Thursday, August 4, 2011

Baby Kaleidoscope...Finished!

I ducked out between raindrops this afternoon to get a few shots of my finished baby kaleidoscope quilt.
Baby kaleidoscope
I'm really happy with the way this turned out. I'm particularly excited that I was able to make the whole thing with fabric and supplies I already had on hand. I won the FQ bundle of Patricia Bravo Elements fabric several months ago, and I'm really glad I chose to use it in this project. I added a few extra prints from my stash too and used Kona ash as the background fabric.


I thought about stippling this, but I've stipped some big quilts lately, and if my delts get any bigger people will start confusing me for The Rock. I checked the Kaleidoscope Flickr pool and found some great straight-line quilting examples (thanks to Sharon and Debbie!). I decided to quilt in straight lines on either side of the seams. It does seem to distract a little bit from my not-so-pointy points. I used this pink dotty print from Pillow and Maxfield for the binding, and I'm pretty sure it bled a little in the washing machine. I've become really lax about washing because I haven't had any problems, so this is a good reminder. But no worries--it came out in a second wash.

Baby kaleidoscope back
Love the way the quilting pattern shows up on the back. I used some extra kaleidoscope blocks on the back with some extra Kona Ash.





Thanks so much to Elizabeth for another great quilt-along!

15 comments:

Kelly Irene said...

very nice! I really like the Ash background, and I agree that the straight line quilting looks especially good on this one.

Marci Girl said...

Oh the quilting looks great, and so does the quilt! I love how you can clearly see the quilting on the back! So pretty!

Kristie said...

Very nicely done! Love how it looks a little planned, a little random. And the back is so pretty!

Lisa Ann said...

Katie, I love the quilting! That is a great idea, I'm looking for ways to quilt mine...this will def. be an option! Nicely done :)

Toni said...

Very pretty! Your quilting looks great. I also really like that binding!

Linz said...

Oh my gosh!!! It is wonderful!! I LOVE the quilting!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!! It is wonderful!! Well done! Congrats on a wonderful finish!!

Lindsay Conner said...

I love the bold gray diamonds on the front! This is an awesome quilt--and beautiful back!

traceyjay said...

yea! Love the quilting too... it looks great Katie! :)

Kate said...

Love the quilting! ;) I did the same thing and it looks awesome and definitely detracts from not-so-perfect points.

miamihoney said...

I love the back and the binding. Great choices!!

Debbie said...

Darling kaleidoscope & I'm so pleased my quilting gave you inspiration for your own! {yay!} Love your kaleidoscopes (& quilting!) on the back! Very nice, Katie!

felicity said...

You *should* be happy with these - they're darling!

Connie said...

Congrats on finishing your beautiful Kaleidoscope quilt!

Ellen said...

Congrats on such a gorgeous quilt! It looks wonderful and I especially love the quilting. I just might do the same one of these days. I'm still piecing it.

Rachel Hauser said...

Gosh this quilt is gorgeous! All of the sudden I want to make a Kaleidoscope quilt!