Five Questions with Pamela Goecke Dinndorf of Aardvark Quilts
Recently, Quilt talked to Pam Dinndorf, who designed Autumn Blaze, the cover quilt for the October-November issue.
QUILT: How did you come up with this pattern?
PD: I have always been obsessed with stripes and their limitless potential. I wanted to create a quilt using nothing but stripes exploiting that potential. I collected stripes with as much variety as possible, i.e., various widths, evenly spaced stripes, two-colored stripes, multi-colored stripes, bold stripes, subtle stripes, etc., and played around with the dynamic combinations.
QUILT: How did you decide the color palette and then the color placement for the blocks in this quilt?
PD: It was a 2-step process. The color palette was very broad and simply any colors that I was drawn to. The individual block palette was determined by auditioning different hues and seeing how well they read together. Sometimes I combined like or analogous hues, while other times I was exploring unexpected partners. Once all blocks were completed, I laid the blocks out on a design wall and tweaked them until I achieved a “selective random” arrangement that considered value, hue, and pattern of stripe to create the illusion of various planes near and far away.
PD: All of the striped fabric is by Kaffe Fassett from Westminster Fibers. I was drawn to the rich colors and the great variety and rhythm in the pattern of the stripes.
QUILT: How was the machine quilting chosen for this quilt?
PD: Due to the highly graphic nature of the fabrics, the quilt didn’t need the quilting to be an additional design element so I chose to enhance the piecing only by quilting “next to the ditch.”
QUILT: What is your favorite thing about this quilt?
PD: That would have to be the illusion of different planes created by the placement of value and hue.