WiP Wednesday

This week, I am working on a couple of things….my next Sew Mama Sew project and working on planning out what’s coming next for my blog etc.

Fabric has been pulled, measurements taken and written down and additional equipment has been ordered for Sew Mama Sew Project 4. I am actually optimistic in having this finished for the weekend (yay!! ahead of schedule).

For the blog, I have been talking to some of my quilty/blog friends about doing a series of posts on quilty basics and/or skills we have learned that scared us. How did we grow those skills? What have we learned? What would we not do again? It was proposed by the lovely Laura (@littleandlots) that it was just like America’s Test Kitchen but for quilting. So, with some luck, Monday will see the announcement and launch a blog series “Back to School”.

In the meantime, here are where the rest of my projects are:

Projects and Progress

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Project Target Date Current Status
Spoonflower Sampler Quilt  31DEC2014 TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Celestial Spheres
(Part 1)
 DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Sew Mama Sew
(Project 4)
26DEC2014 TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Bjorn the Bear  31DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Rangers Station  DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt JAN2014 TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Cheri 31JAN2014 TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Jungle Ave Tapa 31JAN2015 TOP, BACK (UNDERWAY), BASTE, QUILT, BIND

QDAD: Quilt Design a Day (November)

This is my catch-up post for November. For these catch up post please take a look at the library of associated palettes over on the Facebook page.

01 November
Playing with minimal geometric shapes and placement for this design.

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02 November
I was playing with a cross block and then angles coming out from the cross. The widths of the lines also differ. I love this cooler palette.

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24 November
This was my week for providing the photo and color palette for inspiration. I find a saturated color palette challenging….so that was first up. Picture was taken in Hong Kong.
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25 November
New Zealand has the most amazing native forest areas and I thought this would make a great cooler palette.
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26 November
On or recent trip to Savannah, there was so much inspiration around us. I love this old candy store down on the river front.
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I loved the neutral color palette and the pops of green and red. I tried to also convey those surprise pops of color in my design. This is one of my favorite designs of this month.
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27 November
With the other cooler palettes for the week, I wanted a warm palette.
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My interpretation of the photo inspiration is not really one of my designs I liked.

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30 November

The color palette and inspiration for this design came from Anne over @ Play Crafts. I loved the inspiration it was of lakes, and snow-capped tree covered mountains. This is by far my favorite design in a while.

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A short month this time, as life just got busy.  I am happy though that maybe half of the designs have potential of actually being made ;-)

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”.

Winner of Sew Mama Sew Giveaway

Thank you to all those that were kind enough to leave comments. There were some great ideas for tutorials. The main areas folks wanted more tutorials include:

  • Learn the basics *
    • Quilting/piecing
    • Paper piecing/ English Paper piecing
    • Curves
  • Lessons on design, color and fabric selection *
  • Pouches/ Bags /Pillows
  • Free Motion Quilting/ Machine quilting

* indicates that these are areas in which I will look into for 2015.

Using random.org, the winner was #120 Quiltingmod – Afton Warrick!! I will be emailing you shortly to talk through the details.

QuiltCon Entries

I thought about this post a lot today after reading several of the other posts on QuiltCon Quilt Show announcements made yesterday, and wondered whether I should write this or not.

Before I start, everyone should go over and read this post “Former QuiltCon Juror Tells All” by Latifah Saafir, it is very informative about how quilt show selection is made. Worth a read. I learned a lot.

There are so many amazing quilts out there that were entered to the QuiltCon Quilt Show. I think everyone deserves a pat on the back for completing their quilts, that you can be proud of your work and for taking the leap to submit your quilt into a show.

I know, personally speaking, this was a very hard step for me. I had to work hard to get my quilts finished. I worked hard to overcome the self-doubt, especially since I have only been quilting just over 2 years and this is my first show.  I am so thankful, for our quilting community and my IG friends, without the support you have all shown me I would not have submitted or finished anything (for that matter).

Here were my submissions into QuiltCon Quilt Show.

Phased Circles
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Neighbourhood
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I know a lot of quilts did not get in and so many of them I love!! So, I am so honored that both of my quilts did make it into QuiltCon.

Now, I am off to work out how to make and attach quilt sleeves, and how to make a quilt label. I am so excited about meeting so many people I chat to online or IG, volunteering, attending classes and lectures and also seeing all those quilts in person. This will be such a fantastic event!! See you soon.

 

Festive Mug Rug Swap

For a bit of fun, I decided I would join two swaps over December. The first is the Festive Mug Rug Swap. I knew straight away that I wanted to use my free gift tag paper piecing pattern (you can find it on the right-hand side menu).

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I love making up this block. Next up some diagonal straight line quilting.

The other swap I am doing is Schnitzel and Boo’s Mini quilt swap. I have an idea for my partner but I am trying to decide on what color to go with…at least I have an idea right :-)

Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (button on the right)

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway

Welcome to those who are new, and those that have been visiting my blog a while and so supportive.

I have a love of quilting, the arts and family. My favorite things, this year, has been focusing on designing my own quilts and taking them to reality,  designing some fabrics available on Spoonflower and teaching others what I have learned.

Here are a few of my recent finishes.

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I love participating in quilt design a day, and here are some of my favorite designs:
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I am so excited about next year;  to celebrate my 3rd year blogging/quilting (September 2015) and having the opportunities to met people in this community. I am attending and volunteering in QuiltCon and also attending Glamp Stitchalot 2015.

The wonderful support of this community is the main reason why I participate in the giveaway, it’s a chance to give back.

The give away today are has items/tools I love:

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This package of my favorite things is over $100. All you need to do is leave a comment to answer:

Q: What areas would you like more information or type of projects you would like tutorials or blog post on?

If you are a follower, thank you for following, leave a second comment letting me know.

The giveaway is open to international participants as well. The giveaway winner will be randomly selected and announced Friday 12/12 around 8pm EST.

Have fun and be sure to check out the other giveaways.

Note: Due to high number of comments, it is likely I will not reply to all comments.

December ALYoF

My goal this month is pretty simple, finish my spoonflower sample quilt. The top is all done, now only the back, quilting an binding to go.
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Since it has been a couple of weeks, here is also an update on my active projects.

Projects and Progress

Project Target Date Current Status
Phased Circles Quilt  COMPLETE  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Spoonflower Sampler Quilt  31DEC2014 TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Celestial Spheres
(Part 1)
 DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Sew Mama Sew
(Project 3 – Peach Melba)
 COMPLETE  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Sew Mama Sew
(Project 4)
26DEC2014 TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Bjorn the Bear  31DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Rangers Station  DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt JAN2014 TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Cheri 31JAN2014 TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Jungle Ave Tapa 31JAN2015 TOP, BACK (UNDERWAY), BASTE, QUILT, BIND

Linking up with Melissa @ Sew Bitter Sweet Designs for ALYoF (see button on the right).