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Questions with Pamela Goecke Dinndorf of Aardvark Quilts

Recently, Quilt talked to Pam Dinndorf, who designed Gone Fishin’, the cover quilt for the Simple Quilts & Sewing Fall 2011 issue.

QUILT: How did you come up with this pattern?

PD: The pattern was inspired by a skyview of platte lines or a street grids.  One title consideration was Neighborhoods.

QUILT: How did you decide the color palette and then the color placement for the blocks in this quilt?

PD: I was visualizing a very broad color palette on this particular version of this quilt while picking from vintage and reproduction printed stripes like civil war shirtings.

QUILT: What do you like best about the fabrics you used and why did they work well for this quilt?

PD: What I like best is the great variety I was able to find in value, hue, and stripe pattern, such as width and rhythm.  This creates the illusion of many different dimensions.

QUILT: Did you design/make this quilt with anyone particular in mind?

PD: I didn’t have a particular person in mind, but I did envision it being used at a ball game to cuddle up in to ward off the evening breezes.

QUILT: How was the machine quilting chosen for this quilt?

PD: I chose the machine quilting (quilting “next to the ditch”) to merely enhance the piecing since the fabrics are graphic enough on their own.

QUILT: What is your favorite thing about this quilt?

PD: The way that it says,”Reach out and touch me.”

QUILT: How did you get started with quilting or designing?

PD: I have been fascinated with color and fabrics ever since I can remember.  My first memories of quilting are pre-kindergarten.  I have worked with design in fashion and interior design, and now quilting since 2003.

Deb Hearn, Editor-in-Chief

Lisa Swenson Ruble, Managing Editor

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  • Tannis says:

    Posted October 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I have been trying to find similiar fabric so I too can make the “Gone Fishing” quilt. Where did you get your fabric?

  • Deborah Hearn says:

    Posted October 12, 2011 at 3:29 am

    It appears the designer used a variety of fabrics from reproduction prints and shirtings to perhaps what she had in her stash. Have fun collecting your own stack of thin & broad stripes plus solids to make your unique version of this quilt!

  • Betty Huffman says:

    Posted May 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I am working on the Sunflower Wall Hanging from the Quilt Almanac (2003) – directions on page 111. There is not a measurement or a template for the center of the sunflower. Can someone give me that template or measurement? Or am I not seeing the template…. help.

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