design in my mind and try to visualize how I could make it.

    —Linda Smith on January 21, 2019
  • I often see fabric and buy it because I lovr it, with no idea what I will do with it, but I have found that when I am inspired by the pattern first I am much better at producing a result I like, and it is much more economical on my budget.

    —Susan Ikin on January 21, 2019
  • Fabric always grabs me first. Love the colors, patterns, texture. Over the years, I have changed to purchasing darker tones in reds, browns, navy, mustard.

    —Sara Ray on January 22, 2019
  • I see a pattern and then go searching for the right fabrics.

    —Linda Taylor on January 22, 2019
  • I am almost always inspired by the pattern of a quilt. Too many times I find it difficult to stray atom the fabric featured in a quilt. When I do change the fabrics it is usually a 50/50 chance that I will be pleased.

    —Deborah on January 27, 2019

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