#Sewing Away From Home Adventures

This is a long weekend for myself and my family. We decided to go to the mountains for some relaxation and snowboarding. The North Carolina Mountains did not disappoint….it welcomed us with fresh snow and blue skies.

As I was settling in to start some quilting for the weekend, I realized I had forgotten some essentials.

  • A second bobbin to wind new thread (a different color) for one of the quilts I wanted to quilt
  • An iron….yes, remembered the ironing board but not my iron.
  • A maker pen/pencil for marking out my quilting pattern

My solution for the last one, was to hand baste the line instead…you’ll see more of this quilt soon, I promise.

I did get about 1/4 of the top quilted… but then I decided it was time for a couple of new projects ;-)

I have been a Karen Lewis Textiles fabric hoarder, for a while now. The other week, I came up with a design that I already knew this is where I would put them into use (a design yet to be posted but is a QDAD).  I paired Karen’s Allotment Prints (in Iron, Oyster and Nautical) with Yoshiko Jinzenji fabric and a splash of Kona Torch. Here’s a quick close up of the quilt top….


Aren’t those fabrics great together….I love how the square theme in each make it cohesive.

The last project I have been working over the long weekend, is my Tapa Star I pattern. I am getting it class ready and hope to teach later in the year. It’s a paper piecing pattern which I have previously finished with Carolyn Friedlander prints; this time I am using mostly Spoonflower prints.

I am loving the color combination with this one. The fabrics featured here are:

Back home tomorrow, and looking forward to sleeping in my own bed….in the meantime leaving you with a photo of the mountains today….we had snow!!

Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday….as I am likely getting much more done before Wednesday :-)


Design Inspiration: Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts

Last year, I watched a group of friends participate in the Sisterhood of the traveling quilts. I loved the idea, and the wonderful creations they made.

Ashley – Wasn’t Quilt in a Day
Laura – Little and Lots
Renee – Quilts of a Feather
Jessica – Quilty Habit

The idea is that you start your quilt and then it moves onto the next person and they add something based on your guidelines. I am so happy, I am joining in on all the fun, this year. Also joining is Liz from Beadqueene’s Bits and Baubles.

This was my inspiration mosaic (posted on IG. (ml_wilkie) and pulled from my inspirational quilts board on pinterest (squeekcrafts)).

Screen Shot 2015-01-24 at 10.18.41 PMNote: Top left, middle and bottom right are all by Erin Wilson, Top right is by zipper teeth, Botton Left is a mosaic of Hopewell quilts.

I was additionally inspired today by the road signs as we traveled to the mountains. My husband thought I was crazy snapping road signs all along our trip, but then he also finds it funny that I see a quilt design in everything :-D


So, taking these images and combining it with my preferred color palette (Kona Torch, Kona Pool, Kona Titanium, Kona Regal and various Neutrals)….my initial block designs for my sisterhood quilt look like this so far.


I may add a couple more blocks that are based on some of the other things we saw – like a bridge, ski lift etc. Now, all I need to do is get these made before QuiltCon so I can pass them along to the next person who will be adding to my blocks.

How is January tracking??

I am really trying to stay on task this first month, however I know some things are slipping. Normally, I would be ok about this and just adjust my schedules, but this time I am a little stressed about moving the deadlines.



Project Dates Current Status
 Sew Mama Sew (Project 5)  16 January
  7 February
 Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt  16 January TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND (COMPLETE)
 Spoonflower Sampler Quilt  31 January TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (UNDERWAY), BIND
 Bjorn the Bear  31 January
 Jungle Ave Tapa  31 January TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

*I will reorganize the table based on date changes next week

Anyway, the quilting must go on though…and I have made progress on two projects;

  • the Spoonflower sampler quilt where I did some more quilting last night (above), and
  • my Sew Mama Sew project (below) where the back is complete and now it is basted.


Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

Sleepy Hippo Template

My Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt was this appliqued Hippo.

After the feedback provided, here is the template for the hippo. The template can be used for the general outline of the Hippo, as well as suggested sketch lines within the hippo.

NOTE: To get the size seen here on this mini you will need to copy at 130% across two sheets of paper.

Linking up with Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts Sew Cute Tuesday (see button on the right).

Christmas/New Year buys + Quiltcon class materials

Few words for this post…just lots of pretty pictures of my recent purchases:

Cotton and Steel: selected prints purchased from Pink Castle Fabrics

Cotton and Steel Basics: My favorites!! purchased from Pink Castle Fabrics

Alison Glass Sun Prints: selected prints purchased from Hawthorne Threads

A couple of Prints from Fat Quarter Shop…

Making room for my Doe (purchased from Quilters Square) and other Carolyn Friedlander Prints on the bottom there…

Had to move my Kona Solids, to make room for Doe, now it has lots of room…

QuiltCon Class Materials for two of my classes, Alison Glass Embroidery Class + Lizzie House Printing Class.

That’s my belated Sunday Stash…phew!! Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash.

WiP Wednesday and Winners

This week, I have been focused on my next Sew Mama Sew project.

Fabric selection was made…

The cutting (my least favorite activity)…

Then a lot of chain piecing took place…

The final trimming of all those triangle blocks…I love the Bloc-Loc Ruler, which was one of my new toys, I purchased from Pile of Fabric over Thanks giving.IMG_3221

Project Dates Current Status
 Sew Mama Sew (Project 5)  16 January  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt  16 January TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND (COMPLETE)
 Spoonflower Sampler Quilt  31 January TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (UNDERWAY), BIND
 Bjorn the Bear  31 January TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Jungle Ave Tapa  31 January TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

Finally, there were some great entries for the finished quilt top/ quilt for the Gypsy Wife QAL. The winner for the Gypsy Wife Final Link up is Kim Lapacek @ Persimon Dreams. Congratulations Kim.

The winner for helping me celebrate my 1000 followers milestone is Rochelle who said “67. Sewing the stash is my goal….and learning some new thread art skills..thread painting and better machine quilting.” You receive the $30 Hawthorne Threads Gift Certificate.

Kim, Rochelle you will be receiving an email shortly.

Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.


QDAD: Quilt Design a Day

I took a break over Christmas from designing, and it seemed to give me a new perspective of things. I have loved this first week of coming back. It is so hard to try to decide on a favorite this week!!

The palettes for the following designs are on the groups Facebook page.

01 January: Defenses
This design was created based on the inspiration of the color palette photo, which was of the Great Wall of China. It represents the offense and defense of battle (with arrows as the symbol) meeting at the Great Wall. This was revision 2 and my favorite color way.

Revision 1 had the white and blue colors in opposite areas. Doesn’t it make such a difference to the design.

02 January: Temple Totems
Again, using the inspiration from the color palette photo of statues at an Indonesian temple, I created my own totem/statues. I loved the grey and white palette, adds simplicity and clarity to the design.

On a second revision I also really liked only using 2 of the 3 segments in the totem above, rotating the design and using a lighter shade of grey. I love both of these!!

03 January: Architecture
This design was very interesting for me on how my thought process works. This is version 2, below is version 1. I found with version 1 that I liked it, but when I came back for a second view it was a little disjointed and more two halves. I decided to extend the black lines, and the white horizontal lines into the other halves to make it more cohesive….I love this version 2.
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04 January: Utopia
This is a very different design to the other ones this week. The color palette perfectly matched with Utopia fabric line.  I started this design with the crosses and stars but needed to some how have a filler space. The square-in-square block below the star works out really well.


05 January: Sewing Buttons

I started playing around with the circles that represented the buttons and button holes. I landed up making this more futuristic/spacey feeling design.
“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

06 January: Wharf
The color palette photo was below a pier with the ocean – I loved this color palette. The symmetry of the pier and the ocean movement reminded me of fractals….hence this design.

07 January: Ribbons in a jar
This design was a little more of a struggle. This was in fact my second design and the second version of the design. The previous designs and colors are below. I really liked the stripes and then the restriction of the lines to a given area (like the ribbons in a glass jar). In my house there is always some scrap that escaped my jar :-).
QDAD_Jars2_07Jan2015(1) QDAD_Jars2_07Jan2015 QDAD_Jars_07Jan2015

Please Note: If you would like to make or use one of my designs, please email me (ml_wilkie(at)hotmail(dot)com) or leave a comment below. I am happy to talk with you on options and provide the relevant measurements etc. or have you test out a pattern. Also, if you use one of my designs, please use the following text to credit me the design: “Designed by Michelle Wilkie @ Factotum of Arts”.