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 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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