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August QDAD

The set of designs, for this month, are all so different. I was inspired by folks like Clare Rojas, Lucienne Day, and Sherri Lynn Wood.  I really enjoyed the designs exploring improv. using various shapes (squares, triangles, stripes, and curves) from the 8th – 11th August. These designs were definitely my favorite of the month so far.

As the sparks (inspiration photo is not mine) don’t forget to check out the facebook page for the photos.

02 August: Coastal Village

The coastal village on the hillside spark had areas of color. I used these blobs of color in my design. I was also inspired by Clare Rojas work for this design.
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06 August: Dragon Boats

A line of dragon boats inspired this simplified design. The lines end at various lengths based on the angle of the line of boats.

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07 August: Flowers
These colors reminded me of Lucienne Day and inspired me to play elements that were in one of her designs where she breaks areas into angles and using solid shapes and lines. Here is my individual block but the repeats are endless and make unique patterns.

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The first one is a more regular pattern just using an inverse repeat but my favorite is the second design which randomly places the block at different rotations.QDAD_07August2015(1)        QDAD_07August2015(2)

08 August: Gridded Wire Frame

The gridded wire frame that was in the spark for this day, let me experiment with varying square designs that I had been collecting from various building facades.

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09 August: Car Show

Based on the squares the day before, and the inspiration I had experienced with Sherri Lynn Wood’s class, I decided I wanted to play with improv. only using triangles. I broke the areas into rows and sections and designed a piece at a time. This was the final design.

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10 August: Casino Lights

The spark definitely had three distinct areas, the two sides and the foyer. Still in the mood, for improv, I used those sections to introduce improv design elements of triangles and lines. The foyer section in the design represented by the full columns. I was surprised with the color palette of this spark, I really enjoyed it and definitely would not put these colors together naturally.

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11 August: San Diego Strip

In the spark, there were these unique curved lampposts in between the trees. These lamp posts and trees are represented by the left side of the design…playing with improv triangles and curves. Th right side with the more structural lines represent the building structures in the spark.

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12 August: Boardwalk Pier, San Diego

I was inspired by a blind and its reflection on the wall for this design. I do like the angles and the variations of the line widths in the design, though I would use a different color palette if I made this up.

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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”.

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QDAD: July

Lately, I have been so busy with other things that I have not spent a whole lot of time sewing/quilting or participating in Quilt Design a Day this month. I was lucky though ,to contribute the sparks (inspiration + color palette photos) in early July. Apparently, when I commit to doing the sparks, I can also commit to doing a design.

The sparks are all photos taken on various vacations, I have had. Have you ever taken a look through your photos and found quilting inspirations?? I have a different eye sometimes while on vacation….I think I am more open to see what is around me…so I see more design opportunities.

July 5: Moulin Rougue
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Love the dark moody colors this photo gave as a color palette….and how can you not use red while in Paris. The design is a minimalistic impression of the windmill blades.
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July 6: Ponte Sant’Angelo
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One of my favorite photos while in Rome. I love the view of Ponte Sant’Angelo from Castel Sant’Angelo key hole brick. It offered a stark neutral kind of palette. I choose to keep a simple brick layered design, color placement was important.QDAD_06JUL2015_CastelSantAngelo(1)

The original design had color placement a little different and I found it to noisy and made it look more like camouflage material.
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July 7: Rossio Square
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I love this palette of dark greys, mustard, stone and red-brown. There was so much you can do with the design of the bricks in the photo but I had been flipping through a magazine and found the most amazing shelving units. I took what fascinated me in the furniture and turned it into this design.
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July 8: Raglan
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I love coastal color palettes. There is so much variety. I had an idea for a totem like design, inspired by the Maori sculpture in the picture and I had seen this great multimedia textile design which inspired the triangles and stripes.QDAD_08JUL2015_NZSculpture(1)

I also like this color way and couldn’t really decide between the brighter or darker versions.QDAD_08JUL2015_NZSculpture

July 9: Raglan Succulents

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For those of us who started out when we were using design-seeds as the photo inspiration, we have a few subject matters that we just cringe at. Succulents can sometimes be part of the list. So, I had a great chuckle to myself for posting this. I do love the color palette. Not my usual as it reads a little pastel.

I was inspired by a few Bauhaus prints for this one and chose several different elements from a few of those prints to put this triangle design together.

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July 10: Portugal Coast
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I definitely have a thing at the moment for teals and coral colors. This color palette did remind me of a Lizzie House fabric line. I went with a simple design, again with lines of fractured color. This is not a bad design but with this color palette I would look at doing something different with it next time. QDAD_10JULY2016_LisbonCoast

Ah, that feels good to post some of the designs. I would love to hear what photo from your vacation inspires, or inspired any quilt design you may have made.

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”.

 

QDAD: Mid-March

I have been playing a bit of catch-up today. I was inspired by having some down time while traveling home today from Boston. Finally, I am posting some mid-March designs.

Please note the palettes for the following designs are on the groups Facebook page.

09 March: Tree-lined Street
I loved this palette, and this design is definitely on my make list and my favorite for this month. I am going to try out Nicole’s tutorial over @ Modern Handcraft.

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10 March: Lines I
I started playing around with lines in this design. It was a hard color palette to work with.

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12 March: Lines II – Creeping Ivy
Continued playing with lines. I think I want to make a quilt at some stage with the use of lines. I am just not sure if I have that design yet.

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13 March: Semi-Circles
I love this design, I just don’t like the colors. I think I will play with this a bit more and brave up to try my hand at curves.

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14 March: Diamonds
The text-y print in this design definietly balances out and makes the design. I like the mix of colors in the palette with the plums, mauves and pink + mustard, tan + black.

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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”.

QDAD: Early March

I have started of March feeling renewed and inspired. I hope you enjoy the first set of designs.

Please note the palettes for the following designs are on the groups Facebook page.

02 March: Boat Shed
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03 March: Grass Fields
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04 March: Bike Spokes
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05 March: Forest + Luxury Cars
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I was not sure about the racing stripes with the car, though I love the red with this color palette. So here is the design again with just the forest trees.

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07 March: Paper Fun
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08 March: Along the seashore
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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”.

QDAD: February

Amazingly, with QuiltCon and the snow (ie. cancelled school) I managed to get some designs done.

Please note the palettes for the following designs are on the groups Facebook page.

01 February: (Pink) Grapefruit and Clementines
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02 February: Autumn
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05 February: Winter, Really!!??
My husband has been complaining about the Winter and then we got the snow. This design was based on his feelings/complaints of the recent weather.QDAD_05Feb2015

08 February: Rainbows
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12 February: Transistors
This is my design based on the circuit board image that was provided for the color palette.
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Alternate colorway
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26 February: Color Ladders
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After playing around a lot I also came up with this design that is more like stepping stones “Colored Stepping Stones”.
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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”.

Design Process Part II

I am a little late on this post, what can I say, I was caught up binge watch a TV series on Netflix (while being a little under the weather). It was totally worth it!!

Anyway, as mentioned in my earlier post on the Yellow Bus designs, I am going to share another design and show you how I got to my final design. This one is a little different, in that it was more playing around with the color palette choices than the overall design. Remember, I am very much about finding the geometric shapes and I like minimalistic design.

Today’s image and color palette is bought to you by Jennifer Em Lanak, published on the QDAD facebook group.

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Step 1: My design was based on the horizontal lines, the bar in the middle and the concrete bars at the bottom.

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Step 2: In Quilt Canvas, I quickly came up with this design. I knew this design would work. I initially went with a neutral background of white thinking the blues and the gold would pop.
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Step 3: The only thing, about the overall design, I did not like was the bottom to top feel. So, I rotated it 90 degrees.
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Step 4: I really liked the rotation, but the white, now, was just too white. I needed to play with the color palette some more. What about using the lightest blue instead of white?
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Step 5: I wasn’t happy with this either it was still the wrong balance for me. I decided to use the color that was the most different in the palette, the gold as background. QDAD_9FEB2015(4)

Step 6: While I liked this, I thought the background still needed to be a little darker, and I played a little with the lines adding the lighter blue back in, thinking about the light and dark balance.
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Step 7: I definitely liked the darker background, but I didn’t like the lightest blue color in the lines. In addition, the vertical bar and the intersection of the gold was wrong as the flow seemed broken. I changed the vertical bar to gold for a better flow and changed the blues to be just the two darker “light” blues. This was my final design.
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Process Overview:
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So, what do you think? Do you think you can give it a go? It doesn’t need to be on a computer program…paper and pencils are just as much fun and a great tool. Anyway, you know where to find us….QDAD Facebook page.

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”.

 

My QDAD Process: Yellow Bus Designs

Over the next two days, I thought would try to share my design process for Quit Design a Day.  Remember, we try to spend no more than 15 minutes on a design. We use the color palette provided each day. You can use all or select colors from that palette, and you can add white or black. We can use the photo for the color palette as inspiration, or do your own thing.

As I step you through my process, remember I am very much about finding the geometric shapes and I like minimalistic design.

Today’s image and color palette is bought to you by Jennifer Em Lanak, published on the QDAD facebook group.
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First step, what shapes do you see in this photo?  Two keys areas drew my attention, from which I created two designs for this photo/color palette. Let’s step through each one.

Design 1

The first thing I saw, were the three stripes on the side of the bus and the windows on the side with the 3 sections.

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So to get started I open up Quilt Canvas (tool by Threadbias, I use this for all my designs). I only use a 12 x 12″ design palette – typically I find this big enough to get my ideas down and then I can expand them to real size, if I make them.

Step 1: Based on these design elements this is my first step, laying down the components I see with initial colors. I know now that with a saturated color palette I typically use a neutral for the background for balance, in this case the gray from today’s palette.
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Step 2: I was surprised at how much I liked the palette today and the balance of the colors. I realized to maintain the balance, my 3 stripes from the bus side, needed to be smaller (width) and closer together. This gives the black less prominence and balances those lines with the addition of the negative space at the bottom.QDAD_13FEB2015(2)

Step 3: While I like the 3 windows, I didn’t quite like all the color placement and I had that other red, I could use from the color palette. This landed up being the final design.
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Step 4: Just to be sure sometimes I check a couple of other colorway options. I was seeing if I kept the yellow bus feel with the yellow background (switching with the grey)….but decided I liked it best as in Step 3.
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Process Overview:

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Design 2

For this design, I saw the geometric options with the grate (grill) of the bus.
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Step 1: I liked the lines with the squares at the ends. So, I laid those down with an even spacing over the 12 x 12″ design area. I used the yellow and black as in the picture for the center, longer lines. You may notice that I started off with the lines and square rows being a little off-center. I try not to start centered.QDAD_13FEB2015_Grill(2)

Step 2: I did not like the all yellow and black center, so I thought maybe to break it up a little I could use a stripe of grey as well.
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Step 3: Still not really happy with the balance I thought, what if I move the grey  stripe off centered, having the yellow and grey more 50/50 in the background?
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Step 4: I still was not happy with the balance, still thinking it was the background stripes, I decided to move and narrow the grey stripe. Now the stripe splits the left squares background in 1/2 and the black stripe background in 1/2. At the same time I realized I didn’t like the squares in the various colors in the left with this extra (grey stripe) detail. I made them all black except for the first, leaving the lighter red.
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Step 5: I thought I was done at step 4, but I actually came back a little later (about 20 mins after posting) and decided I need less lines in the design. I made one more change to simplify it and give a little more space. I deleted the last line. This is the final design.
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Process Overview:
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So what about you, grab a pen/colored pencils, or your pick of computer program…what do you see in the bus inspiration and how do you use the color palette. If you do the exercise, come over and post it on the QDAD site or do your own blog post about your process.

I will do another post on my design process tomorrow, a different one.  I hope this inspires at least one person to give it a go. I promise it gets easier the more you do it…and there are definitely days or designs I do not like but that’s part of the learning process. So go on, give it a go 🙂

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”.