Monday, January 3, 2011

A Wedding Quilt for Joseph and Annie

Despite the fact that it's 9:30 in the morning here in CST, my new pattern is ready for prime time. I posted a few teasers about it back in November, but today I'm ready to release the pattern as well as post additional pictures.
First, some information about the quilt and pattern. I'm calling this A Wedding Quilt for Joseph and Annie partly because the design was inspired by an amazing creative couple, Joseph and Annie Albers, pioneers in post World War II design and painting and partly because at 69" x 69", it's a perfect size to cuddle under. Though I've read a lot about Joseph and Annie Albers, I can't attest to how much cuddling they did, but I'm all for encouraging that.  
The pattern is fully illustrated and includes something that may be unique to quilt patterns. I actually thought of it because I'm a knitter. It struck me that all knitting patterns include information about the yarn used in the sample. This is included despite the fact that gauge is listed as well. I think the assumption is, and it's often correct, that a lot of knitters might want to use that exact yarn, maybe even in the same color, so they'd like to know what to buy. Listing exactly what fabrics were used in a given quilt might not always be practical, especially with a quilt that has lots of different fabrics or focuses on scraps, but in this design, where the sample was made entirely out of Kona cottons, listing the specific colors based on the Kona color card seemed like a handy addition.
 Obviously, you can use these colors or not. That's still up to you, but I thought you might want the information and it was simple enough to include, so there you have it.
I'll probably work up a second sample in a totally different color palette because this simple design really lends itself to playing with color.
I'm also offering two different purchase options. You can go to my Etsy store and purchase it there or click on this cute little button in the right-hand sidebar and that will take you directly to Paypal.
Also, because I'm super excited about this pattern, I'm giving away two copies of the pattern to a couple of lovely readers. So, if you'd like to roll the dice on that and see if you're one of the lucky winners, leave a comment and I'll select a pair of winners. I'll take comments through Tuesday at 8:00pm CST and announce the winner on Wednesday.

See you then!

69 comments:

Kathy said...

I love how your mind works. You can take what would be a pattern that is very ordinary and make it sing. Beautiful work.

Lynn said...

Love the pattern! I enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for writing and sharing!!

Amy said...

This is really beautiful, Malka! Are you going to be offering the pattern wholesale to shops? Beautiful quilt patterns are not so easy to come by!

Pam said...

Love the orange...this quilt has a lot of zing!! Santa brought me your book and I am loving it!!

knottygnome said...

i like the addition of the colors used. it's very handy info to have, even if you don't plan to use the same colors.

Edith Bieri said...

Love these pattern as well as your book. Love also to read your blog!
Edith

DianeY said...

Really nice-love the colors you used!

gill said...

I love this pattern!
I look forward to the second version in a different colourway!

stitchinpenny said...

Great pattern and wonderful story. I think cuddling with your loved one is great.

momto2wasd said...

I especially love the name and for whom it was named!

Deb said...

This quilt is amazing! I'd love to take the pattern and make it my own, but your color selection is perfect.

Megs said...

This is a really lovely pattern and it certainly does encourage the maker to play with color. I love that! can't wait to see your next sample in another palette!

Katie said...

I was going to tell you how beautiful this quilt was when I first saw the photo of it in my blog roll list. If I won the free pattern I'd be tickled pink too! LOL. You do such amazing work - I love the clean, modern-look of your dyed fabric quilts.

alobsiger said...

Your new quilt and pattern are wonderful! What a great graphic punch. So wonderful, Malka!! And thanks for the giveaway!

Alice R. said...

Oooh, love the colors, and the Eames era kind of look of this. Put my name in in all caps! Thank you for the generous gift.

Anna said...

I love the simplistic nature - and the bright mix of colors! Congrats on a great quilt!

Sarah said...

So graphic, I love it!

Charlotte said...

what a beautiful quilt! I'm looking for a pattern for a wedding quilt, and this is perfect!

Kirstin said...

What a great way to start the new year, with another amazing quilt! Thanks so much for your talent and this giveaway.

holly p said...

This is such a lovely pattern! I love the colors you used.

mcregan said...

OK--I'll give it a shot; I would love to have this pattern! Thanks for the giveaway! Happy New Year; I will continue to enjoy following your blog. Also, I purchased your book over my break! I love it!!!

Johanna said...

Beautiful quilt, I just got a sewing machine for Christmas so would love any patterns I could get!

Happy Quilter said...

Lovely colours, lovely pattern and lovely quilting yes I love it!

Amy Gordon-Pruden said...

I really wish more companies would do that with sewing patterns. I often see quilt and clothing patterns and wish I could buy that exact same fabric or just out of curiosity, I wonder what it is. I'm hoping to win a copy. Thanks for the inspiration, I love the new book!

bookwormbethie said...

it's a gorgeous quilt pattern and i would be so lucky to win it! the color palette you chose is so bright and warm and cozy!

MariQuilts said...

Beautiful Quilt. I love the simplicity of the pattern and the amazing use of colour.

Jenny said...

me...rolling the dice after kissing them! hope im the lucky one!

judy said...

I love this pattern and use of colors.

beth lehman said...

Malka - I love your work! What a beauty!

floribunda... aka Julie said...

what a lovely quilt! I've been looking for reasons to use more solid fabrics, so I'd be thrilled to win a copy of your new pattern.

Sequana said...

What a wonderful use of solids. Yes, it is nice to be able to match them if you need to.

I guess I'll wait to see if I win before I buy. *S* But I'll get this one way or the other.

Melody said...

Love to see the usage of solids, and such a fun color combination. Enjoying your book and your blog! Thanks and best in the new year to all!

Katie said...

This post came at such a great time for me. I've got 2 sets of friends I owe wedding gifts too. How awesome would it be to give them something handmade with some history behind it?!

Paula Ganyard said...

great quilt

Kristy said...

I'm really loving bold geometric patterns and quilts from solids at the moment and this is one fine example.

Well done!

bekki said...

I love your work, your quilts look soo simpel but very beautiful

cheers from germany
rebekka

E. Ma Shelly said...

Another of your lovely colorful creations!
I love this quilt, your work is amazing, Malka. I actually keep your book next to my bed to browse before I go to sleep!

Marijke van Swaaij said...

It's a beauty and i am very curious how this quilt is constructed!

thegoose said...

What a lovely tribute. I am also a huge fan of both Josef and Anni Albers. Fun pattern that clearly made a beautiful quilt. :)

MG said...

Love the color combo! I never would have come up with that on my own. Fingers crossed that I am one of the lucky winners.

Kristin L said...

I love the simplicity of this quilt (and not just because i'm a fan of Joseph Albers). I can see it being a very versatile pattern. Including fabric information seems like a nice bonus for those who might be curious about it. I have a Kaffe Fasset book that includes which fabrics his team has used. I don;t know if he does that for all his books or not, but, again, it seems like nice information to have "just on case," especially when one uses fabrics that will stick around a while like teh Kona solids do. It would n't work if one was using, say, Heather Ross fabrics that are gone when they're sold out.

Audrey said...

Absolutely stunning, and I can't wait to make my own. My sewing skills are all warmed up after making a dozen of your potholders for Christmas gifts. Your book was my one gift to myself!

Jennifer said...

i love this. the graphic pattern and the colors you've used. i'm sad it's only 60x60, but i think i've already figured out how to hack this pattern to a bedside quilt.

anniem said...

Once again I love what you've done Malka. Your vision of colour simply amazes me. Thanks.

Leigh said...

Count me in, I'd love to win that pattern!

laura said...

Beautiful, beautiful use of color. Love your patterns. Thanks for the chance to win!

mek said...

I love it in the solids, but also think prints would be beautiful - like all florals!

elizabethdx said...

That is one gorgeous quilt! Thank you for listing the Kona colors -- such a help, in so many ways. By the way, I think Cherri House has started to list her colors as well. I hope the two of you are starting a trend.

traceyjay said...

love the effect here.

so beautiful.

Siobhan Rogers said...

I love the straight lines and way you have quilted it - colour's are fantastic.

Kristine said...

Thank you so much Malka, for including the fabrics you used. So often I admire a quilt and wish to recreate it exactly. I'm very timid when it comes to putting multiple colours together, so my quilts often lack the vibrancy of the quilt bloggers I admire. So that is a very handy and excellent addition to your pattern. I hope that sets a new trend in pattern writing.

Now all you need is one of your favourite fabric stores to sell the fabric kits and I'll be lining up to buy both the pattern and the fabric.

emilysmithpearce said...

I love this! I'm a big fan of solids in quilts, and it's totally Albers----cool inspiration

Happyme said...

Beautiful quilt! Would love the chance to win the pattern!

Patti said...

I love your work so much! Would love this pattern!

cheryl norwood said...

Love it and would love the pattern---thanks for inspiring me.

Mariel said...

Rolling my dice here! Gorgeous.

Kristine said...

Love the colors! Can't wait to play with the pattern!

kelly mae said...

i'm all for cuddling! love the new quilt pattern!

Anonymous said...

I love the contrast potential this quilt presents, I hope you'll try perhaps a positive-negative take on it!

MissyH

Marjorie said...

This is a gorgeous and beautifully clean pattern. I'd love to take a shot at making it.

Anonymous said...

I think your new quilt " A Wedding quilt for Joseph and Annie" is very cool and interesting. I googled them to learn more about them and one thing i noticed right away is.. "Anni" is how she spelled her name.

Julie @ Jaybird Quilts said...

beautiful design! i love your color selection!

Gumbo Lily said...

Great quilt! I like Kona Cottons and I appreciate your idea to include the colors in your instructions. I'm enjoying your blog very much.

Jody

susan in seattle said...

Your work has opened up my way of thinking about design and color. I just love what you do and would be honored to be a winner!

Sheetal said...

I'm in love with solids and so this quilt is right up my alley! I started swapping handmade/ quilted items with your potholder swap last year and haven't looked back since! thanks!

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Stitch-n-Lounge said...

What a lovely quilt. I'd love to win the pattern and recreate it in colors to match my living room.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate your efforts trying to link the knitting world and the quilting world! I think part of the reason for listing the yarn used also is because different fibers create different drape when made into cloth. Think silk vs wool/felt. Sometimes the drape of the knitted fabric is just as integral to the design as the color, etc.

Patch said...

I just discovered you through another blogg. I have no idea which one as I have spent the last hour or so of my life thoroughly enjoying yours!! Love your style, color choices and energy. I just purchased your newest book and am considering the one about dyeing(Could I really do that?)