Daughter’s Love {Pattern Release}

This pattern, “Daughter’s Love” is now in my Payhip and Craftsy shop. The pattern includes this size 70 x 70″,  a proposed color layout, and also provides suggestions for 60 x 60″ (small lap-sized quilt), 40 x 50″ (Baby Quilt), 20 x 20″ (mini quilt or pillow). img_6747

This pattern is so special to me and is a chance to give back. All proceeds for this quilt, over the next month, will be given to the Cancer Society New Zealand, who provides accommodation and support for New Zealander’s during treatments (all fees will be covered by myself). If funds are sufficient, I will also donate money to another cancer society based in the US.


To give everyone some background, this quilt was created as a gift to my Mum. To give her comfort during chemotherapy, when I could not be there. She is battling against a brain tumor which has now been upgraded to Stage 4. In the past week, she has been re-cooperating at home from a 7.5 hr surgery to try to remove what they could of the tumor.

I did get the chance to spend this week with her in New Zealand, supporting her and my Dad. And guess what, my quilt was in use which is so fantastic to see – gave me warm fuzzies and put a smile on my face.


Anyway, I hope you will help me give back and support those who support others that are going through an incredible hardship and journey. OOXX




San Francisco MOMA (Part 2)

Continuation from yesterday, some of my impressions of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Roy Lichtenstein (Mirror)
? Open-ended Collections
? Open-ended collection
Sol LeWitt (Wall Drawing)
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Frank Stella (Double Concentric: Scramble)

The Ellsworth Kelly collection was a favorite for sure!!

Red White
1. Cite; 2. Red Green; 3. Gaza 4. Black Triangle and White
Spectrum 1
Blue Red
Blue Green Black Red

So that is a quick tour of what caught my interest. I am definitely going back and hoping to also get to De Young’s Museum next time too.

San Francisco MOMA (Part 1)

I had a 12 hour layover recently in San Francisco, on my way to New Zealand. I decided that I would go into town and visit the MOMA museum. It has always been one of my favorite places to go in San Francisco and it was amazing. I was so inspired.

I thought I would share with you all some of my favorites over the next two posts (breaking it up due to the number of photos). Let’s just start with the architecture of the actual museum. I love the atrium of the museum.

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The art, especially the Fisher Collection works are amazing. I saw great pieces I knew from Ellsworth Kelly, Donald Judd, Josef Albers and Frank Stella but also was introduced to some new artists like Gerhard Ritcher and Sol LeWitt. Here’s part one:

Gerhard Richter (256 Fabern)
Gerhard Richter (Fenster)
Chuck Close (Phyllis)
Carl Andre (Western Red Cedar)
Frank Stella (Charlotte Tokayer)
Frank Stella (Zambezi)
Donald Judd (untitled)
Donald Judd (To Susan Buckwalter)

The Typeface Interface exhibit was amazing!! Unfortunately everything was encased in glass which gave off a reflection in all the photos.img_7087 mosaic571254126de155289c8a3b5a14dd5b85dedcdf02

Tomorrow, I will post some more of my favorites including the Ellsworth Kelly pieces. Ah-Ma-Zing could not believe these pieces could be even better in person!!


Abstract Triangles {Pattern Release}

It has been a long time coming, but I have finally started to finish off a few patterns that I had planned to release over the summer.


The first pattern, I am releasing is “Abstract Triangles”. This is the first of three in the series, with the other two being released in November. This design is one of my favorites. It was inspired by the Bauhaus art movement and by succulents. The pattern is a little different as it combines some exact measurements with some “free” piecing (no measurements provided, but instructions on how to trim). This pillow or mini quilt finishes as 26 x 26″.

My pattern testers did such an amazing job. I am so amazed at how their versions of this pattern turned out.

Wyna (IG: @wtodd141) made this great mini quilt using a neutral palette with a pop of yellow.


Wendy (IG: @wendybzquilting) made this fiery version using an Alison Glass print and bright solids. It reminds me of a volcano readying to blow.


Cheri (IG: @thefiberchick) used a variety of prints effectively to make this amazing result.


I definitely need to make this again with a different color palette and with prints after seeing these great interpretations.

If you are interested in the pdf pattern, you can find it here of payhip or here on Craftsy. Feel free to check out other patterns in my payhip shop, which you can reach directly from my blog (see “shop” menu item).


WINNER is Kris from Sew Sunshine. I will send you an email shortly with the pattern.

Would you like to win a copy of this pattern? You have two chances to win. Leave a comment below on “what art movement or artist or other source in which you find inspiration for designs/quilts”. For the second chance to win, hop over to instagram (ml_wilkie) where you can tag a friend per comment.

I will randomly select a winner for the pattern this Sunday 6pm EST.




Recent quilt designs {QDAD}

It has been forever since I posted some of my designs, here on my blog (looks like all the way back in March). I have gotten back into posting designs but mostly on Instagram as I have been participating in #30daysofdesign.

So to catch you all up here are a few of my favorite designs for some of the previous months, April and July.


This first design was really focused on playing around with Half Rectangle Triangles and the Quarter Rectangle Triangles. I really loved the unusual color palette that was provided by the spark.


This color palette also translated well into Alison Glass Fabrics which I really need to start using more vs. collecting😉 I think this is a great skill building for machine piecing or could translate well into an EPP project. 24_apr_20162

Another favorite this month was this very modular design using squares and lines. The inspiration was a building. I like the slightly unusual color palette but thinking that I might make it with different colors.25_apr_2016

My favorite in all of these is definitely this one, that was inspired by some very large barrels that were wrapped in string. I was very surprised in this color palette, as I really like it though not the usual neutrals I would choose. 26_apr_20161

This is how I translated a Daffodil garden amongst the concrete jungle of the city. Its amazing how the pops of color just makes the dull dreariness so lively.



Not my favorite design, this simple cross block quilt but I did think it was an unusual color a palette with the pastel, white based colors.


I loved how it translated into these fabrics. 02july20165

Again the unusual color palette of this design that is inspired by a yellow beach umbrella is one of my favorites in July. I am thinking of making this one as is. Kind of reminds me of an Annie Albers rug.


Lastly, I played around some more with the New Your Highline spark photo, and came up with this design to represent the building structure and the pop of orange from the sign.


I’ll catch you up with August and September next week.


Home {#makedoquilt}

The more improvisational piecing I do the more I enjoy it. The freedom and the ability to change on the fly is so relaxing and liberating. Any chance I get to create a quilt using improv. and new techniques, I will jump into action at the moment. For example, when Sherri Lynn Wood created a challenge recently (#makedoquilt), using only discarded clothing and textiles from your home, closet and scrap bin or picked up at yard sales or thrift stores….I was in!!

I had some of my most favorite t-shirts and trousers that had been screaming for a second lease on life. All my pieces (especially shirts) are very graphic and I knew would work in exploring the possibility of making a t-shirt quilt modern, and resulted in this quilt “HOME”.

Project Limits

  • Reduced color palette – neutrals with a pop of red, yellow and blue
  • Text cut into smaller pieces (abstract view)
  • Mini Quilt – want to keep it small enough to explore ideas.
  • Use textures to add interest

Design Choices


Last Wednesday, I had just laid out an initial layout for this quilt and immediately thought I needed to add more neutrals and/or negative space. I added some more neutrals into the middle of the quilt. I also decided that the HST’s needed to move for balance, so these were moved towards the bottom.

Still not completely happy with this, as I thought it was still too busy. I played some more and added some larger white t-shirt pieces but realized I needed texture.  I added a large portion of this white shirt with ribbing, added more corduroy, linen and the strip down the middle (which had a pop of color).

One of my favorite areas is this, which I love the addition of the corduroy with pocket remnants and the words “home”. The corduroy has this natural wear pattern that looks like a ombre coloring. The home t-shirt was my one from New Zealand and truly means home to me, even though I have not lived there for 18 years. I love what it brings to this quilt, it ties it together for me.


The final additions and layout play, which involved rotating the quilt 90 degrees, lead to this final quilt top. I am so ecstatic over the final result. I love the balance of texture vs. color and very pleased to be able to infuse the modern aesthetic.


I am going to keep the quilting simple by using straight lines. I have some scrap binding in denim and a light grey stripe which in the spirit of reuse I will include.


As I had never made a t-shirt quilt before I used some new techniques (for me), such as:

  • I used Pellon 911F (fusible) stabilizer for the back of the t-shirt material and the white stretchy textured shirt. I ironed this on following the instructions to areas I wanted to use. I then cut the fabric. It made it easier to cut, stopped stretch, and stopped any rolling of the fabric maintaining the shape.
  • For the wool trousers, I used fray check liquid on the edges to avoid any fraying. I still used 1/4″ seams but may consider 1/2″ seams in future if I get any instability. As this is going to be a wall hanger and not used regularly I thought 1/4″ seams would be fine.
  • The corduroy and a couple of areas of the t-shirts were multi-layered. I trimmed and thinned out the bulk so that sewing the seams over these areas were easier. This should also help when quilting.

Let me know if you have any other questions. This was a lot of fun, definitely worth participating. Check out Sherri Lynn Woods Instagram (@sherrilynnwood) account for more details and prizes for the challenge (it runs for a year).



Denim Blues {a finish}

Last night, I whipped up a quick birthday present for a close friend. She had sent me a photo earlier of her new color palette of her living room. I have loved the mix of denim, a white solid and liberty lawn for a while now. I decided that combination would be perfect for a pillow in that room.


I used Art Gallery Fabric, Denim as I had some left over and its so soft, perfect for a pillow. The flying geese are 2 x 4″ finished, and a white solid with a splash of a Liberty Lawn print.

I decided to keep the sleek, more modern look with 1″ straight line quilting on the denim. The flying geese are quilted around the edges.


I love this backing fabric from Amy Sinibaldi, Manuscript in Navy, Paperie for Art Gallery Fabrics. It was the perfect complement to the front. I used an envelope finish instead of a zipper.


It was a great quick project. I really enjoyed playing with these fabrics.


Name: Denim Blues
Fabric: AGF Denim, White Pure Elements, Liberty Lawn
Backing: Manuscript in Navy, Paperie, Amy Sinibaldi
Dimensions: 20 x 20″
Quilted: Straight line 1″ quilting, edged quilting around the flying geese.

Linking up with Amanda Jean over at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.