Category Archives: Patterns

Mt. SohCahToa {a finish}

When designing a new quilt design, I am usually inspired by things around me and what I have seen. This time was no different. This past year (April 2018), we had the most amazing road trip in Utah and a smidge in Arizona. We visited 7 national parks and a couple of other parks in 7 days (Arches, Canyonlands, Natural Bridges, Monument Valley, Glen Canyon Dam, Horse Shoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon @ml.wilkie_adventures).


More images of our trip you can check out my other Instagram account (@ml.wilkie_adventures)

It was such an inspiring trip. One of the images that made me think of a quilt design was one of the La Sal Mountain range seen from Arches National Park. The continuous looking peaks lead me to a design using lines of angled triangles. The color’s represent the snow-capped peaks and rock base. These colors are also inspired by the color of the mountains from a distance.


I submitted the design to the MQG for a Quilt of the Month and it was released in December (lucky last of the year).  Knowing that I had to make a pattern from this, meant I actually needed to consider repeatability and provide measurements that when making  I wouldn’t normally worry about.


After some trail and error, I paper pieced the triangles as accuracy of those triangles were important to the overall design. In a hilarious conversation with friends on working out the length of those rows, I broke out my math skills. As these are isosceles triangles, I divided a single triangle down the middle and worked out 1/2 Base using the right-angled triangles using some geometry (Soh-Cah-Toa). This gave me enough to calculate the length of those rows for you all but more importantly a few laughs with friends. When it came to naming the quilt, this conversation lead to the name.


For quilting, I used a light blue grey Aurifil thread for some 1/2″ straight line quilting. I used the horizontal lines of the triangles as a guide. As a surprise, adding more interest, some echoed triangles were stitched randomly into the quilting lines. You’ll find these not only within the triangles but also echoed in some of the negative space.


Lastly, I wanted to highlight that last horizontal lines (the base of the snow line). I did this using two different colors in the binding and color blocked it to match the fabric color palette in the design.



Name : Mt. Soh-Cah-Toa
Design by myself
Fabric: Paintbrush Studio’s Painters Palette Solids.
Binding: Paintbrush Studio’s Painters Palette Solids
Dimensions:  60″ x 60″
Quilted: Straight Line 1/2″ with inset echoed triangles

If you are an MQG member, you can get this free pattern from the resources web page here.


Phased Circles {Pattern Release}

Phased Circles is a very special quilt for me. It was the first quilt that truly identifies who I am. It really made me realize quilting is something I want to do, its something I love.


It was designed from a doodle and plays with color and volume. I recently had a great time teaching the block at Cary Quilting Company. It was so great what other people could do with the pattern using their fabric choices.

Now, it can be your turn. The digital pattern for Phased Circles is now available for purchase, in both my Payhip shop and on Craftsy.

I would love to see what you make, so tag me on Instagram (@ml_wilkie) and use the hashtag #phasedcirclesquilt.

Mad Dash {Pattern Release}

Today I am releasing my Mad Dash Quilt Pattern. It is now available in my payhip and craftsy shops.


Over some time, I had started to collect a significant amount of scrap and panels of Maze and Vale low volume, hand printed fabrics. Saving them for the perfect quilt. After playing around with dashes, inspired by the lines in a text document, I came up with this design.


In my head, I could envision the recently released Art Gallery Fabrics soft Denim for the dashes, and the Maze and Vale prints for the backgrounds.


I love how this quilt turned out. I have two layers of batting and denim on the back as this is now our picnic blanket.mad-dash-back
The pattern includes 3 alternative sizes. The pattern testers did an amazing job. I love their choices.

Photo Credits to each of the testers:
1. Debbie's Pillow (IG: @aquilterstable); 
2. Katherine's Lizzie House quilt (IG: @katgraycraft);
3. Jacqueline's quilt using solids (IG: @jskarritt); 
4. Molly's in a great woodsy palette (IG: @lane33andhalf)


Name: Mad Dash
Original Design (Payhip or Craftsy)
Fabric: AGF Denim Studio, Maze and Vale Low Volumes
Backing: AGF Denim Studio
Binding: AGF Textured Denim
Dimensions: 60 x 60″
Quilted: Sarah @ Crinkle Love

I would love to see any makes with the pattern. Tag me on Instagram (@ml_wilkie) or use the hashtag #maddashquilt

Daughter’s Love {Pattern Release}

This pattern, “Daughter’s Love” is now in my Payhip and Craftsy shop. The pattern includes this size 70 x 70″,  a proposed color layout, and also provides suggestions for 60 x 60″ (small lap-sized quilt), 40 x 50″ (Baby Quilt), 20 x 20″ (mini quilt or pillow). img_6747

This pattern is so special to me and is a chance to give back. All proceeds for this quilt, over the next month, will be given to the Cancer Society New Zealand, who provides accommodation and support for New Zealander’s during treatments (all fees will be covered by myself). If funds are sufficient, I will also donate money to another cancer society based in the US.


To give everyone some background, this quilt was created as a gift to my Mum. To give her comfort during chemotherapy, when I could not be there. She is battling against a brain tumor which has now been upgraded to Stage 4. In the past week, she has been re-cooperating at home from a 7.5 hr surgery to try to remove what they could of the tumor.

I did get the chance to spend this week with her in New Zealand, supporting her and my Dad. And guess what, my quilt was in use which is so fantastic to see – gave me warm fuzzies and put a smile on my face.


Anyway, I hope you will help me give back and support those who support others that are going through an incredible hardship and journey. OOXX




Abstract Triangles {Pattern Release}

It has been a long time coming, but I have finally started to finish off a few patterns that I had planned to release over the summer.


The first pattern, I am releasing is “Abstract Triangles”. This is the first of three in the series, with the other two being released in November. This design is one of my favorites. It was inspired by the Bauhaus art movement and by succulents. The pattern is a little different as it combines some exact measurements with some “free” piecing (no measurements provided, but instructions on how to trim). This pillow or mini quilt finishes as 26 x 26″.

My pattern testers did such an amazing job. I am so amazed at how their versions of this pattern turned out.

Wyna (IG: @wtodd141) made this great mini quilt using a neutral palette with a pop of yellow.


Wendy (IG: @wendybzquilting) made this fiery version using an Alison Glass print and bright solids. It reminds me of a volcano readying to blow.


Cheri (IG: @thefiberchick) used a variety of prints effectively to make this amazing result.


I definitely need to make this again with a different color palette and with prints after seeing these great interpretations.

If you are interested in the pdf pattern, you can find it here of payhip or here on Craftsy. Feel free to check out other patterns in my payhip shop, which you can reach directly from my blog (see “shop” menu item).


WINNER is Kris from Sew Sunshine. I will send you an email shortly with the pattern.

Would you like to win a copy of this pattern? You have two chances to win. Leave a comment below on “what art movement or artist or other source in which you find inspiration for designs/quilts”. For the second chance to win, hop over to instagram (ml_wilkie) where you can tag a friend per comment.

I will randomly select a winner for the pattern this Sunday 6pm EST.