QDAD: Quilt Design a Day (Week 16)

Amy @ Badskirt did a fabulous job last week at coming up with the most fabulous and varied color palettes for us to use…credit for all the photographs go to Amy. They were a blast. I don’t seem to be able to move away from the minimal design style yet…so you may see it for the next couple of weeks at least.

6 October:
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I really liked the neutrals in this palette that looked like a great graduation. That lead to this great oversized triangle quilt design.


7 October: Boxed
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The perfect Melbourne day was captured in this photo of Amy’s and the tram’s colors add so much to the palette.


8 October:Garage
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While on vacation this past week, my eye was drawn to garage  doors of a building. I used those door separators as the inspiration of this design. Not a favorite design.QDAD_GarageDoorsSplit_08OCT2014

9 October: Rangers Station
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This color palette surprised me, as I was not sure I could really make this work, but it turned out great. This design was based on symbols on a Rangers station at Chimney Rock, NC (another vacation location).

This is definitely one of the designs I want to make up. A couple of other color choices:
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10 October:
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This image is so appropriate at the moment with the State Fair coming into town. I really wanted to play with layers again and the bright colors.


11 October: Drawers
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I could not find a way to incorporate all these colors but I did like the warm color palette. I loved the idea of the drawers and the round handles. The widths and distances could reflect open vs. closed drawers, even the placement of the handles would move. This is the design I went with to reflect these thoughts.

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”.

Linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social (see button on the right).

Cherie, Cherie….

This week, I am trying to be super diligent in focusing on only two projects:

  • Cherie Quilt top is in the process of being pieced
  • Phased Circles Quilt is being quilted.
    Phased Circles Outside

I say this as I am thinking of about 3 other projects I could be starting but not on my list for this month ;-).

My updated list for this month, does not have anything new but for some reason feels a little daunting….probably due to the fact 3 of these quilts are 60″ x 60″ or bigger.

Projects and Progress

Project Target Date Current Status
Phased Circles Quilt  OCT2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Jungle Ave Tapa  OCT 2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Bjorn the Bear  OCT2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

Big Q4 Goals!!

I have big goals for Q4 and trying to finish up a few projects, start and finish some of the quilt design a day designs, and finish two sew mama sew projects.

A few projects:
1. Bjorn the Bear 2. Olive 3. Spoonflower Sampler 4. Phased Circles 5. Jungle Ave. Tapa Cloth

Make up these  2-3 of these designs in addition to the sew mama sew projects. If you are interested in testing these patterns when they are complete…let me know by leaving a comment below.

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Lastly, two Sew Mama Sew projects that are based on these palettes:
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For my super busy quarter and to keep me honest, I am linking up with Katy @ The littlest thistle for 2014 Finish Along.

Finish Along 2014 

QDAD: Quilt Design a Day (Week 15)

I recently purchased Josef Albers “Interaction of Color“. If you have not read this – it is amazing. I was so inspired that it influenced this week’s designs.

29 September

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This design was a play with transparency and overlapping layers.QDAD_LinesJosefAlbers_29SEPT2014

30 September

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Color and designing for simplicity was my goal  for this design.QDAD_OdeToJosefAlbers_30SEPT2014

1 October

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Further study of minimalism and an outward ombre look. QDAD_Autumn_01OCT2014

1 October

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This second design for October 1st, started off with the same square and ombre design as above. I decided to play a little more and break up the square in quadrants and then moved the quadrant around within its place.


2 October

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This was playing with the minimalism and transparency which Anne and the hubby saw a tree like design.

I played with it a little more and I really like it turned to the side. I also really like both the light and the dark backgrounds.
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4 October

The color palettes this week are supplied by Amy @ Badskirt. She has the most wonderful palettes, more next week.

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This stacked bar design was playing with layers and pops of color. I started of with predominantly neutrals and therefore a neutral background. QDAD_Layers_04OCT2014

However, my favorite landed up switching the background to the mustard-y color and all the neutrals placed in the stack.QDAD_Layers_04OCT2014_gold

So these are my Josef Albers inspired designs. On a final 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”.

Linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s bee social (see button on the right).

WiP Wednesday in the Mountains

I have another finish to celebrate today….it is the “Mod Squares”. The design and tutorial can be found over at Sew Mama Sew. It is my new Fall/Autumn lap sized quilt, that I will be using for my sofa using low-volumes, neutrals and Indelible prints. My favorite part….I have a couple of stripes of some FMQ!!Mod_Squares_Finished_800

The rest of my projects, are coming along nicely too.  This list and deadlines have been keeping me on top of things for once, SUCCESS!!

Projects and Progress

Project Target Date Current Status
Bjorn the Bear  20SEP2014
(now OCT2014)
Phased Circles Quilt  OCT2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Jungle Ave Tapa  OCT2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

I am on a last-minute vacation in the mountains this week. I am, however, trying to focus on the Cherie quilt top, now that two of the other quilts are complete. I managed to cut out all 182 pieces…I think that is the first time I cut out all the pieces (more or less) before starting the actual quilt. I usually cut, sew and then repeat.

So, now onto piecing all of these…my favorite part. Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on the right).

In the Neighbourhood

It is finally complete!!



The original design was inspired by a rug I had seen. This was one of my first designs when I started participating in Quilt Design a Day.

As soon as I decided that I would make this I knew that I wanted to make it with Oakshott Cottons. Michael Oakshott from Oakshott Cottons kindly sponsored my quilt. The vibrancy of the oranges, yellows, pinks and purples truly make the quilt amazing. I wish you all could see it up close.

Photo taken at the Biltmore Conservatory with the most amazing orchids (helper is my son)

I did not want to waste any of the Oakshott cottons, so I made an improve “totem-like” strip for the back. I love this as much as the front. The straight line quilting turned out just like I wanted. I used Auriful Sunshine variegated thread. It gave so much texture to the quilt and the color changes in the thread added another (subtle) level of interest.Neighbourhood_Finished_Back
Photo taken at Biltmore Estate (husband is the helper this time)

The best thing about a 4 hour road trip is that you can get some hand stitching done……my project – the binding. The fabulous yellow binding – is Kona School Bus.Neighbourhood_Finished_Action_shot

I am hoping to submit the quilt to Quiltcon Quilt Show, so another plus…I have finished in time for submissions!!


Name: Neighbourhood
Dimensions: ~ 31″ x 33″ Mini Quilt
Design: Michelle Wilkie (inspired by a rug)
Quilted: Straight line quilting  Aurifil #4658 wt. 50 (Sunshine Variegated Thread)
Fabric for Front: Oakshott Cotton + Kona Oyster
Backing: Dottie, Cotton and Steel + Oakshott Cotton + Kona Oyster
Binding: Kona School Bus

Additional Blog Posts

Quilting Close-ups
Quilting process and steps
Back Details
Top Finish
Design + Initial Color Palette

Oakshott-ButtonLinking up with Alyce @Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday (see button on the right) and Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.


Sunday Stash: Online Fabric Shop Closing Sales

The past two weeks have been a little chaotic with online fabric shops announcing closures. I was definitely a little sad in their announcements, but I did make the most of the sales.

From Pink Chalk Fabrics, I stocked up on Kona Cottons, Momo Mochi Dot Linens and some Joel Dewberry Herringbone prints.

From Sew Fresh Fabrics, I added some navy and teal prints to my stash. On the end, i also added some Kona Oyster because who doesn’t need more Kona neutrals??


Lastly, yesterday, Contemporary Cloth made an announcement on their cease to sell fabrics….so I picked up some Impressions Oakshott Cottons (picture to come when that wonderful bundle arrives).

Those were my unexpected purchases this week. Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash (see button on the right).