What Shade are You with Michelle Wilkie

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Today, on “What Shade are You” I would like to share with you on my design journey and inspiration for my quilt “Rails”.

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I am Michelle Wilkie. I can be found on Instagram @ml_wilkie or on my blog Factotum of Arts.

I was so excited to be participating in What Shade are you, and when I received my bundle in the mail a multitude of ideas came to mind. The colors are so vibrant.

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The Cotton Supreme Solid colors I chose for my quilt top are:

Optical White 33
Black 34
Turks & Caicos 292
Night 280
Electric Blue 296
Anemone 251
Citron 337
Sunny Delight 326
Tangerine Dream 276
Chilli Pepper49
Grape 121
Shell pink 175
Raging Ruby 287

Additionally, I used some C+S fabrics to add some interest within the solids:

Sprinkle in Corduroy 5023-004
Dottie in Fedora 5002-006
Dottie Cousins in Natural 1915-1

I get inspired all the time from the world around us. For this quilt, it was no different. My husband is from Mannheim Germany, where we both lived for a few years before moving to the US. My inspiration for this quilt came from the Neustheim Train Junction.

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The lines fascinated me. I loved the idea of using improvisation strip piecing to try and mimic these strong direction lines. It was an interesting experience bending the fabric to make the gentle curves. Some tips:

1. I started this quilt at one end and added in one direction, using strips to mark out where I was adding curves that would intersect with other lines.

2. Use a lot of starch to get the pieces to lay flat and press often.

3. Make sure you trim your threads and additional fabric as you go, especially when using white.

4. Lastly, I glue basted this quilt while it was on my design wall. I pressed each layer to fix it to the one beneath. This technique was important as it helped the top to adhere flat to the bottom layers and hold in place as it stretched out some of the puffy areas.

Here’s a close-up of the quilt top. The predominant colors are blues, yellows and white, however as I stepped back with each addition, I decided to add pops of colors. This adds balance and richness to this quilt that helped also break up the stark bands of color. You can see the use of red, purple, pinks, and orange.

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For the quilting, I used Aurifil 2410, 2021, 2120, and 2783. I used irregular-spaced wavy lines that flowed with the fabric strips, to complement the colors and design of the quilt. In the binding, I also added some interest and continued the flow of color by inserting a piece of C+S print and a small blue strip to my white binding.

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This was so much fun to play with such vibrant colors. I loved the overall finish that the Cotton Supreme Solids provided. Thanks to RJR fabrics for the opportunity and to you for stopping by.

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    Lynda

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    I absolutely love this quilt – the bright colors against the stark white are perfect. I envy someone who can be inspired by such an uninspiring picture (meaning no color contrast to speak of in the picture).

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    Kathleen D

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    Your interpretation of the rail-yard is stunning & beautiful. I truly admire your creativity and talent! Congratulations.

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    Marilyn

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    All I can say is WOW!

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    Suzana

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    So beautiful! Love the colors!

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    covington fabric

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    We want to pass the incredible savings on to you! All fabric is new and comes from a smoke free environment.

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    leanne

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    really awesome quilt – I love aerial photos of landscapes and I have plans for making a quilt of one some day !!

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    Kaholly

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    Wow!

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