February 2009 – buy fabric.
February to Summer – pet fabric, envision gorgeous quilts, remain paralyzed in fear of cutting beautiful fabrics. Scour flickr for quilt inspiration.
Summer – Select quilt pattern. Engineer how to make quilt. Cut bazillions upon bazillions of little triangles. Get sick of cutting.
Fall to Winter – Forget about quilt.
Spring – remember fabric half cut for quilt. Dig out pieces. Remember plan. Finish cutting other bazillion triangles. Start piecing. Interest in other projects surpasses interest in quilt.
June/July – In fit of motivation, finish piecing quilt.
July – Momentum continues! Quilt top finished, sandwiched, bound, and quilted.
Now the real question is how do all you flickrites manage to post freshly finished quilts on a weekly (or less!) basis?
Pattern: No real pattern. I found a couple photos of kaleidoscope quilts on flickr and fell in love. I bought a 45 degree triangle quilting template, but halfway through the project ordered a kaleidoscope-specific template.
We had some guests over while I was finishing up the quilt top and someone gave me what I consider the ultimate compliment – “wow, this looks like something you’d find in anthropologie!”
I really wanted to play with hot pink as an accent color, but knew there would be no chance J would be cool with a hot pink bedspread, even in miniscule amounts. So, I went with red. I still would prefer hot pink, but I’m digging the red.
Overall, I’m in love with the quilt. I had some moments of doubt during its construction – things like whether or not the gray was dark enough, whether the colors would achieve the look I was striving for, whether my imprecise piecing would be evident, etc.—but now that it’s done, I love it.
I’m usually drawn to the boldest prints and colors in each fabric collection, which are gorgeous on their own, but often too distracting in quilts. I
A mix of:
Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks
Amy Butler’s Lotus
Heather Bailey’s Pop Garden
With this out of the way, I can work on some little projects for the little chicklet, set to arrive in 8 short weeks!
Because this is a queen-sized quilt, I kept things simple. I stitched a line on either side of each block seam and then through the center of the block, both vertically and horizontally.