Guardian Angel quilt pattern by Linda Brannock
The contemporary quilt world lost a star in Linda Brannock who died last month.
Linda Brannock 1938-2015
Linda worked with many Kansas City area designers to create what we call the primitive look. It would be hard to overstate her influence on a certain style combining muted color, geometric prints, plaids, flannels, innovative sets, stylized florals and stars, stars, stars.
Linda Brannock and Rita Briner
From the Prairie with Joan Vibert
Three Flags Log Cabin Quilt
by Gerri Kimmel-Carr
I thought this was Linda's but it's another influential
Kansas City designer.
I met Linda in the 1980s when she was publishing clever designs with friends
for publishers like Red Wagon.
A certain wonky star became her signature image.
Here are some quotes from Linda at her Kansas City Star designer page:
"This all started when I wanted a quilt. In 1974, there were not many for sale and not any that I could afford. So I knew I would have to make one. Finally, I found a class and began this great journey.
I started teaching in 1980, to a group of friends in my basement. After practicing on friends, I taught at eight different places and traveled 200 miles a week.
I created patterns for local businesses: Quilt Country, then Evening Star Farm, Red Wagon and ... Quilter’s Station. I have loved the last 27 years – many joys and stresses. I've enjoyed traveling, teaching, attending quilt markets all over the U.S., and designing fabric for Moda.
I started my own pattern business, the Star Quilt Company, in 1993 and loved it for 10 years."
She and Jan Patek have partnered in designing fabric for Moda for years.
Linda's greatest joy was her family and her dogs.
Here she is with husband Bob and Sugar.
A digital world leaves us with strange access to memories. You can look at Linda's Pinterest pages and see what captured her eye over the past few years.