Dark Circles – a quilt finish



I loved my “Phased Circles” quilt that I finished in 2014. I wanted to see if I can use the underlying blocks in another design. Could I make another design but make it different enough??

I came up with this monochromatic design which is one of my favorites. I love the the graduation of black to dark grey to light grey, the use of prints and solids and finally the mix of low volumes. The circles are much larger than the phased circles design, and a little simpler but a little more complexity and non-symmetrical with the outer blocks/areas.


I was lucky in two ways with this quilt.  One, the US post office didn’t loose my quilt (it was sent twice, returned once) and two, lucky enough that Love Patchwork and Quilting loved it too. It is one of the projects featured in this month’s issue (issue 31) . Can you believe this? ….. all of the fabrics in this quilt came from my existing stash.

patchwork projects shot in the studio

Photo Credit: Love Patchwork & Quilting

The binding is one of my favorite things about the quilt. I kept it solid “blocked” on the right side and then used Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe Sharp and a splash of Alison Glass’ Grove in Neon (Handcrafted).

The quilting for the circles were 1/2″ vertical lines while the rest of the quilt is quilted using 1″ horizontal lines.

Michelle Wilkie

Photo Credit: Love Patchwork & Quilting

I hope you check it out in the new issue.This makes my second finish for the year.


Name: Lunar Lines (aka Dark Circles)
Designed by me, Pattern in Issue 31 – Love Patchwork Quilting.
Fabric: Kona Cottons + Various black, dark and light grey prints
Dimensions: 60″ x 62″
Quilted: Straight Line quilting, Aurifil 50wt.

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

22 thoughts on “Dark Circles – a quilt finish

  1. farmquilter

    They are both beautiful!!! You did a great job on both of them and I can see why the magazine chose to include the second one in it!!

  2. Gigi Voegeli

    I love your designs. I know they are your art, but we would like to make something like it, so patterns would be wonderful. 🙂

  3. Kate

    Coincidentally I purchased the magazine two days ago and didn’t realise it was you. I just subscribed this week too. Love the quilt, I know someone else who will love it too. It’s even better with your explanations. Thank you so much.

  4. Anne

    Ohhh man, this is a STUNNER, Michelle! I love what you did with the quilting, and the piecing looks so perfect! Beautiful work and attention to detail with this one!

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