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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

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.

July 6: Ponte Sant’Angelo

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.

July 7: Rossio Square

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.

July 8: Raglan

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

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.


I also love the darker palette with the plum as the background.QDAD_09JUL2015_Succulent(2)

July 10: Portugal Coast

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”.


Moorish Pyramids Pattern Release + Giveaway

I am so excited to announce that I have a new pattern – Moorish Pyramids available via my Craftsy store. It will be free for a limited time during the month of July.


Castle of the Moors in Sintra, Lisbon, is one of the most inspiring architectural buildings, I have ever seen. This quilt was inspired by the pyramid shapes and how the shadows are cast on the entrance way.


Originally, this is one of my quilt design a day designs. Art Gallery Fabrics provided me the opportunity to make this using the new line Imprint by Katarina Roccella. Moorish_Pyramids

The quilt measures 60 x 60″ finished. There are a lot of options to make this quilt your own by using different color palettes, color placement and your own quilt design. This finished quilt used straight line quilting with some angled lines, highlighting the pyramid shapes using Aurifil 50wt.


The quilt pattern can easily be modified to make a smaller or larger quilt by reducing the overall block size.

You can see other projects using Imprint, including this one, in the Look book that came out today.
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[Photo Credit: Art Gallery Fabrics]

Give-away – CLOSED

WINNER: #7 Janet Moilanen – Congratulations Janet, I will send you an email shortly.

To celebrate the pattern release, I am giving away one Fat Quarter Shop Tokyo FQ Bundle featuring Pure Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics (I might sneak in some other AGF scraps that I have).
Open until July 19th 6pm EST, to enter just leave a comment:

  • Letting me know what colors you would like to make the quilt in
  • If you are a follower, leave another comment letting me know how you follow.

Good Luck, enjoy the pattern.

QDAD: Miscellaneous Designs

I have missed posting a few designs over the last couple of months. I thought I would use this post to catch you all up….if you follow me on IG (ml_wilkie) you may have seen some of these.

I was inspired with the uppercase magazine on type printing and decided to try my own initials (MLW). I really liked this color palette which would not have been my typical choice.


Island Blossoms:
I am trying to get of my butt and start playing with machine sewing curves. This design is a repeated block and reminded of the big flowers you find in the Pacific Islands. I love the secondary design. Surprisingly though the colors were pink and green I struggled with color placement on this initial design.

Once I used my own colors (a brighter palette) I enjoyed this design more:

Or maybe in a neutral and darker palette:

Toppling Jenga:
I was fascinated recently with Jenga and blocks toppling. I also wanted to play around with some transparency and overly patterns. I really liked how this one turned out. I like the combination of that pine green, brown and pinks with a subtle green as a background color. This is the final design.


It is amazing how a small change and color placement can change a design. With this initial design I did not have the green involved. I landed up not liking that darker pink and thought the espresso brown added a better contrast. I also like how the darker green pulls the colors together. The addition to the design was the bar through the middle of the top layer….I think it made a huge difference.

This design was inspired by a drain cover in a bathroom that I noticed while on vacation. It was a very muted palette which I am not sure on.  I love the of screen placement of the design – this was not the original. I think this shows how playing with placement is important and can make a big difference to composition.

This is the original design which is still off centered but it just did not feel right.


The photo inspiration was of rows of cotton spools. I loved the color palette – I think browns are so under rated (expect to see a post this month from me on playing with browns). I like what the white brings into this design for balance.


Bits and Bobs:
Another repeated block, which may actually look better as fabric. I love the mod feeling with this one – the color palette  is one of my favorite at the moment…mint, coral/peach and navy!!


Sliding Hinges (??):
I had taken a break of a couple of weeks and was lying in bed, and had this design pop into my head. Again, I love the color palette combination of the teals/aquas + citrons + the two neutrals (light grey and oyster). This is on my make list….I am just not sure when 😉


That’s it. I think I am all caught up :-).

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”.