QDS™ Challenge 2 Designer: Tom Rice

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Tom Rice QDS™ Challenge 2 Designer: Tom RiceWe asked Tom a few questions about this second challenge round:

Do you normally choose fabrics first and then start a design, or vice versa?

“Normally I choose the design or the scene first. Then I select the fabrics that will finish the story. There are so many effects that can be created with fabrics, and since there are 5 quilt shops in our area, I enjoy the hunt for the exact fabric for each design.  So having the fabric first created a bit of a dilemma for me. There were so many possibilities I had trouble seeing just one design.”

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Is that blue or green?

How has this 2nd challenge compared to the 1st challenge for you?

“Wow! At first I thought it would be much more complicated by having to use the paisleys. Then I realized that the fabric would lend a fluid approach to my artistic side. The first challenge design was difficult for me since I do not have a great deal of experience with using quilt blocks. I like using fabrics like a painter uses paint to design a scene. The second challenge has felt more comfortable because I can use the fabric to create a story.”

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Yellow or orange?

Share some of your feelings about your participation in the first 2 challenges of QDS™.

“I was really excited (blown away) to have been selected to participate in the first challenge. When I got the news about the 2nd challenge I was overwhelmed and flattered. Now I feel the pressure is really on to be able to create a fantastic quilt to stand up with the other talented ladies of the competition. There are some amazing designers in this contest and I only hope I can measure up to these high standards.”

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Tom designing at his work table.

Click here to read Tom Rice’s McCall’s Quilt Design Star™ 2012 bio page.

This update has been brought to you by Gammill, one of our fine QDS™ 2012 sponsors.

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2 Responses to QDS™ Challenge 2 Designer: Tom Rice

  1. Lisette Léveillé says:

    Hi Tom, I see you spend quite a bit of time fussy cut the fabric pattern. Can’t wait to see your design, you have a great sense of artistic in you. And don’t worry about us ladies; it is always great to see what the other side of the equation can bring in the world of quilting design. Best of Luck.

  2. Betty Monahan says:

    Hi Tom: A drafting table, architectural drawing tools and a calculator! Just what I would have in my dream studio! Also the five quilt shops nearby would be nice, too. Can’t wait to see the final product!

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