Quilting World Loses Another Star


Sad news – on March 12, 2013, Patricia B. Campbell passed away.

We knew Pat as a quilt artist, teacher, lecturer, and author of several AQS books. She was known for her unique style of Jacobean appliqué. Pat’s use of non-traditional style patterns and bold colors have won her many ribbons and awards. Her effervescent personality and sharing spirit are what changed students from fearing the “A word” to appliqué lovers.

Pat did not grow up in a family of quilt makers. She did not take her first quilting class until 1984. But she soon learned that the precision of piecing was just too confining. Living in Florida at the time, appliqué allowed her to create the botanical designs that she loved. She had done theorem painting so adapting those designs of baskets filled with fruits and flowers to fabric seemed only natural. But realistic flowers were not that appealing to her. She had always been drawn to the fantasy botanicals of the Jacobean-style crewel embroidery designs. Adapting the graceful curves and stylized leaves to appliqué designs won Pat many awards over the years. Pat won three Best of Show awards, one in Lancaster, Louisville, and Dallas, two Founders Awards in Houston, and two Pride of Dallas awards at the Dallas Quilt Celebration.

Not only was Pat an award-winning quilter and pattern designer, and author of seven books on appliqué, but she developed two fabric lines, Fossil Fern and Impressions, for Benartex. When asked about her use of bright colors and how she put the bold colors together, she laughed and replied “When magenta is your neutral, what else CAN you do?” Pat’s first nationally recognized quilt, Jacobean Arbor, taught the world that all backgrounds don’t have to be white or pale. Pat’s daring use of bright electric colors on a black background helped break the mold for standard quiltmaking, allowing us all to be more creative with colors.

We will miss our friend and awesome appliquér!

On May 11, a celebration of Pat’s life will be held at their home, 653 Goodwin Dr., Richardson, Texas, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Pat hated funerals and wanted instead to have her friends gather, look at her quilts, and remember the good times with her.
John invites you to join the celebration of Pat’s life.

You can send cards and messages to the love of Pat’s life, John VanPelt, who cared for her and kept us all apprised of her good times and bad.

John VanPelt
653 Goodwin Dr.
Richardson, TX 75081

Heaven now has another star.


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Bonnie, What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady.
I’m sure the new star is magenta!

Betty Foote

She was such a very special person.Her laughter was so wonderful. She lit up a room when she came in and boy could she teach. Color was her thing.

Becky Pyle

She was an artist! I loved flair for color. She has left quite a legacy for all quilters. Patriccia will be missed! Rest in Paradise, my friend!

Vicky C

We will all miss a very talented woman!

Several years ago I was making a quilt using one of Pat’s fabric lines, a bright jacobean floral on a gorgeous yellow background and ran 1/2 yard short. I searched everywhere to no avail as the line was out of print. I emailed Pat to ask if she knew of any source for the fabric. One week later, a yard arrived in my mailbox along with one of her fabulous marking pens.

I was so truly touched. She will be sorely missed. And the loss is ours.

JoAnn W

I had the pleasure of meeting Pat and taking a few classes when I attended Houston Quilt Festival from 2000-2005. Pat was a force to be reckoned with! Her fun personality just expanded outwardly wherever she went! I will never forget being able to spot her with her western outfits with matching (colorful) cowboy hats…what a wonderful woman she was!

Velia Lauerman

Patricia gave a tremendous Show in AnnArbor describing details then threw the Quilt into the Audience for a closer look… Wow !

Regenia Martin

She is sleeping in death now but when she is resurrected she can live forever here on earth and once again use her hands to the full. Psalm 37:29 “The righteous will possess the earth and live forever on it”