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Bloggers Quilt Festival: Phased Circles

Late last year, I finished what is now my favorite quilt I have made so far. It was one of my first original designs, which started as a doodle on a piece of paper. After several design decisions, this is what I came up with for a finish. I think I might of cried for joy when I finished this….especially after an epic 80 hour quilting session (over a week).


This quilt has bought me so much joy and sense of accomplishment. I even got to see it hanging at QuiltCon, and had the most amazing time talking with folks about the design. It was so funny when people know you through something you have made vs. more your name first.

Name: Phased Circles
Dimensions: ~ 56″ x 60″
Design: Michelle Wilkie (inspired by a doodle)
Quilted: Walking foot

Blocks: Matchstick quilting (vertical and horizontal), Crosshatch quilting
Border: 1″ Straight Line quilting
Thread – Aurifil: A fantastic range of cottons that allowed me to match my fabrics perfectly, and made such a difference in textures. Blue block: 6738, 2725; Orange Block: 1133; Green Block: 2835, 5015; Pink Block: 1100, 2600; Jade: 2810, 5007; Gold: 5022, 2110 (not all colors shown in the picture below).

Fabric for Front: Carolyn Friedlander Architextures & Botanics, Kona Curry, Valentine, Breakers, Torch, Wasabi, Prussian, White
Backing: Black, White and Grey Carolyn Friedlander Architextures & Botanics, Kona White and Black
Binding: Matching Binding technique (matching prints/solids)

Here is a mosaic that shows some of the detail of the quilting and the back which is a strong contrast to the bright colors of the front….its all black, white and grey.


I have decided to share this in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival Original Design Category. I hope you all go over and either participate, look around and vote!! Have fun, be inspired.


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.


Blogger’s Quilt Festival Entry: Wonky Universe

I know I am leaving this to the last-minute to join the Bloggers Quilt Festival….I couldn’t decide what to choose, or if I was going to link-up anything. Needless to say, I have decided to enter. I loved this particular project, as it was for my son. He uses it every night and loves it. Is that not the best reward??

I am entering his pillow “Wonky Universe” for the mini quilt section link-up. It is made mostly from Lizzie House Constellations mini charms. I added a wonky star in one corner to add a visual focus.

I loved the wonkiness of the pillow in the mismatched squares and in the star. I also enjoyed the multi-colored quilting in this cushion. I used both yellow and navy thread. Here is a close-up. IMG_7226

Just one more photo… and that is my entry.IMG_7254

Linking up with Amy’s Creative Side.


Bloggers quilt festival: My first quilt finish

My first quilt is now complete; a mini quilt that was originally for our quilt guild Madrona Road Challenge!!! I decided that it is, also perfect timing to take advantage of the  Bloggers Quilt Festival, and live the experience first hand.


As mentioned in my previous blog, the center block designs stemmed from tiles pictured in a recent dwell magazine. The overall design was influenced by this Portuguese tiled bath floor:


I loved the blue framing of the black and white tiled bottom of the bath (at least what looks like a bath). So taking that concept I came up with this quilt top using the madrona road fabric and a lot of blue kona cottons, and a splash of yellow and a single crimson tile.


I machine bound my quilt in navy. I love how the darker edge makes the rest of the quilt pop and also pulls out the darker blue prints.IMG_7339

The backing consists of navy blue kona cotton, with a stripe of Madrona road blocks and a stripe of ash grey and yellow solids. The stripes were made from scrapes left over from the front and I improvised the piecing.


I kept the quilting relatively simple. To highlight the blocks, I used yellow cotton for the edge and diagonals of this section (see above the details). I then used light grey cotton to quilt rectangles from the center to the diagonals in a web like radiating pattern. The blue tile framed edges I just used lines to highlight the rows – again in light grey cotton.


I love the crinkly look of the quilt after it was washed and dried. Here are some more summary details:

Finished size:  ~33″ x 28″
Pattern:  Improvised and designed by me
Fabric:  Madrona Road (7 fat eighths), Kona Cotton blues, ash grey, crimson and gold
Binding: Machine sewn
Quilting:  Simple lines, created with my walking foot on my brother sewing machine

I hope to add new photos once it stops raining here :-).