Origami Oasis – Starry Migration Quilt

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Blog, Origami Oasis, Quilts, Tutorials

origami oasis starry sky

When I was originally designing Origami Oasis, I imagined it full of luscious colour, as I do just about all my work. Part way through the process Kathy Miller of Michael Miller suggested adding a black and white grouping, as many of the prints were so graphic. I was initially a little hesitant, but once I saw what they had in mind, I started to get pretty excited about getting my hands on some of it to start sewing. While I am not a black and white kind of person myself (I see the world in a gazillion shades of grey and a rainbow of colour, can usually see all points of view… I’d make a horrible judge, and rarely purchase black clothing for myself), I started to envision projects playing with the bold patterns, like playing with illumination and darkness.

tamara kate origami oasis starry migration quilt

This quilt is the very first project I envisioned when I finally saw the fabrics in person. I imagined herds of animals migrating across the open savannah on a starry night, with the sun just starting to show itself and colour the world at one edge.

tamara kate origami oasis starry migration quilt detail2

I wanted their trail to almost disappear in areas, while being doubly strong in others.

tamara kate origami oasis starry migration quilt detail

A simple nine-patch with some half-square triangles inserted here and there makes for an easy-to-piece quilt. I used all the prints from the Starry Sky group as well as Fold and Spot, both in Starfruit, and Show Your Colors in Blue (though I fussy cut almost all the blue out of this one to showcase the golden-coloured zebras). I backed it with yardage of Fold in Starfruit and the binding is the happy, lighthearted Freckled.

tamara kate origami oasis starry migration quilt back

I designed it as a baby quilt, but it could very easily be adapted to larger sizes. You can find the free quilt pattern on the Michael Miller website. Happy sewing!


  1. kait
    September 12, 2014

    I LOVE this quilt!! So pretty… and that pop of citron!

  2. Pat @ColorMeQuilty
    September 13, 2014

    Absolutely fabulous quilt.

  3. Isabelle
    September 26, 2014

    i love these prints and your design is stunning! I just love the pop of colour.

    • Tamara
      September 28, 2014

      Thank you, Isabelle!

  4. Mona Ragnhildrød
    September 27, 2014

    It is beautiful. Were can I by the pattern.