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.


27 thoughts on “In the Neighbourhood

  1. Kim

    It’s fantastic, Michelle! Such a fun and bright, modern design — both front and back. It just makes me smile. Congrats on another great finish!

  2. quiltingmod

    I hope you get accepted into Quilt Con, so I can see this beauty in person. The School Bus binding is a great pick, and I also love the back as much as the front. How fun to have a two-sided quilt!

  3. Joanna

    Feel free to send it my way so I can look at it in person 😉 I love it so much and you’ve done such a great job making it from a random design!!

  4. Renee

    Oh oakshots! It turned out lovely. I hope you submit it and it’s accepted because I really want to see it in person! What fantastic photoshoot locations!

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