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About mlwilkie

Software Developer, Mother, Wife with keen interest in art, design and crafts of all kinds.

Reigniting Creativity + Giveaway

I am excited to see the progress in some of my projects at the moment. Things are finally moving forward. I am traveling a bit for work at the moment, which has led to a great opportunity to diversify my projects. I think it has reignited my creativity.

I took a great class with Season Evans on hand quilting small stitches at QuiltCon. Since taking that class I am now confident in tackling the hand quilting I want to add to Orange Creamsicle quilt top. Luckily, I have a trip scheduled next week, so with my 28wt Aurifil thread in hand, I can start adding some of those lines.

The other travel project at the moment, is an applique project for my book. The blocks have been a lot of fun and I have found them relaxing. I have really enjoyed playing with selections of fabrics from my Alison Glass stash.

The bottom right block is all basted and ready for stitching. I now have plenty of choice in thread colors with my new box set of 80 wt threads, that I picked up this week from the Fat Quarter Shop. It’s fantastic for applique, you hardly see the stitches.


(FYI…I am using #ideadesigncreatequilt if you want to check out progress of my book projects over the next year).

Giveaway

Since, I bought my new box of threads of 80wt Aurifil,  I have some duplicate spools from a previous purchase. I would love to share these with a couple of people who are interested in trying it out. I have two “collections” of 5 spools (one neutral, the other multi-colored). I will randomly choose 2 winner’s next Monday at 10pm EST.

To win one of these “collections”, leave a comment below letting me know your favorite applique tutorial and/or technique.

 

March Madness {Hope not}

March is usually a crazy time of year, in my world (and not due to basketball). I am hoping it is not the same this year. It’s been a month since I blogged last….wow where did time go. I have been super busy with various projects…

QuiltCon 2017

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1. Sunday Best; 2. Rails; 3. Negative Crosswalks

QuiltCon 2017 happened last week. Three of my quilts were accepted, which was so great to see in the show. Sunday Best (first quilt on the left) was also in the QuiltCon Magazine and was the feature quilt for the section introduction of “Quilts of the Show”. I was thrilled.

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I also organized a showcase for Quilt Design a Day that had some amazing quilts from amazing people.

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The whole weekend was so amazing, as I got to meet old friends and make new friends and got to try hand quilting for the first time. Overall, a fantastic and memorable weekend.

Other News..

I published my second article for the MQG  (you need to be a member to view the link) on Improvisation: Shapes and Lines.

Also, the other big news item, is….I am self-publishing my own book (with help from a great technical editor and graphic designer). The book will be on the process of Quilt Designing. I hope to have it for sale late Q1/ early Q2 2018. I am so excited and can’t wait to share more.

I hope to be blogging a little more this month (shouldn’t be hard to improve from 0 posts in February ;-)).

 

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Pink Sherbet {a finish}

What feels like forever ago, I posted a secret project out on Instagram.

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Well, that project had its reveal to on Love Patchwork and Quilting Instagram and Facebook accounts. “Pink Sherbet” is a pattern in this month’s issue of LPQ #43.

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Photo Credit: Love Patchwork and Quilting

This is a huge project for me, as its only the second time I have made a twin size quilt.  I am also not a fan of pink, so getting the right balance was important for me. I loved playing with the improvisational strip piecing and seeing some of my favorite prints in the mosaic of pink.

A couple of design decisions, included adding 3 areas of scrappy grey piecing into the sashing – the bottom left corner was just some strips, the right middle was a variety of quarter triangles, and lastly (which is almost hidden) top second left strip has a few flying geese (also in the first image above).

The other design decision was to add a bright yellow binding, which I think offers a great complementary warm color, balancing the silver grey. This yellow is also in the back with some great Alexander Henry 60 looking prints.

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Photo Credit: Love Patchwork and Quilting

Details

Name: Pink Sherbet
Design:
Original Design
Fabric: Pink Strips of variety prints, Kona Sliver
Backing: Alexander Henry (mostly)
Dimensions:  72 x 90″
Quilted: Large Circles by Cathy Kirk @ The Quilting Cowgirl

The best news is that LPQ are starting a sister TV channel (Sewing Quarter – coming soon..tomorrow in fact) and you may see this quilt in the backdrop of the set sometime.

Fractions {a finish}

I loved the collaboration with my son on this quilt. He actually designed it based on his 3rd grade math fraction homework, last year. He was also the one who decided on the scale – he wanted it “big”.

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Due to the large-scale size and not wanting to buy additional fabric, lead to the fabric combinations you see – Kona Pickle, Highlight, White, Sliver, and Stone.

There were actual several other design choices:

  • Irregular width border
  • Color Placement – Stone (which is in the bottom right corner) was too over powering to be a big triangle, so I replaced it with White and made the stone a smaller triangle. Also, I didn’t want the border to look as an additional, so the white triangle on the top right was purposely placed to break that definitive line.
  • Quilting – The big decision other than the overall design was to again address the incorporation of the border. I extended the quilting lines from the small triangles through the border. The direction for each of the quarters through the border were defining the diagonal quarter lines of the square.quiltingdetail_2
  • The thread color matches each of the fabrics and that color continues through the borders.
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  • Lastly, the binding was mostly white but add color balance, I add pickle to the top of the quilt which is matched to the bottom pickle triangle in the bottom left edge. I repeated this balance on the right side binding by matching the stone triangle.

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I love how the quilting turned out and its going to look amazing once its washed.

Details

Name: Fraction
Design:
Original Design by my son
Fabric: Robert Kaufman Kona – Pickle, Highlight, White, Silver, Stone
Backing: Various Carolyn Friedlander prints
Dimensions:  60 x 60″
Quilted: Straight line Machine quilted. Used Aurifil wt 50 – #2021, #5022, #2600, #2325, #2110

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

 

Improv. Log Cabin {Quick finish}

It’s been a slow start to blogging this year. I am still in New Zealand, and just finished a tiki-tour around the top of the South Island. It was so great to be reminded how beautiful New Zealand is.

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I have managed to make progress on a couple of quilting projects while I have been away. I am going to go a little out-of-order (if you follow my Instagram account) as I need to take more pics on a couple of bigger finishes. So, the first project is the Christmas Gift for my sister. She has a lovely red wall in her house and I thought it might be nice to make a hand-made gift for that room. This pillow was her gift.

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This was a fun project. I played with some scraps I had in cotton and mixed it with Robert Kaufman’s mammoth flannel and Metallic Essex Linen.  I used some organic matchstick quilting in white which seemed the best choice. The back is the red “quilty” canvas you see in the middle.

Details

Name: Log Cabin Pillow
Design:
Original Design – Improvisation
Fabric: Various Solid from my scrap bins, Robert Kaufman Mammoth flannel, Metallic Essex Linen
Backing: Canvas
Dimensions:  18 x18″
Quilted: Organic Matchstick Quilting. Used Aurifil #2021 wt. 50

 

 

 

Looking Forward | 2017

I have been contemplating what my goals are this year, and to be honest I don’t really have any defined goals.

I do, however, have things I want to do more of:

  • Be more engaged with a wider quilting community.
  • Kept expanding and learning my quilt style.
  • Teach more quilt classes this year. New class offerings are coming later this month.
  • Release a few more quilt patterns. Start with the previously released magazine submissions.
  • Submit quilts to one or more Quilt shows.
  • Work on a couple of magazine submissions and additional content submissions.

I would also like to finish at least half of these WiPs this year:

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1. Orange Creamsicle; 2. Home; 3. Rangers Station; 4. Tree-lined Street; 5. Lines Drawn; 
6. Bjorn the Bear; 7. Aerial Quilt; 8. Tapa Cloth Star; 9. Stitch and Flip

I have a couple of other things brewing but still working on defining them. So, that’s my loose plan for 2017. What about you all?

Reflection {2016}

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1.  Square in Square 2. Lunar Lines 3. Spoonflower Sampler 4. Cheri d'Amour 
5. Treehouse Ladders 6. Daughters Love 7. Fly Away 8. Push-me, Pull-me 9. Mad Dash 
10. Rails 11. Sunday Best 12. Fractions (upcoming post) 13. Abstract Triangles I 
14 & 15. Abstract Triangles II & III 16. Denim Blues

I am super excited, taking this time to see what I accomplished this year as I did way more than I thought I did. Above were all my finishes in 2016. I am so pleased to see that 3 of the quilts were old WiPs (~2 years in the making), and 3 were magazine submissions.  I am most excited that 7 of these projects were gifted and that included a quilt to my son and my mum.

This year, definitely has not been without its challenges, especially with my Mum and her struggles. We (myself, husband and son) are happy to be able to see her and the rest of my family at Christmas, and get to spend this time with her before the now inevitable end. Thank to all those who bought a Daughters Love Pattern, all proceeds have been donated to NZ Cancer Society.

Lastly, as we wrapped up on the year, I decided to take a look at goals I set for myself. I have not really looked at these goals until now… and I was curious how I did.

  • Make that quilt for my son and one for my mom.
    Completed (both a quilt for my son and mum)
  • Continue making my designs into reality. My goal is to make 1 quilt a month…12 quilting projects total.
    I have continued to do QDAD but on an intermittent basis and been exploring more improv in that last couple of months. I did accomplish more than 12 quilting projects this year. Thumbs up!!
  • Start a blog or Instagram series, related to design (plans are underway).
    This changed to a Color Blog series which was fun to run, even though schedules were what they were. Thank you to all the folks who helped out during the series and/or sponsored it. Such a great time.
  • Release at least 4 patterns (PDF and in Print).
    Partially completed, I published 4 new patterns via pdf and updated 1 older one. I have my template for print patterns but have not executed further on it.
  • Go to Spring Quilt Market (I was approved/qualified!!)
    Did not get to do this year and it looks like it might be a 2018 thing.
  • Teach at least 4 quilting classes and attend at least 2 quilting classes.
    I taught 4 quilt design classes and attended classes at our guild’s retreat (from @melintheattic) and Sewtopia Atlanta (Elizabeth Hartman and Denyse Schmidt). Great time all round.
  • Submit quilts for consideration to juried quilt shows (definitely QuiltCon 2017)
    For Quiltcon 2017, I submitted 3 new quilts and 3 were accepted. I submitted another one was a repeat submission that had been juried in before but I modified; and rightfully so it was not accepted a second time around. I also got 2 quilts juried in and accepted into the Modern Quilt Showcase at Quilt Festival and 1 quilt juried into the Modern Quilt Category for an AQS show.
  • Submit an application for an art gallery showing.
    Work in process, currently building out a theme (have 8-9 pieces out of 10 ready)
  • Make some decisions about my brand to set up for the future.
    Keeping with what I have, at the moment, but have new logo’s/branding for patterns etc. Thanks to the wonderful Melissa @ meliherboth (IG)

Additionally, I wrote by first published article (fantastic Tech. Editor Ginny @minnowpeck (IG)), and presented my first quilting webinar for the MQG…..with more things coming next year!!

I need to gather my thoughts for my goals next year and take stock in my outstanding WiPs, but I have a couple of big ideas brewing. Check back here in the new year for my 2017 goals.