Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Somewhat discouraged...

I've been visiting the Moda Bakeshop since pretty much its inception ---- I love that magical place! And I won't deny a deep and abiding love, too, for quite a few of the Moda pre-cuts.  {grin}  In my down time, I dig drawing patterns that are "Perfect for Pre-cuts" (yes, clever, but also a magazine name....I digress).

Last week I drafted a pattern for a throw quilt I named "Casablanca" that worked well with a 10" layer cake --- I was inspired by the quatrefoil repeat, Moorish tile, and a West Elm rug. Inspiration strikes in the strangest places, but I have friends living in northern Africa who are coming soon for a visit and were on my mind. I've been intending to make quilts for each of their 4 (soon to be 5!) kiddos and thought a taste of their adopted homeland might be a nice touch.

In the end, I felt the pattern was fun, cute, and rather nifty. Such that I finally talked myself into filling out the submission form and sending off my little one for consideration as a Bakeshop feature. I draw in solids, so I tracked down thumbnails of BasicGrey's fall line, Persimmon, and used those as my fabric starting points. (I can't be the only one who loves the fact that BasicGrey and Cosmo Cricket designs are available on both paper AND fabric, right???) Gorgeous, yes, yes!

Today as I was wandering through the various blogs I like to wander through from time to time, I came across some new pattern releases by Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies. She posted them yesterday and honestly, my heart sank when I got halfway through the post. To me it's obvious our block construction is different and the overall pattern isn't a mirror image, but I am very bummed that my darling Casablanca is channeling the same vibe as Emily's Urban Trellis. Before today I'd never seen her pattern ---- in pictures, person, on the web, or anywhere. I don't know why this makes me so sad, except for the fact that I finally worked up the courage to submit something I'd made...only to discover somebody else was slightly ahead of me.  {sigh}


  1. Your pattern is very pretty. Sometimes we all just draw something that is similar. That happened to me over 10 yrs ago. Just keep submitting. It's is fun submitting projects and making them for the Moda Bake Shop.

  2. I understand your feelings. Keep on trying and remember, many people get the same ideas.