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Phyllis Dobbs is an designer, artist, and illustrator with a professional career of 24 years of creating patterns, licensed artwork, fabric design, product design, books, and needlework . She is known for her whimsical style and bright colors.






Phyllis creative endeavors with art and design are driven by her passion for color and shows her sense of whimsy. Her art is licensed for fabrics, gift and garden products, kits and patterns. Her fabric collections are produced by Quilting Treasures (a Cranston company) for sale by the yard.

Phyllis' designing is focused on unique quilt and sewing patterns. Her latest book, Asymmetrical Quilts, showcases off- centered quilt designs for a fun slant on traditional patterns as well as original applique design. She is working on several new patterns that will be available through this website.

A national teacher and speaker, Phyllis also conducts workshops and lectures for quilt shops and guilds. She has conducted numerous School House events at the International Quilt Market.

Phyllis began a creative career 26 years ago, designing quilts, embroidery and cross stitch in the needlework and crafts industry. She focused on textile patterns and created over 2000 designs and patterns for product lines, books, magazines and kit licensing. Her pattern designs are for quilts, clothing accessories and home decor as well as Christmas tree skirts and stockings.

For 2 years, Phyllis worked as a designer for a manufacturer, creating textile product lines that were sold worldwide. She commuted to China several times a year to oversee the the manufacture of product samples.

Phyllis has extensive computer skills in the use of Photoshop and Illustrator for creating, manipulating and formatting her art for product use as well as InDesign for creating publications and other specialty software. She creates patterns, art, and line art for product and textile design and art licensing.

Phyllis also keeps a close watch on the latest trends which keeps her art images and designs fresh. Her ability to spot trends has allowed her to serve on trend committees for several years, as well as serving on the Craft and Hobby Association Designer Trend Team and as the Trend Team Leader.

After growing up in Mobile, Alabama, Phyllis received her formal design training at the University of Alabama where she graduated with a BS in Interior Design. She creates her design magic in her Birmingham, AL home studio that feels like a tree house as it overlooks the trees and a creek below her home.

Some of Phyllis’ career highlights include

  • Designing needlework for the fashion industry by creating custom needlework designs for vintage clothing for Polo Ralph Lauren.
  • Designing fabric, since she has always loved and bought fabric, for any reason – color, design, or texture, just because they caught her eye.
  • Three full size quilt books.
  • Numerous television appearances showcasing her designs and techniques as well as promoting the crafts industry.
  • Winning the Plaid Horizons Award in 2003, a prestigious grant to use for career educational purposes.

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