Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Charms and Barres

Little side note before I get into the heart of this post: My hobo bag that's featured on the cover of Tricia Waddell's new book, The Best of Stitch: Bags to Sew, came back to me yesterday and, within minutes of opening the package, I  loaded it full of yoga supplies and headed off to class. I'm so happy to have it back!

Anyway, back to my real point or rather points for being here today.

This:
and this:
One explanation at a time.
The first image is of a simple quilt I'm calling Baby Barres using the solids from my Simple Marks collection for Moda. For those of you who knit and read the Purl Bee, you might just recognize the inspiration for this baby quilt. It's my sewn and quilted take on the Super Easy Baby Blanket.
I've long been influenced by knitting patterns, though why I knit in Texas remains mysterious to me. Be that as it may, knitted and crocheted designs often inspire me.
It's incredibly easy to make, just seam together 6 full length, quarter yard pieces (9" x 44"), along their long ends and, voila, you have your pieced top.
I remember the first time I saw the knitted version on the Purl Bee. I thought it was so simple and really quite beautiful in its simplicity. Well, I think this version captures that. Also, you can really adjust the basic design to suit your tastes just by selecting different solids. And, for those of you who love the quilting part of quilt making, this design is great place to let your stitching prowess show. So, give it a try and let me know what you think.

As for the second image, well, that there is a pair of charm packs of my Simple Marks Summer line slated to be released this April. This pair is being offered to two of my lovely readers by a terrific sponsor, Marmalade Fabrics. I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Tammy, proprietress of Marmalade Fabrics, at Quilt Con a couple of weeks ago and she's just as fabulous in person as she's been over the phone and via email over the past year or so.
So, if you'd like a chance to win one of these, leave a comment and I'll pick and announce a winner on Friday.

106 comments:

Brenda said...

pick me, pick me! thanks for the chance.

lemonade sandwich said...

I can't wait to see these fabrics in person!

Michele said...

Your new fabric looks yummy.

Paula said...

I really love how the baby quilt turned out. The colours are stunning. I am looking forward to the release of Simple Marks Summer. Thanks for the chance to win some now.

craftykaren said...

Simple and yet such a strong design due to color and color placement, plus some nice quilting! Would love to have the charm pack and thanks for offering this giveaway.

hollymade said...

Beautiful!

Poppyprint said...

I love the colours you choose for your fabric lines - they're unique and not found anywhere else. I like that. I could add these 2 charm packs to the 10 of your last line, still patiently waiting for a queen size massive scrappy zizzag quilt. I am undecided on background solid!

pennydog said...

I would LOVE one, if only to push me to order a F8 bundle!

kerryATpenny-dog.co.uk

Domestic Bliss said...

Your baby barres quilt is awesome! The quilting looks like knitting stitches!
And your Simple Marks Summer line is so vibrant. It would sure cheer up any space in a hurry!
Nice work... thanks for sharing.

Alisa said...

Love the baby quilt!

You could always send your knitting up here to Canada :)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Lovely colors and i thank you for holding this give away.

Laura said...

I love Simple Marks!! We are hoping to get Malka to our guild this summer.

misplacedpom said...

This quilt looks like a great way to practice and show off free motion quilting!

Jessica said...

Love that quilt- the simplicity and the great colors!

stitchinpenny said...

The simplicity and vibrancy make the fabrics and quilt amazing.

Tina Short said...

Love the quilt..and the fabric.

Leila said...

Love the summer colors!!! Thanks!

mjb said...

I like how the quilting stitches give the texture of knitting.

Lisa C said...

Don't you get jealous when you read blogs from people up north and they are talking about snow and knitting and snow and knitting? Dallas, TX is cooler than Austin but yes, knitting is an interesting hobby in Texas. Thanks for the chance to win!

iherba said...

Esas telas sn un diseño precioso y el color me encanta. Cualquier Quilt que se haga con ellas quedaría precioso. Un saludos

Segelfliege said...

I just discovered knitting for myself and I love it.
That fabric looks really special - I would love to call it mine.

Amy said...

Such a fan of your work!

Gill said...

I love the baby quilt! Simple and stunning!

Jill said...

I've been waiting for inspiration for a baby quilt I want to make for a friend. These fabrics are perfect!

Holly said...

I'm very excited about your new fabrics and am even thinking of dyeing my own based on your book of techniques!

Maggie said...

Your fabric line is stunning!

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Loved the Super Easy Baby Blanket on PurlBee too, but my knitting skills are rusty and I enjoy playing with fabric more than yarn. Can't wait to make your interpretation, it is lovely. Thanks for sharing a great idea.

Norma's Clay said...

So vibrant! I love them! Thanks for the chance to win and for creating amazing designs.

Nina said...

That's a really nice quilt. Gives me an idea for a little new boy coming in June... Thanks for the giveaway! I love your fabrics, such vibrant and saturated colors!

Catherine said...

I would love to win some of that beautiful fabric! Thanks for the chance.

Janny said...

Beautiful fabric! Thanks for the giveaway.

Pamela S. said...

I'd love to win these beautiful charms and thanks for hosting the giveway! Am making a star quilt now with 2 Stitch in Color charm packs and enjoying creating with them ~

Patricia said...

I am a fan of all your fabric lines! I sure hope I win!!

Jessica Killpack said...

Wow awesome fabric. I really like the colors you chose! I like it a lot. Thanks for the giveaway!

Gemma L said...

I love this fabric, can't wait to have a play with it!

wendy402 said...

such delicious fabric.. I would so enjoy 'playing' with it~

jmj said...

love the bright colors!!!!!

Amy said...

I always love your color sense. Looking forward to sewing with this new line!

Kat Scott said...

Love your colors... thanks for a chance to win!

Vicki H said...

Wow, love those bright colors. Thanks for the chance to win.

Judy Fowler said...

I would love for that fabric to be mine and stay in Texas.

Lin said...

I really love your Baby Barres Malka - so simple and stunning! I have a baby quilt to make in the next few months and this is just the inspiration I need. I am a hand quilter so I am thinking kantha here. Thank you.

Jane S. said...

Well of course I'd like a chance to win -- your fabrics are so much fun!

I'm a big fan of the Baby Bars knitted blankie too, it never occurred to me to do it in fabric. Great idea! :)

Amanda K said...

Love your fabrics!
AmandaK@whatthebobbin

Debra Lee said...

I love love that baby quilt!

Leona said...

Your baby quilt is gorgeous! Thanks for a chance to win such happy and cheerful fabrics... :0)

SuzyMcQ said...

I am literally salivating looking at your new line, Malka!
It looks incredible and, win or not, I have to grab some up as soon as it's out! A big congratulations to you!

Anonymous said...

Hello I really ned that charm pack

lindaroo said...

Oh, I would love to win these, and use them to make a Hobo Bag!

Susan said...
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Susan said...

Amazingly rich colors. Can't wait for your new fabric line to be released.

Heather Bassett said...

Great giveaway thanks. Your books have really inspired me back into the quilting world.
hezbez13(at)gmail(dot)come - Apparently I am sometimes a no reply blogger.

HollyM said...

I absolutely love your fabric! Lovely giveaway!

Rachel said...

Ooh! I love this fabric.

Susan said...

Your fabric is fantastic! I'd love to win

Sue said...

These look gorgeous!

tricia said...

i loved taking your batik class @ quiltcon! would love to win some bits of your new fabric! :)

Anne said...

Great fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win them.

Ben_D said...

Great prize!

Patti said...

Gorgeous fabrics! Thanks for a wonderful giveaway.

Esch House Quilts said...

I'd love a charm pack of Simple Marks! I wish I'd had a chance to meet you at QuiltCon :(

Rosa said...

These fabrics are stunning and remind me the warm days.

Sarah said...

I love the new colrways!

mek said...

Oh I would love to win one of those packs - there is no chance my LQS will get this line in (things are very traditional over there)!

A Quilters Playhouse said...

Thanks for hosting the giveaway and can't wait for Simple Marks to be available. Enjoyed the class with you at Quiltcon.

Jennifer said...

Would love to try your new fabric

Teri said...

Great idea for a simple, easy baby blanket.

Arita said...

The new fabrics are beautiful; would love to add them to my stash.

Jen LL said...

I would love to sew with your beautiful fabrics!

jen said...

Thanks for the chance at the giveaway! I follow you on pinterest and clicked over here .... you always have such great stuff. :)

Shari said...

Yeah! Been waiting for the release of the "summer" version!

Dolly said...

Oh, I want some of these fabrics everytime you show them ! Please pick my comment !

I like that quilt in it's simplicity too !

Heather B said...

The baby quilt is amazing! I would love to learn how to knit one day, but in 5 months we will be moving back to Texas. lol

Linda Frankiewicz said...

I would love the opportunity to put your fabric in a quilt. I just love all your colors! I will hope for the best!! Thank you! I love your baby quilt.

Michele Pacey said...

I can't not enter. It's just too good.

cindy said...

Love this new line! Would be fun to play with.... I adored your last line of fabrics also!!

Annette Zautcke said...

I have already made a quilt of stacked coins with this line but summer colors? Oh yeah!

Lou said...

these are awesome! thanks for having a give-away:)

Anonymous said...

A very exciting charm pack! Looking forward to the April debut.

Valerie - vjwildman at yahoo . com

Rumi said...

I am sure this time I WIN! :)

Nykie said...

Yummy colours!!

meli B said...

I loved your last line of colours. Glad you have put out a new range.

Tammy said...

Love the baby quilt. Simplicity at it's best. Yet extemely modern. Love the bright colors. I'm a brights kinda gal. Thanks for a chance to enter for the fabric giveaway. It looks gorgeous. Would love to be the proud new owner. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

Margaret said...

When everything is covered with snow and its falling yet again, those colours just make me think of summer!

Gunilla said...

Lovely fabric and prints! I would love to make a quilted tote, pattern Moda bake shop. The colors make me happy!!!

Pam said...

I'd love to win these beautiful charms - thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Lee Anne said...

I have always loved your fabric/quilt designs....love your use of glorious COLOR!!!

{beige cannelle} said...

I really love the colours of your fabrics ...

Tereza Lundáková said...

I love your fabrics. I send you regards from Europe.

Austysmum said...

I'll happily enter your draw! Love the bright colours.

Anonymous said...

Such wonderful and bright colors - I'd love to win these fabrics.
Thank you so much for this giveaway.
Martina

Anonymous said...

just gorgeous I'm always drawn to lovely bright things xxx

Diane said...

Ooh can't wait to get these! Thanks for the giveaway.

Melanie said...

So happy I just discovered your blog.

Sewjournal said...

These Simple Marks fabrics are gorgeous. The colours are just so vibrant.

Pamela S. said...

Beautiful fabrics and awesome creativity!!

Jean said...

What a beautiful collection!

Jean said...

What a beautiful collection!

Gabi said...

Why not send one of these packs overseas? I've been a fan of yours for a long time, have both your books and buy your fabric when I can get hold of it here in Germany. Love the new line!

KarenH said...

I saw your new fabric line at QuiltCon. I want them!

Debbie Littlejohn said...

I love this fabric; hope I get lucky and win some.

Anonymous said...

I've admired your work for a long time and can't wait to add your new line to my stash.

Heather in Montreal (hmcclure@sympatico.ca) said...

I would love one of these. Its the bright colours and simple designs I love the most!

Leisurely Lesley said...

Thanks for this opportunity and to Marmalade Fabrics. Hope I win!

Val said...

I've been a fan for quite some time and it's been fun to watch you grow! Looking forward to seeing the new kine!

bobbie23nc said...

Oh yeah, I like this fabric, no wait I love this fabric!