Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Use Your Illusion - Allison Sews' Version

In the middle of December, I got an e-mail from Allison of Allison Sews asking for permission to enter her version of my quilt pattern Use Your Illusion into QuiltCon West.  She sent me a picture of her amazing quilt and in addition to telling her she definitely had my permission to enter the quilt, I asked and received her permission to show off her version on my blog.


I was intrigued by Allison's version as I had never really thought of about making the pattern with different colors.  My original version (which was the Pattern of the Month for March 2015 for the Modern Quilt Guild) which will be hanging in the Pattern of the Month exhibit at QuiltCon West was made using just two colors: black and white.


Allison made the quilt as a bee quilt in the Do Good Stitches group. She describes the group as "The Emerge circle of Do Good Stitches is made up of quilters and stitchers spread throughout the US. Our group happens to all be members of the MQG also so we had easy access to this pattern. Each month, the quilters take turns deciding on a design and color scheme for that month's quilt. The other members make blocks and send them to the quilter for assembly, quilting, and finishing. Our quilts are then donated to teens in need via Youth Emergency Services in Omaha, NE. You can follow along with us and see the other quilts we are making on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/groups/2835585@N21/pool/ or #emergecircledogood on Instagram."
I asked Allison how she came up with such an interesting color scheme, I never would have thought to combine lavendar with the reds and blacks and oranges but it works so well.  Allison told me that she was inspired by this Design Seeds picture.


Isn't the quilting awesome too?  The spirals are a great accompaniment to the design.  Great News - Allison's version of Use Your Illusion, which she has called Emerging Illusion was juried into QuiltCon West!  You can see both versions hanging in the show!

Thank you so much Allison for allowing me to showcase your wonderful quilt on my blog!


23 comments:

  1. Wow, love Allison's take on it.

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  2. It has to be so gratifying to see another version of your design! And wonderful to see them together! Love em both!

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  3. Both versions are so striking. Isn't it great that she took your idea and flew with it.

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  4. Both versions are so striking. Isn't it great that she took your idea and flew with it.

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  5. Both of your quilts sum up nicely what I love about quilting. You can take the same pattern and change up color, or print or quilting and have two very different and unique pieces. Congrats to both of you for making it into QuiltCon!

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  6. I look forward to seeing these quilts at QuiltCon West. Very exciting.

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    PS - I'm finding it really easy to follow you via http://mycreativebloglist.blogspot.com/, although I still follow you via a variety of tools.

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  7. How fun and exciting that both your quilts will be there! Alison's version is striking and softer looking, while yours is exhilarating and dramatic. People will enjoy being able to see the two of them.
    Kudos to Allison's Emerge Circle group for the wonderful work they do with Youth Emergency Services!

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  8. Thanks for creating such a great pattern for us to use! I'm looking forward to seeing yours there also!

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  9. Cheryl, I'm a member of EMERGE, and Allison's vision for this quilt made it show worthy. It's a great story of how modern quilters from all over the US are working together and how the MQG has brought us all together in advancing modern quilting. It's nice that your design was a part of this experience. Perhaps the MQG should share this story in their newsletter -- to remind members they can use the free patterns.

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  10. How wonderful!! What better confirmation that your patterns are amazing? It's always fun to see what other people do with a pattern! So much creativity!

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  11. What's the saying? Imitation is the highest form of flattery? Allison definitely put her own spin on it; it's still your idea, but her own flavor comes through. :)

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  12. This is gorgeous! It takes on a whole new look when made with different colors!

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  13. Very cool. And a win - win for both of you. I love how Alison used that color palette and gave the pattern a completely different look and feel - (visually), to her version of your design. Well done.

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  14. Very cool. And a win - win for both of you. I love how Alison used that color palette and gave the pattern a completely different look and feel - (visually), to her version of your design. Well done.

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  15. Great original design and a very fun re-imaging of it. Congrats to you both!

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  16. Both are beautiful! I can't wait to see them in person. I'm giddy about attending MQG Quilt Con West next month and seeing these will be inspiring. The quilt group Allison describes sounds like a very worthy way to make quilts for those in need.

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  17. Wow - both are so striking and dramatic! Love them and Congrats about them in shows!!!

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  18. Neat! It is always great to see different versions of one pattern. Well done both of you.

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  19. Amazing! Especially as it is made by a group of people. Love it.

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  20. It always amazes me how changing colors can change a quilt so much. Both versions are stunning!

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  21. I love seeing different versions of the same quilt design. The multi-colored option is a nice adaptation of your great design.

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  22. I love seeing different versions of the same quilt design. The multi-colored option is a nice adaptation of your great design.

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  23. Beautifully done and I'm pleased Allison's quilt will be at QuiltCon!

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