Triangles All Round {a finish}

A couple of weeks ago now was the Modern Quilt Guild’s QuiltCon. This year, I decided to participate in the MQG Mini Quilt Swap (#MQGSwap). I decided to use a WiP to make it easier. As you may know, I leave everything to the last-minute so starting with a finished top I thought would be more likely that I would complete it on time.

This top consists of nested triangles. I used all Alison Glass fabrics. A mix of Alison Glass text print, and blue Handcrafted fabrics.


I really wanted to try something new with this mini, so right up front I wanted to try faced binding. This is the tutorial I used. It was easy enough but I would fine tune the corners and work out how to finish these a little better.


I quilted it using my walking foot for straight lines. I created a focal point using the tip of the triangle as the pointer. For interest, I varied the widths. Also,  I stitched in the ditch for the actual Handcrafted triangle, keeping with the minimalistic look.


I managed to finish it up in the Carolyn Friedlander lecture, 10 minutes before swapping. Nothing like finishing at the last-minute, though I was able to capture a quick pic outside the convention center.


Mesa Quilt {Southwest Modern + Giveaway}

Last year, a new book had become available for pre-order on Amazon and after seeing Kristi (@initialkstudio), I was so excited to have this book in my collection. I was so ecstatic when I was asked to be part of her blog hop.


The book takes you through a journey in the southwest of the USA, and the influence of this area is seen within the quilts. The book has an amazing layout and beautiful photography. When deciding on a quilt, I wanted to choose one that I could bring in the influence of North Carolina.


North Carolina has a diversity in environments as it stretches from the mountains to the beach. This region also has rich history and traditional quilting background. As the Mesa Quilt is a modern version of a log cabin, I decided to do this pattern, which I thought was fitting with the traditional quilt making of NC.


For the color palette and the material, I was influenced by a Gees Bend Quilt. I used mostly recycled fabric, blue jeans, shirts, ties and a feed sack. This was a quick make and it was so much fun playing with the color palette and placement.


I interfaced many of the stretchy or less stable fabrics with interfacing to make them easier to sew. I have a quilting plan for this quilt already, using a mix of grid lines, walking foot shapes within sections, and straight lines.


I really enjoyed this quilt top finish and hope to make more of the projects including some of the amazing triangle based quilts. If you want to see more, please check out the other projects that are on the blog hop:

Last but not least, you too have a chance to get your hands on a copy of this book. To be in with a chance:

  1. Enter follow me (@ml_wilkie) and @initialkstudio on Instagram
  2. Leave a comment below.
  3. For an extra chance, leave a comment on the Instagram post (@ml_wilkie)

I will randomly choose a winner at 8pm EST tomorrow. If you are not selected, there is another chance for you….Kristi also has a Grand Prize Giveaway that will be happening at the end of the blog hop. Sign-up for her newsletter and you’ll have a chance to win:

  1. Signed copy of the Southwest Modern by Lucky Spool
  2. FQ bundle by Robert Kaufman
  3. FQ bundle by Me & You Fabrics
  4. Southwest Modern Thread Collection by Aurifil


March {Plan}

Wow, it is March already. Where did February go?? Let’s get down to business, and plan out the rest of the month….lots to do on this end. I am happy with the progress I have made over the last two months….though not necessarily in all aspects (ie. the book is still moving but slowly). Some of the highlights include:

  • Business: Complete Teaching Plan and submitted to LQS + Classes are scheduled for Q1 + Q2, Supply lists sent
  • Book: Finished Project Plan
  • Book: Finished Border 2 for Art Deco Medallion
  • Deadline: Send finish quilt and pattern for magazine
  • Deadline: Wrote and sent article for MQG
  • Deadline: Sent quilt to Quiltcon
  • Deadline: Finish #mqgswap item
  • Attended QuiltCon

So, the latter 1/2 of this month I would like to focus on my book. Here are some of the key activities I would like or must accomplish.

Category Project/Activity Target Date (day/month) Action
Business Quickbooks  3/6  Purchase + add financials
Business Submit Taxes + Annual report 3/11 Pay someone to do this
Business Phased Circles Pattern for Class in April 3/16 Send to Graphic Designer for layout
Business Teach Improvisation Class 3/17 Preparation Complete
Deadline Interview|Article 3/5 Complete
Book Group Quilt  3/5 Sent for quilting – Complete
Book Manicured Garden Quilt 3/18 Send for quilting
Book Chapter: “Art Deco
3/31 Finalize Content for Chapter
Book Art Deco Medallion
 3/31 Finish Border 3+4
Book Chapter: “Manicured Gardens” 3/31 Finalize Content for book
Fun Monthly “Favorite
Things” Giveaway
 3/5 Complete
Fun Traveling Stitches Blocks  3/5 Complete
Blog Month Plan  3/5 Complete
Blog Book Update  3/8 Planning your book
Blog Blog hop post 3/12 Complete
Blog MQGMiniSwap 3/17 Complete
Blog How to Submit to a Magazine 3/24 Write Post
Blog Traveling Stitches 2018 3/31 Write Post
Balance Health 3/31 Loose between 10 pounds. Increase vegetables; 8 glasses of water and exercise 3x a week by March end.

I am interested in those that are running a business or growing your quilting hobby, what do you plan out or do to keep track of everything?

QuiltCon: Quilt Show {Part II}

The best story I have of QuiltCon, was meeting a young boy (around 10-11?) who had won third place in the Youth category. He was with his mum and dad. Other than the fact the boy had won, all three of them had a quilt in the show. It was so heart-warming that they all had this love for quilting.

So, yesterday we talked about the use of solids (trend #1), and texture (trend #2). Ok, so the quilts and other trends that I saw continues today….

3. Use of Prints

One of the biggest surprises to me, was the increased number of quilts that utilized prints. I love quilts that use prints but still have that modern feel.


Digital Offcuts, Kathy Thorncraft (@iamacraftykat)


Positive : Negative, Lorena Uriarte (@lorena_in_syd)


Macaroons #57, Sarah Hibbert, (@quiltscornerstone)


Incidental Collaboration, Nora Renick Rinehart (@fiberistanora)


Infinité IV, Sophie Zaugg (@lunalovequilts)

4. Hand Quilting and FMQ

There seems to be a movement to over the last couple of years to embrace a variety of quilting techniques in the show, not just the expected matchstick or straight lines. I saw an increase in hand quilted quilts and more modern-styled FMQ.


Lateral Ascension, Cassandra Beaver (@cassandra.beaver)


Lateral Ascension (Close-up)


Mod Garden, Jack Weise


Mod Garden (Close-up)


Vortex, Ardelle Kerr (@rosecityquilter)


Vortex (Close-up)


Hillary Goodwin (@entropyalwayswins), Quilter: Rachel Dorr (@racheldorr)


Close-up of Rachel’s Quilting

5. Faced Binding was very common on quilts this year.


Color Study H1, Victoria Findlay Wolfe (@victoriafindlaywolfe)


Mountain Town, Mary Keasler (@mizcontrary)


Fauchet, Virginia Robinson (@minnowpeck)

6. Quilts with a Message

Last but not least…
Every year there are a couple of quilts that bring a strong message, whether its supporting women rights, speaks out against gun violence or highlights the current social and political climate. This year was no different, except I think more people (including a large number in the youth category) are using their art to make a statement. Here are a few from this year and there were many more.


Get Woke, Chawne Kimber (@cauchycomplete)


Get Woke (close-up)


Veer, Jacquie Gerring (@jacquietps)


Strong Tradition, Allison Chambers (@downtownquilter_allie)


America the beautiful, Ann Guiam (Youth Category)

This quilt above, I left last as this had the most impact for me. It was the winner in the youth category (person under the age of 18). As I stood reading the description written by one so young, I was bought to tears. You see my son is ten, in elementary school in the US, and Ann’s description sunk in deep. Here is Ann’s description:

“I created this quilt because of the mass shootings and terrorism that have occurred during my lifetime have unfortunately led me to question the true beauty of America. These acts of violence have impacted the lives of so many people both directly and indirectly and I hope this quilt will serve to bring awareness to this societal issue and also honor the lives of those who were harmed. The bottom half of the quilt is simultaneously supposed to symbolize the American flag and a classroom because I worry that kids in school are learning to normalize these horrible events because they are so frequent.”

That’s it from me on the quilts of the show, additional information on the winners of QuiltCon awards can be found here.

QuiltCon: Quilt Show {Part I}

I had the delight of attending QuiltCon last week. It was an amazing experience (as always). I was lucky enough to have a quilt in the show (San Francisco Bustle, QoM). My room-mate, Laura, made me a matching bag. How cute is that!! I love it.


Over a couple of posts, I want to share with you all some of the quilts and trends I saw at the show. Let’s start with a common trend of QuiltCons past, which continued in this show. Here are some of my favorite quilts made with mostly solid fabrics.


Splinter, Daniela O’Connell (@blockmquilts)


Terrace, Violet Craft (@violetcraft)


Chomp, Jacquie Gering (@jacquietps)


Sirkel, Daisy Aschehoug (@warmfolk)


Bending Petal, Karen Lee (@quiltaposy)


In Sequence, Rayna Gillman (@rayna_gillman)


Shine a Light, Hillary Goodwin (@entropyalwayswins)


Neighbor, Melanie Tuazon (@melintheattic)


Nests and Vessels #1: The House Protects the Dreamers, Leslie Tucker Jenison (@leslietuckerjenison)


Rhythm of the Rails, Kristen Shields (@kristenshields)

This year, one of the trends I loved was the inclusion of more texture. I think it added more interest and dimensionality to the quilts.  If only you could touch them.
(Note: there is no handling of the quilts allowed, without white gloves to protect the quilts)


SAQA Special Exhibit: SYO #67, Harue Konishi, Unburied threads and use of silk


What’s your time worth?, Tara Glastonbury (@stitchandyarn)


What’s your time worth? (close-up), Folded double raw edges


Sydney Beauty, Laurelinda Carota (Youth category)


Sydney Beauty (Close-up), Addition of crochet doilies


Copper Quilt, Lesley Gold (


Copper Quilt (close-up), made with silk velvet

Stay tuned for some more quilts and trends tomorrow.

Park Lamps {a finish}


Photo Credit: Love Patchwork & Quilting #56

Park Lamps was one of my last finishes of 2017. I had a lot of fun with this quilt. Firstly, interpreting the original inspiration of old gas lamps at the Mannheimer Wasserturm in Germany. The gas lamp was used as one of the quilt design a day prompts (sparks) and included the original color palette. I loved the geometry of the triangles in the light.


My interpretation of this spark, lead to this original Art Deco looking design.

I was thinking about adding this design to my book but decided that it would be a better fit for a magazine submission. I submitted it to LPQ, and provided options for multiple color palettes to modernize the look of the quilt. This was fun playing with color. I really loved the final color palette (Kona Mint, Kiwi, Peach, Ice Peach and White – purchased from Stash Fabrics) and design (slightly simplified and re-scaled).


I decided for accuracy, I would (foundation) paper piece this pattern. It involved a lot of repetitive but simple paper piecing. I loved how each of the blocks matched, as it was essential to the secondary design. For the quilting, I wanted to continue to highlight the secondary diamond shape the triangles made, so I used straight lines echoing that shape. I am very pleased with the finish.


Photo Credit: Love Patchwork & Quilting #56


Name (Original): Park Lamps
Name (LPQ): Fruit Punch
Design by myself
Fabric: Kona Cotton (Mint, Kiwi, White, Peach, Ice Peach)
Backing: Carolyn Friedlander wideback – green
Binding: Lecien striped fabric
Dimensions:  60 x 60″
Quilted: Echoed Straight Lines (domestic sewing machine)


January {Plan}

To stay on goal, I thought I would start a monthly plan to help keep things moving forward in various areas of my world. Each month should include any business activities, deadlines, book activities, and fun quilty projects (WiPs).


Book Group Quilt Top


Category Project/Activity Target Date (day/month) Action
Business Quickbooks  6/1 Investigating for
Business Yearly Calendar
 7/1 In Process of
creating a yearly
view of main activities
Business Classes | Teaching  12/1 Updating Calendar
+ Classes ready for promotion
Book Planning  3/1 In progress – need to
move dates to fit 2018 new deadlines
Book Group Quilt  6/1 Complete Top &
send for quilting
Book Art Deco Medallion
 8/1 Finish Border 2
Book Chapter: “Art Deco
Medallion” Project
31/1 Work on 2nd
Review + Graphics
Deadline San Francisco
4/1 Add Sleeve, Label,
Send to QuiltCon
Deadline Article 31/1 Write and Submit
Fun Monthly “Favorite
Things” Giveaway
 5/1 Photography + Post
to Instagram
Fun Hexie EPP Project  31/1 Finish Top
Fun Orange Creamsicle  31/1 Finish matchstick
Education InDesign  31/1 Take a few lessons
on InDesign.
Practice with
writing Phased
Circles Pattern
Blog Park Lamps Quilt  5/1 Finishing post about Park Lamps in LPQ #56
Blog Book Update  26/1 Decide on topic – Planning (??)
Blog A weekly Post  31/1 Work on having a weekly post of some relevant information
Balance Health 31/1 Loose between 5-10 pounds. 5 servings of vegetables; 8 glasses of water and exercise 3x a week by January end.

Sounds like a busy month, but nothing like starting off the year committed. Please note,  that this is my “guided” plan. Sometimes, life gets in the way, or something just takes longer…that’s ok, I will adjust and move on. I’ll share with you next month how things went.

What are your monthly goals? How are you working towards those?