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Celestial Spheres (Part 1): Winter Solstice

I received some happy mail a couple for weeks ago, that I knew would be perfect for a recent QDAD design (not shared yet on my blog). I love these Handcrafted prints by Alison Glass, the colors are so vibrant.

This is the first of a series of quilts inspired by the colors of Winter’s peak – the winter solstice. I love the grey and cooler colours which I think are perfect for this winter theme. The Handcrafted prints worked well with the background fabric which is from Botanics, Carolyn Friedlander.


The quilt is 30 x 30 ” with circles at 3″ diameter (cut with a Olaf circular rotary cutter). I measured out the start and end positions of the two lines and for the diagonal line I used washi tape (or painters tape) to ensure the placement of the middle circles remain straight. I tacked the circles at 1/4″ on the background fabric.


This was the perfect project for hand sewing on vacation….yes, I took it on our girl’s weekend and a business trip. Each circle, I used needle turn applique to finish the circles (similar to the technique shown in this tutorial).IMG_2866

The next one in the series will represent the Autumn Equinox….I have the fabrics ready for my next business trip in early November.AutumnEquinox_FabricSelection

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

“Hot House Orchids” : Entry for Bloggers Quilt Festival

So, this is my second quilt I am entering in Amy’s Bloggers Quilt Festival.


I loved this project for so many reasons:

  • The study of the color radiant orchid
  • My first ever appliqué quilt
  • I was exploring the using of lines and borders and inspired by Quilting: Color + Lines  by Yoshiko Jinzenji


The fabric for the front is Alison Glass’ line Clover Sunshine, which has such fabulous colors.

I just used some irregular straight line quilting on this one, to ensure the quilting did not take away from the study of lines.

Name: Hothouse Orchids
 18″ x 19″
Fabric (front): Clover Sunshine by Alison Glass, Kona Violet (sashing), Kona White (background)
Fabric (back): Ludovika from Ikea
Quilting: Straight line quilting – various width bands with invisible thread.

I am entering this one to the appliqué quilt section. You should take a look, I already have a favorite in this category….the one with all the chairs….LOVE IT!!

Do you have a favorite yet??

Hothouse Orchids – Pantone Quilt Challenge Finish

I have finished my Pantone Quilt Challenge quilt. This mini quilt really allowed me to explore a couple of themes:

  • A color study with Radiant Orchid, where I used shades of Radiant orchid as sashing and across the diagonal from top left to bottom right. The whole clover sunshine line by Alison Glass offered great radiant orchid like prints and great complementary colors.
  • A theme study for Borders and Lines; after reading Quilting: Color + Lines  by Yoshiko Jinzenji, I thought this would be a great opportunity to explore this topic with fiber.


This quilt is all appliqué, which was my first time using this technique. I really enjoyed it. I had a hard times with a couple of decisions:

  • Should I put a thicker border around the edge?
  • Should I go darker or go white for the binding?

After great feedback from my IG friends (thank you), I chose no thick borders, and I did go with the darker binding.


So, to wrap up…the final details:
Name: Hothouse Orchids
18″ x 19″
Fabric (front): Clover Sunshine by Alison Glass, Kona Violet (sashing), Kona White (background)
Fabric (back): Ludovika from Ikea
Quilting: Straight line quilting – various width bands with invisible thread.

Linking up and entering the Mini Quilt Pantone Quilt Challenge hosted by Anne @ Play crafts + Adrianne @ On the Windy Side.

2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge


This is also one of my Quarter Goals and linking up with:

Sunday Stash #2 – 2014

I love using low-volume fabrics. I decide to put together a low-volume mosaic, that I would like to buy. I have recently bought a few of these from Hawthorne threads.mosaic150332ee978d1256bac00c7120ae66f2ad224997

  1. Pilvi in Eggplant, Mormor – Lotta Jansdotter
  2. Line Leaf in Khaki,Bark and Branch – Eloise Renouf 
  3. Leaves in Curry, Botanics – Carolyn Friedlander
  4. Text in Charcoal, Sunrise Print Text – Alison Glass
  5. Triangularity in Stardust, Chromatics – AGF
  6. Soaring Free in Cloudy, Safari Moon – Frances Newcombe
  7. Wood Grain in Teal, Scenic Route – Deena Rutter
  8. Jewel in Coral, Catnap – Lizzy House
  9. Up in the Air Pollen, Up Up and Away – Skinny LaMinx
  10. Mod Dot in Dove True Colors – Heather Bailey
  11. Meandering in Petal, Wee Wander – Sarah Jane
  12. La Venta in Jade, Palos Verde Voile – A Creative Mint

Of course, you can’t just have low-volumes, you need some bright and vibrant color prints too!!! Here is my recent purchase…..I am loving Alison Glass Clover Sunshine (purchased from Westwood Acres). AlisonGlass_SunshineClover

I am using this bundle, in a project for Book Review Tuesday. I am thinking of double dipping. I love those purples on the left which could be perfect for “Radiant Orchid” Pantone Challenge link-up.

2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid

Ooh, almost forgot. I am trying out instagram (ml_wilkie), I would love to see what you all are up to. What do you think about instagram??

Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash (link on the right hand menu).