Guess what? If a quilter spends less time writing about quilting on her blog, she can get more actual quilting progress completed in her studio! 😲. This has been a major epiphany for me! Stop smirking!
|Giverny Teleidoscope Layout, All 63 Block Centers Complete|
Okay, so my One (and only) Monthly Goal for March was to complete the remaining 53 octagonal kaleidoscope block centers for my younger son's high school graduation quilt. I only had nine of them finished at the beginning of the month and I got the remaining 54 pieced with a week to spare. Whew! Note that none of the corner triangles are sewn to the blocks yet. I spent a few hours this afternoon cutting those HSTs (half square triangles) out and arranging the blocks on my design wall until nothing was jumping out at me in an unpleasant way. I think I like what I've got right now, but I'm planning to look at it again with fresh eyes in the morning before I start actually sewing corners onto octagons.
For those who missed my earlier posts about this project, my block centers were cut out using the AccuQuilt GO! 5" x 6" Isosceles Triangle die and machine pieced for the most part, but I left a hole in the center of each block to close up with hand stitching in order to get my points to meet up in the center of each block as precisely as possible. The hand stitching slowed me down, as you can imagine (I see you smirking again!). If I ever make another kaleidoscope quilt someday, I will probably foundation paper piece the blocks instead, especially if they are smaller blocks. Once I add the 3" (finished) HST corners to my octagonal centers, the finished block size is 11" in this quilt. And I'm calling it Giverny Teleidoscope because it makes me think of looking at Claude Monet's Impressionist paintings of his Giverny gardens through a teleidoscope. A teleidoscope is similar to a kaleidoscope, but a kaleidoscope's mirrors refract and rearrange images of beads and other tiny objects that are located within the scope, whereas a teleidoscope refracts and rearranges images of objects located in the world beyond the scope.
In addition to finishing those kaleidoscope block centers this month, I also FINALLY found the perfect design and finished quilting my languishing bear paw quilt. I'd tentatively named that one Paint Me a Story at one point, but now that I've quilted it, I decided its name is Color Outside the Lines.
|Color Outside the Lines Bear Paw is Finally Quilted, Waiting for Label and Binding|
It has taken every ounce of my willpower to work on kaleidoscope blocks for the past few weeks with this quilt so close to a finish. It has helped that my cutting table was piled high with fabric possibilities for the kaleidoscope quilt, too -- there was no room to trim the bear paw quilt, anyway!
Oh, and I forgot to share this sweet floral 3-Yard Quilt that I had the pleasure of quilting for a client earlier in the month:
|Daisies Galore E2E on My Client's Three-Yard Quilt|
My client's granddaughter had accompanied her to the quilt shop and picked her fabrics out herself, so we chose the Daisies Galore edge-to-edge quilting design to play up her floral and polka dot fabrics, stitched in Cotton Candy Glide thread.
|Client's 3-Yard Quilt, Daisies Galore E2E|
Daisies Galore is the same quilting design I used for my butterfly clam shell baby quilt last year, by the way, except that on that quilt the design was hand guided, following a paper pantograph pattern, because it was before I got my IntelliQuilter computer robotics added to my APQS long arm quilting machine. Using the computerized version of the design this time enabled me to reduce the scale of the pattern to better complement the size of the flowers printed on the fabric.
|Daisies Galore E2E|
By the way, since I'm all caught up and even ahead of schedule with my son's graduation quilt, I have opened up a few more spots on my calendar where I can fit in edge-to-edge quilting for clients in April and May, so if you or any of your friends happen to be sitting on a pile of unquilted flimsies, I might be able to help you out with that problem! My turnaround time for E2E is 1-2 weeks. However, to preserve my sanity and ensure my son's quilt gets done on time, I'm not scheduling any custom quilting or commissions until June.
Well, folks -- that's all you get for today. I'm linking this post with the following linky parties, in addition to the Finish Party link up for One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts:
UFO Busting at Tish in Wonderland
Frédérique at Quilting Patchwork Appliqué
Oh Scrap! at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework
Slow Stitching Sunday at Kathy's Quilts
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
BOMs Away at What a Hoot Quilts
No light bulb moment here about the fact that less writing means more quilting. =) Your son's high school graduation school is a beauty. Love too the quilts you have magically quilted. I particularly love the purple one....gorgeous fabrics.
Congratulations! That is wonderful you overcame your "overthinking" tendencies and found an early finish. It must be a huge weight lifted from your shoulders. Cant wait to see the next step in the quilt progress.
The Bear Paw quilt is beautiful! Your son will be thrilled with his quilt, it will definitely brighten his dorm room next year at college. Congratulations on getting it so close to completion, happy stitching!
Your kaleidoscope blocks are amazing! I enjoyed seeing so many secondary circles. Well done!! It feels great to meet a goal! Your bear paw quilt is lovely and I like the name you chose for it!
Oh, those kaleidoscopes --perfect block to show off that GORGEOUS colorway! It's a beauty.
Two lovely finishes, and I especially like the colours in the Kaleidoscope, and the special interest blocks which definitely add movement.
Everything looks great, congrats on getting the goal met early!!
SO MUCH GORGEOUSNESS going on here!!!! Wow!! I am so in love with this one. :) And Color Outside the Lines turned out absolutely beautiful.
What a fabulous panto for your Bear Paw quilt - LUV!
Your kaleidoscope blocks look fantastic together! Congrats on meeting your goal early. The bear paw quilt finish is beautiful!
Wow, I love your kaleidoscope/teleidoscope quilt! Et le quilting des pattes d'ours est magnifique, bravo, excellent choix ! Joli quilt fleuri, il paraît doux et accueillant ;)
All of your quilts are gorgeous, Rebecca. I have always had a love for the Bear Paw pattern. Yours is stunning. Have a beautiful day and happy quilting.
Beautiful! I knew you could do it - I can totally see why you are not doing quilts for customers right now - that graduation quilt has to get done first!
Congrats on beating your OMG goal for March, Rebecca, and finishing the quilting on Color Outside the Line... LOVE both!!
Giverny is looking fabulous! Love the quilting on the Bear's Paw (one of my favorite blocks) and your customer quilting is such fun with those whimsical daisies! You are doing really well!
Three cheers for not having to burn the midnight oil to reach your March OMG goal. It's going to be another spectacular quilt.
Beautiful, Rebecca!! You did a lot of work on the kaleidoscope blocks! I'm sure your son will love it!!! What motif did you use on Color Outside the Lines? I really like that!! I like the daisy motif on the customer quilt too!! It fits the quilt perfectly!
Great blocks! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.
Oh Rebecca, I have goosebumps...this is stunning. Love the deep dark colors and your piecing is perfect, as usual.
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