QDAD: March

March was a little intermittent, as far as designing went, but I got a lot of quilting time in. Below are the color palettes and the design based on the color palette/inspiration.

March 06: In the Clouds
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The palette was so low-key and spacious, that I wanted to use a minimal design to ensure that feeling was portrayed in the design as well. 6MAR_2016(1)

March 07

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I did not want to use all the colors with this design. I was inspired by Donald Judd’s wood print blocks. I played with the lines and in the end liked the irregular distances and directions. 07MAR_2016

March 08: Butter Knives

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The inspiration photo definitely drove the idea for this design. Look it’s missing a butter knife in the picture. I really was playing with improv. shapes and lines. This is my favorite design for the month.

March 09: Sintra Gardens


A little bored of the design-seed palettes, I decided to use one of my own photos. I pulled in the angular shapes of the castles garden architecture. I love the unusual palette but think its cool how well all the colors play with each other. 09MAR_2016

March 11: Improvisational Log Cabins

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I am always in love when I get a navy, cerise, coral palette. After playing with the butter knives design, I thought I would continue with some more improv. designs. This one is taking a log cabin and playing with the reverse colored borders in each log cabin block. I am thinking about going large-scale with this one. It’s on my possible make list.


March 22: Mountain Range

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The mountains in this photo made me think of how rock formations are pushed up when tectonic plates crash into each other. I thought that was best represented by these lines stretching up in the air. The triangles represent the generalization of mountains and strength. 22Mar_2016

March 28: Barred Windows

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The barred window in the barn here, perfectly reflected how I was feeling being stuck in bed from a round of Bronchitis. I actually like this one a lot too. 28MAR_2016(2)

Thanks for stopping by. You can check out my other designs on my QDAD page. If you want to join in check out our closed group on facebook (click join).

Please Note: 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”.

5 thoughts on “QDAD: March

  1. marykeasler

    Michelle, your designs continue to amaze and inspire me. We are anxiously and eagerly awaiting your workshop in July.

  2. janequiltsslowly

    I really enjoy seeing these designs. I like the butter knives and clouds. You are so generous to share them. I’m doing a ‘new to Ello’ block exchange using your tutorial Grapefruit & Clementine from Sew Mama Sew. Probably using different colors.

  3. Pingback: Recent quilt designs {QDAD} | Factotum of Arts

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