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Bloggers Quilt Festival: Succulent

I have had the great opportunity to participate in Quilt Design a Day, and share some of those designs as tutorials on Sew Mama Sew. My favorite project so far is my design “Succulent” (tutorial to make this quilt can be found here).


This color palette (that was supplied by design seeds) was so far out my comfort zone which made this so appealing.

My first attempt of quilting did not go so well…
The second time was much better and complements the quilt so well. It has some straight line quilting with a focus on the middle intersecting lines. These I quilted in a peachy color and sewed both the vertical and horizontal lines.


Name: Succulent
Dimensions: 40″ x 40″
Design: Michelle Wilkie
Fabric for Front: Kona Chocolate, Kona Peach, Kona Mint, Kona Leaf and Kona Pool
Backing: Dottie in Caviar, Cotton + Steel Basics (Backing)
Binding: Garden Gate in Berry, Sweet as Honey, Bonnie Christine
Quilting: Straight Line Quilted, ½” Spacing; Aurifil 50wt; Fleshly Pink (2420), Light Blue Grey (2610)

I am entering this quilt in Amy’s fantastic Bloggers Quilt Festival in the Original Design category. Don’t forget, if you want to make one of these the tutorial over at Sew Mama Sew. Voting starts tomorrow for the festival.


Bloggers Quilt Festival: Neighbourhood

I am so excited for the opportunity to enter this quilt in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, as it is definitely my favorite finished quilt so far.

Neighbourhood was one of my first designs I posted for Quilt Design a Day. The design reminded me of a neighbourhood block with houses and fences. When thinking about fabric, I knew I wanted to try Oakshott Colourshott Cottons with this one. Those vibrant colors would be perfect. I paired the 10 x 10″ Colourshott cottons with Kona Oyster.

Neighbourhood_Finished_Front_CloseupThe back of the quilt was made from left over scraps, designing as I went to produce these improv blocks. I love the look of the totem pole on the back. I really wanted it offset.

Neighbourhood_Finished_BackI struggled with the quilting on this one, as I did not want to take away from the design. I decided on straight line 1/2″ quilting but changed it up a little by adding angles. I used painters tape/washi tape for guides.
IMG_2519 I think one of my favourite decisions was the choice of the Aurifil #4658 wt. 50 (Sunshine Variegated Thread) which is so hard to capture in photos. It just adds that little something.Close-up Quilting_Neighbourhood


Name: Neighbourhood
Dimensions: ~ 31″ x 33″ Mini Quilt
Design: Michelle Wilkie (inspired by a rug)
Quilted: Straight line quilting  Aurifil #4658 wt. 50 (Sunshine Variegated Thread)
Fabric for Front: Oakshott Colourshott Cotton + Kona Oyster
Backing: Dottie, Cotton and Steel + Oakshott Cotton + Kona Oyster
Binding: Kona School Bus


Additional Blog Posts

Finished Quilt (additional photos and details)
Quilting Close-ups
Quilting process and steps
Back Details
Top Finish
Design + Initial Color Palette

The wonderful Amy is hosting the Bloggers Quilt Festival again, and I am entering in the Small Quilt Category. I would encourage you all to have a go and enter in one of the categories. Good luck and have fun!! Voting begins 1st November.


“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??