Category Archives: Quilt designs

Recent quilt designs {QDAD}

It has been forever since I posted some of my designs, here on my blog (looks like all the way back in March). I have gotten back into posting designs but mostly on Instagram as I have been participating in #30daysofdesign.

So to catch you all up here are a few of my favorite designs for some of the previous months, April and July.


This first design was really focused on playing around with Half Rectangle Triangles and the Quarter Rectangle Triangles. I really loved the unusual color palette that was provided by the spark.


This color palette also translated well into Alison Glass Fabrics which I really need to start using more vs. collecting 😉 I think this is a great skill building for machine piecing or could translate well into an EPP project. 24_apr_20162

Another favorite this month was this very modular design using squares and lines. The inspiration was a building. I like the slightly unusual color palette but thinking that I might make it with different colors.25_apr_2016

My favorite in all of these is definitely this one, that was inspired by some very large barrels that were wrapped in string. I was very surprised in this color palette, as I really like it though not the usual neutrals I would choose. 26_apr_20161

This is how I translated a Daffodil garden amongst the concrete jungle of the city. Its amazing how the pops of color just makes the dull dreariness so lively.



Not my favorite design, this simple cross block quilt but I did think it was an unusual color a palette with the pastel, white based colors.


I loved how it translated into these fabrics. 02july20165

Again the unusual color palette of this design that is inspired by a yellow beach umbrella is one of my favorites in July. I am thinking of making this one as is. Kind of reminds me of an Annie Albers rug.


Lastly, I played around some more with the New Your Highline spark photo, and came up with this design to represent the building structure and the pop of orange from the sign.


I’ll catch you up with August and September next week.


Working with Fractions {WiP}

I was so excited to find out that my son’s 3rd grade math homework was working with fractions. He was tasked to make his own quilt design, breaking a square into fractions. This is what he came up with (at the bottom of the page).


We talked about making it into an actual quilt. He was so excited. This weekend, I needed a break from my other projects and made up a couple of 7″ test blocks. Hilariously, he came into my studio “Mum, these are cool but I want it to be BIG”.

He bought into my color palette, that was really based on how much yardage I had available.  Kona white, silver and plenty of yardage of pickle and highlight, with a pop of stone, was in for the win.


Color placement of this palette (right border still to add) was so fun to play with. Also, if you have not tried playing with a block turned into a large scale design, it is a lot of fun, highly recommend it.

My favorite thing though, was working with him on the design. We are thinking about a series of his fraction blocks, for a future project (maybe, for end of year teacher gifts).

Linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s bee Social (tomorrow).

Sew Fresh Quilts

Introspection {design process}

As some of you know, participating in Quilt Design a Day has been such a great activity for me. It has given me the ability to find myself as a quilter, find out what I like and don’t like, and given me the ability to focus. The thing I am most thankful for, is being more aware, opening my eyes to the world around me.  I would like to share with you all some of my experiences over a few blog posts, let’s try every two weeks to start and see where the journey takes us. There maybe even some link-ups, if you all are interested sharing, as we go on this journey. I would love to hear your thoughts and what you all see in your journey too.


Have you noticed that we all have a natural ability to find things we like and that draw you in. Most of the time though, we don’t spent time in that moment, however I think that changes, at least for me, when you are on vacation or actually chosen to be in the moment. That’s why we take photo’s right.

Moment 1: OBX

While on vacation at the Outer Banks, NC, we spent time at the beach by Hatteras Lighthouse. It has, what I think is an amazing remnant of a jetty or boat ramp. I find it so stark both within its environment (nature vs. man-made) and in color (dark vs. light).


The color palette of this spark is very neutral and making this work as a quilt design was a bit of a struggle initially. I started with my usual minimal style with just using vertical lines to represent the jetty and it moving into the center of the picture.


It was not enough for me and I felt it needed more in the background so I started playing with adding triangles. Once complete, the bars now were not as visible and I didn’t think they were required. I played around a little more with the balance for the representative jetty remnant, surf and sand. This was my final result:


This turned out much better than I could image and I love the fact its more the idea it represents vs. the actual shapes that are in the spark.

Moment 2: Mosaic

Walking through the slave quarters, at a Charleston plantation was very humbling. The history was felt and I loved the pieces that were in the quarters representing past lives. In one of the quarters was this mosaic of broken things that were unearthed.


This lead me a more traditional modern design for me, with the focal point of the circle and dark green bottle shard (with the coral dot) becoming a focal point also in my design. I liked the color palette for the blues/aqua and was automatically drawn to overlapping shapes. The hardest thing for me, in this design, was playing with the placement of the shape. Originally this shape was turned 45 degrees, which made it a more flat shape. After playing withe angles and placement, I like it much better on point.


Lastly, I played with the repeat. This is the final design, for now, but I am still thinking about thinning out the denser columns (removing maybe one shape from each column).

I hope you enjoyed my walk through and thoughts of my design process for these two.  I would love to hear your feedback or if you have questions or want to know more about something, please leave a comment below. Additional information on my quilt designs can also be found here:

  • QDAD page for a summary or instagram #qdad (for several other designs) #qdad2reality for finished quilts.
  • Quilt design class

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”.