Friday, July 31, 2009

The Perks

One of the perks of designing patterns other than the excitement of being published and, of course, the paycheck, is the thrill of seeing how others interpret your ideas. In the past couple of weeks I've been lucky enough to run into several interpretations of two different designs.
I was anticipating the first because Blair over at wisecraft commented here a while back that she was working on her own version of my Tuesday Pillow design from the Spring issue of Stitch . Take a gander at these beautiful pillows. I love the fabrics she chose and having read the accompanying post I know that, having misplaced the instructions, she just felt her way through the process. That's the best way to craft a project like this. It really opens the door for you to put your own methods and aesthetic into the finished product.
The second design I ran into on flickr. Rita from Red Pepper Quilts is a contact of mine and she posted this bit of lovliness. Not too long after, I saw the same design, crafted by a different maker and just as fabulous.
Seeing both of the latter quilts reminded me that I'd never taken any of my own pictures of this quilt or, for that matter, even mentioned that it existed. Maybe because I designed the quilt for the British magazine, Sew Hip, and it's not available here in the states I forgot about it. Or maybe because the magazine came out in April and that just seems so long ago. Whatever my excuse, the other day I decided to rectify the oversight.


The design is called Strips and Bricks and it's ever so simple, but perfect for using up different shades of whites and graphic prints from your stash.


This one is about baby quilt/lap quilt size, but it's very easy to enlarge this pattern. Just make more strips of the bricks.
If you have access to back issues of Sew Hip and happen to make a version of this quilt or any of my other published designs, please email me an image. I would get such a huge kick out of seeing it.

10 comments:

Terriaw said...

That magazine is available in the States. Check your local bookstore or Barnes & Noble, which always has it on the magazine racks. I also have a subcription to it. Lovely quilts!

Lisa C. said...

I love the quilt! And photographing your work in outside environments gave me inspiration to try it myself. My newest blog post is my newest doll amongst my grape vines!

Leah/ Texas/ United States said...

i surfed into your flikr photostream today and fell in LOVE with your 'quilt for nate' - what AMAZING colors!!!!

i'll definitely be checking out your blog!

Bec Clarke said...

Do you know what issue your quilt is in. I am thinking of buying some back issues and that looks like a pattern I could use alot.

Malka Dubrawsky said...

Bec- It's in the April 2009 issue.

Rebecca said...

I absolutely adore this quilt but can't find the magazine anywhere. Would you be willing to give the dimensions of the strips and bricks? I'll understand if you can't. Love the blog. Your work is stunning and such a pleasure to look at. Thanks for sharing it with us!

The Mighty RandR said...

Wow. That is really beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Aviva said...

What a coincidence, I saw a strips and bricks quilt just yesterday and didn't know how to describe it but jotted the idea in my inspiration book. Now today, you give me a name and a great image to work from, of the several quilts I've seen yours is my favorite.

jenny said...

I love this design! I made a version a while back - I didn't have the pattern, so I approximated it from the pictures I saw by Red Pepper Quilts.

http://blempgorf.blogspot.com/2009/07/baby-quilt-of-rectangles-and-squares.html

It's a great pattern for charm packs - the rectangles as half of a charm, and the square blocks as a quarter of a charm square.

Sharon M said...

I love this quilt. I want to buy the pattern but I can't find it. Any idea where I can find it besides the magazine? Thanks in advance.