February Finish

In my last post I mentioned a Work-in-Progress that needed some free-motion quilting (FMQ). Remember this?

2013-10, kaleido table runner 1
18″ x 56″ Before Quilting


Back in October, continuing my love affair with kaleidoscope quilts, I made three large kaleidoscope blocks from a piece of autumn-themed fabric from In the Beginning Fabrics (you can read about it here) and put them together into the table runner/wall hanging you see above. After assembling the quilt sandwich, I did a fair amount of stitching in the ditch and then I put the piece aside. Why? Because FMQ is by far the most challenging aspect of the quilting process for me and it is far too easy for me to procrastinate.

This week I decided I absolutely had to finish it. And I did! I quilted a curvy motif in each triangle of the octagons — that’s 24 total, not counting the ones I made first on my practice quilt sandwich. Here’s a close-up of the quilting on my favorite block:

2014-2 Kaleido Wall Hanging quilting detail
Up Close and Personal


My inspiration for the quilting design came from the book Adaptable Quilting Designs by Sue Patten (American Quilter’s Society, 2010):

2014-2 Kaleido Wall Hanging quilt motif

I modified her design so that it would fit in my 45 degree triangles. The quilting lines are meant to cross each other so it’s a very forgiving design for a novice free-motion quilter like me.

Well, what can I say? My FMQ isn’t going to win any awards but I’m pleased with this effort. And I’m not going to get better unless I do more of it, right?

This post is labeled “February Finish” but in fact my little quilt isn’t done yet. It doesn’t have a label because I haven’t thought of a name. I’m thinking about making a second kaleidoscope runner like this one in spring fabrics, and then I can call them Spring Forward and Fall Back. Just kidding. Hmm. Maybe not!




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7 Responses to February Finish

  1. Yvonne says:

    Love the blocks – the colors used and the quilting.
    Wish my FMQ was this good. !! LOL

  2. Sherri says:

    I think your FMQ is gorgeous!

  3. Virginia Hammon says:

    Great job quilting! …and I like the names 🙂

  4. Colleen says:

    Once again, a beautiful job! I think you are too hard on yourself regarding your free motion quilting. I love what you did. It suits the pattern and fabrics perfectly. Your table runner is stunning. Will it stay home or travel to Atlanta 😉 ??

  5. AnnMarie says:

    I think your quilting is fabulous and that you should consider our State Fair!
    Have a great snowy day.

  6. Peg says:

    So pretty, Dawn! Love the quilting. Can hardly wait until remodeling done so I can fit in my sewing room. In the mean time I’ll enjoy your projects!

  7. Anne says:

    the quilt is stunning and the colors and pattern of the runner are exquisite!!
    Why don’t you put a book together? It would be the perfect read on a snowy day for dreamers…

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