According to a facetious list of quilting terms I have, a WOMBAT is a quilt that is a “Waste Of Money, Batting, And Time”. Which is why I’ve named this quilt WOMBAT.

The full sun on the west side of the house washed out the colors a bit

And here’s the backing!

This was one of the patterns provided by the Modern Quilt Guild. I usually ignore those, BUT in this case a blogging friend made one and it sounded interesting. In particular, she commented, “Who thinks like that?” with regard to the written instructions in the pattern. I like to find out how different designers think and plan, so I jumped in.

In fairness, I learned a couple of things, but I thought the written instructions wasted a lot of printer ink and time giving detailed instructions for things that were easily improvised. Anyway, it’s done. Finished in 2022, actually, but I have a backlog of quilts to bind and blog about, so here it is at the start of 2023. Happy new year to all!

Quilt Stats


Designed by: Charles Cameron, for the Modern Quilt Guild

Finished size: 63″ x 87″

Made by: me

Quilted by: Elisabeth Pugh

Did anyone else make this quilt? If so, what did you think?



22 thoughts on “A WOMBAT

  1. Oh my! I LOVE the colors you chose to make this “Tilted Tiles” pattern! It’s absolutely stunning! I feel badly about steering you toward the design though, given your response to it. But I honestly love how it turned out! It looks so very improv-y, and remains (in my opinion) a good pattern for a somewhat newer modern quilter who wants to explore the concept of improv in a more straightforward way. You did a marvelous job with WOMBAT. I think you should rename it GUOMBAT – Good Use Of Money Time and Batting!

  2. I have never heard the term WOMBAT, but I can relate to the term! (added to my vocabulary). The quilt turned out lovely, beautiful actually. As an improv maker myself, I have learned to loathe patterns. There are so many ways to get to the same destination in quilting, I find it very hard to follow a pattern anymore.

  3. I think you used materials, money, batting, and time very well with this. There are patterns with techniques many of us find more labor-intensive than they need to be. But arriving at our destination and making something useful is so rewarding, no matter how we get there.
    This is a great quilt! Thank you for sharing it!

  4. I recently heard a lecture by Charles Cameron at our guild. He’s an engineer by day and is very process oriented, hence the instructions, I would imagine. If you get a chance to hear him, I think you would really enjoy his insight and in particular, his discussion about how he selects and arranges colors.

  5. OMG – I think this is the most gorgeous modern quilt I have seen for a while. It’s got so much going on, while at the same time not out of control.

    I love your color choices too. I am glad I am an MQG member, as I went right to the site and downloaded the pattern “Tilted Tiles”.

    Thanks and Happy New Year!

    Susan D.

    • Thank you. I’m glad you like it. I do like my color choices, and the finished quilt is OK, and I DID learn from doing it. I just wasn’t a fan of the pattern. Please, please send me a picture of your quilt when it’s done–it’s always fun to see someone else’s interpretation.

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