Category Archives: Project Finishes

Pineapple + Untamed Fabrics {a finish}

Sarah from @nohatsquilts (blog) asked me if I could design a quilt using her soon to be released fabric line “Untamed” from Me+You fabrics. I jumped at the chance.

The design I had in mind was based on a doodle that I drew while on a conference call at work.  thought it would great with her black and white prints…almost zebra like.

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As I started to make the curved shapes they reminded me more of paperclips which was not the affect I was after. So, a change of plan was needed.IMG_8417

Instead of focusing on the black and white prints, Untamed came with a rainbow of colors, I decided that it would look good with another design I had finished up earlier in the year.

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To get these graduating angles I used freezer paper templates, as I could cut out the appropriate size and reuse the template for the next row. It was fun seeing how the top progressed with the change in color. They are ordered from dark to light and separated by warm and cold colors.

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It really reminded me of the tropics; a coconut tree or the outside of pineapple. The pineapple gave me an idea to use one f the Me+You pineapple prints they had for the back.  I sent the quilt off to Cary Quilting company to do an all over (edge to edge design), choosing something that reminded me more of tropics, almost like a hibiscus flower.

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The quilt is finished with quit binding as I could not find anything else I thought would work well with it. I am pleased with the cute finish and the colors really pop. It is 50 X 65″ finish, making it a perfect Childs lap quilt.

This quilt is the third quilt I plan to action off for charity, sometime late July – early August and give the proceeds of the auction to @together.rising (also check out their web page for general information and also how to donate and support their COVID-19 Assistance Program). This charity I have been supporting almost a year and does amazing work in the community.

Stay tuned, I will post Auction information on my instagram account @ml_wilkie.

HST Checkers & Succulent II {finishes}

Over the last year, I have been feeling more of a need to give back to the community. I originally started by donating quilts to NC folks that were recovering from one of our hurricanes. I really enjoyed making these community quilts.

This year at QuiltCon I had picked up an amazing 100 x 5″ square charm pack with Alison Glass fabric. When COVID-19 stay at home orders were issued, I decided I needed some mindless sewing to do. For me that was making Half Square Triangles (HST) with the charm pack and a some Kona Snow (I has on bolt). IMG_0691

I had enough squares to make 2 quilts, with a couple of additions from stash. I chose two designs, a simple grid based combination of snow and a 2×2 block and a previous one I used for my succulent quilt (just larger blocks this time). IMG_0713

Both the quilts were:

  • Backed with Speckled print from Ruby Star Society, one with yellow and one with teal.
  • They were also both long-arm quilted by Cary Quilting Company with and edge to edge design.
  • Bound with an older Alison Glass print.

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This is the final quilt for the Succulent remake which finishes at 76 x76″. The placement of the colors are to highlight the radiant movement of the triangles. Starts with Blacks, Greys, Low Volumes, Oranges, Blues & Teals, Yellow, Pinks & Purples and finishes with the greens. There are no repeat print in the same color way. I love how this quilt turned out. IMG_0892

The other quilt, the gridded layout, matched up the colors again but this time in sets of 4. My goal of the block placement was to make sure there were minimal repeats of colors in  a row or a single column. This one finishes at 64″ x 72″. IMG_0959

These two quilts, I plan to try something different with. Sometime late July – early August I plan to Auction these quilts off and give the proceeds of the auction to @together.rising (also check out their web page for general information and also how to donate and support their COVID-19 Assistance Program). This charity I have been supporting almost a year and does amazing work in the community. There is one more quilt which I’ll post about over the weekend, Pineapple, which will also be in the auction.

Stay tuned, I will post Auction information on my instagram account @ml_wilkie.

Quinary {a finish}

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Idea

Back in 2018, I was had a give away every month. One of the give aways was I would make a mini quilt for the winner. The winner said her favorite color was blue.

At the time, I was looking for a way to design stacked circles/ovals and I discovered Leon Polk Smith. He uses shapes and lines within other shapes to get these interesting nested pieces.

Design

I designed this piece, which I new straight away that I would piece in the dark blue but raw edge appliqué the circles to the background.

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As I cut the three circles (using the olfa circular rotary cutter), they reminded me of Mickey Mouse ears. So making a change in design I added two more circles.

Create

This piece went together really easily. I had backed the circles with Pellon Shape Flex 101 Interfacing to stabilize the raw edges and I then basted and stitched the circles in place.

Quilt

I keep the quilting simple with just straight lines. Keeping me company the weekend, I made this, I also had my Sewtopia buddy Corrina staying. She helped with the photoshop (LOL) of the finished quilt. This was a fun quick project and I love how that secondary square shape can be seen though it is not complete.

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Details

Name : Quinary
Design:
 Original Design
Fabric: White, Alegra, Indigo Kona Solids
Dimensions:
26 x 33 in.
Quilted: 1/2″ Straight line and gridded quilting using Aurifil white #2847