Malka Dubrawsky is one of the quilters I admire most. I am constantly inspired by her use of color, her graphic fabrics and quilt designs that look difficult, but are really straightforward. She uses shapes and patterns in the most interesting ways. Her latest pattern, Klee's Trees, is no exception.
In Malka's words,
A while back I traveled to Switzerland and saw so many amazing things, but not the Bern Bears. Rather, I opted to visit the Klee Museum and view an extensive array of work by the artist, Paul Klee. I was especially struck by his drawings of trees. They were simple, stylized and abstracted.
I came home knowing I wanted to translate those drawings into a quilt pattern and, after several attempts, came upon a block design that I feel captures the essence of Klee’s trees.
This simple-to-piece block is graphic and clean and has a decidedly modern feel. Craft it in solids against a dark or light background or play with warm and cool colored prints to differentiate the “trees” from the “forest”.
I was happy that Malka asked me to share this pattern with you. More specifically, I was excited to make the block and have a chance to play a bit! While I love Malka's use of solid fabrics, I was intrigued to see how the modern shape would translate if I used a more traditional fabric for the tree. I chose a guava colored shot cotton and a Liberty print from my stash and just love how they look together. Even with a fussier print as the main fabric, this block still has a decidedly modern feel to it. Can't you just see a whole quilt of Liberty Klee's Trees? I can!
You can get your own copy of Malka's Klee's Trees pdf pattern in her etsy store.
She is also offering TWO copies of the pattern as a giveaway to my readers. To be eligible for the random drawing, please comment on this post before Sunday, May 18th at 5:00 pm EST. Good luck!