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.
653 Goodwin Dr.
Richardson, TX 75081
Heaven now has another star.