I'm so happy with this finish. Both that it's - you know - finished, and how it turned out.
This quilt began in 2011 with Elizabeth Don't Call Me Betsy's Kaleidoscope Quilt Along - I was really interested in how the Kaleidoscope block comes together so I jumped in. I pieced a bunch of the "kite" segments and then lost steam.
I'm going to tell you why so it doesn't happen to you too. The kites are composed of two pieces - both triangles. The small one is pieced to the large one like so:
Do you see the little tails on each side of the seam? They didn't seem like they were correct. These confounded me, making me think I'd done something wrong - cut the wrong way, used an incorrectly sized template, something. Because I pieced all the kites and then pressed them, I didn't discover this situation until I began pressing. And I became really discouraged and just gave up. For 2 years.
About a year into my Kaleidoscope hiatus, I observed a friend making a kaleidscope block, I inquired about this "mistake" and she reassured me that all would work out when I pieced the kite to another triangle. I was skeptical and put off the experiment. But she was right.
It was allllll goooood! And this UFO quickly turned into a finished quilt just like that. It measures 60"x72", a great lap size. It's not perfect by any stretch - there are a lot of corners that don't meet up like they should. But I let go of my need for perfect perfection and just enjoyed the process.
For quilting, I chose simple stippling, and used some beautiful Aurifil 40wt in a light greeny-taupe colour (#2324) that blended very nicely with all the fabrics.
Binding was some leftover strips from the quilt's top.
I am gifting this quilt to a nephew but I won't say which one in case my sisters or sister-in-law happen to read my blog. They'll just have to hang tight and see what arrives in the mail!
This finish would not have come to fruition without the incentive of the Finish A Long - big thanks to Katy for keeping it going for 2014!