Done! Kaleidoscope Path

IMG_4545Just in time for Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday and Free Motion Mavericks, both of which I am linking up to, along with Binding Blitz!  It is also on my list of quilts to finish for the 2015 Finish Along, so I feel like I am doing pretty well.

I introduced this quilt in one of my first blog postings.  The large open space turned into a great place to try out a variety of free motion motifs, and though I am not completely happy with the hodgepodge of threads I used, I love how each space has its own character. I tried not to put any matching threads next to one another, but in the end my thread collection was inadequate. I plan to remedy that!

IMG_4544I used facing instead of traditional binding, because I am on a quest to find a binding method I love.  There are two tutorials for facing on my (newish) Tutorial Page.  I used an odd combination of the two, mainly because I was reading a variety of tutorials, had them all open on the page, and accidentally cut the strips the length specified in one after following other techniques from another.  Oops.  Still, it worked, so no harm done.

Facing is an easy way to get a clean finish on a quilt, and I will definitely use it again. I love the crisp edge.  There’s no need for extremely precise measuring, but you will become close friends with your iron.  I also learned the value of stay stitching.  The only drawback to this method is the need to hand sew the facing on the back of the quilt.  I know there are people who find that process relaxing.  I am not one of them.  When the quilt gets this close to being done, I am impatient to see how it looks finished.  Luckily, this was not too big a quilt, so it only took me a couple of hours over two days.  Plus I did watch many episodes of Hercule Poirot that I had not seen, so perhaps it can be considered a win. I might just come to love binding if I have enough British tv shows to watch.  Linking up to my 1st quarter Finish Along goals.

My furry assistant approves of this quilt.

Now that I have this quilt finished, I plan to spend the weekend basting not just one, but two quilts.  Basting is another less-than-favorite stage in making a quilt.  Tomorrow I have someone I can bribe into helping me, so I will try to get both done before my minion friend abandons me.

Post Script:  This is an older post, but as I am away from my sewing machine for a few weeks, I am sharing it on the Creative Goddess Linky Party.  Hope you check out all the creativity going on there.



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  1. Truly fab, what more can I say?

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv

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  2. Just beautiful! And I LOVE your furry assistant!

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  3. WOW!
    That’s amazing. I first thought they were all bricks, of different colors, that you had quilted on. The thread color really does change things. I have yet to do a Kaleidoscope quilt and I like this idea. Just a few blocks is all you need!

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  4. I’ve never seen one like it. The mix of colors and threads gives a wonderful texture. And the kaleidoscopes stand out so beautifully. Congrats!

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  5. Wow. From a non quilt maker……. that is fantastic! Love it and I love your pup! 🙂
    cate b

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  6. wow, that is awesome! I have tried a little free motion samples, I don’t think I am coordinated enough for this :). I really like straight lines though!

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  7. What a great way to use a variety of quilting patterns and a like the contrast of the right angled blocks of quilting with the circles. The faced finish definitely works and as for Poirot – impeccable taste!


  8. Such a clever way to make a kaleidoscope quilt. They really shine on the dark background. Using that as a showcase for a variety of stitches was so clever – especially in bricks rather than random curved areas. Another good way to set off your kaleidoscopes. Great finish.


  9. THIS quilt is inspiring! I want to beef up my FMQ skills, and your quilt is going to be on my Inspiration Board! Great work….and may I recommend “Call the Midwife” if you haven’t watched it yet! Brilliant show. 🙂

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  10. Love, love. love this. The contrast between the kaleidoscopes and the background and then the subtle texture in the background blocks–just wonderful.


  11. I just love the different threads and quilting patterns you used!! Marvelous!! Thank you for linking up on my blog too!

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  12. Beautiful quilt! I like how you did different quilting in all of the open areas. You have a good helper in your furry assistant 🙂

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  13. Wow! I love how much detail your quilting adds!

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  14. Stunning it is. Love it.

    Kind regards,

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