It’s that time of year again folks, all the big boys and girls are off to Quilt Market to see all the fun new fabric that we’ll all be coveting and the rest of us get to watch jealously from afar. Thank goodness for Amy and her twice yearly Blogger’s Quilt Festival to keep us all happy looking at the fantastic creations of our online community! It’s always fun to find new inspiration and new blogs to read.
I usually have a tricky time deciding which quilt to enter but this year I knew straight away which one I wanted to submit. I designed this Kaleidoscopic quilt for Quilt Now magazine last year and was delighted when it made the front cover of Issue 5!
This lap sized quilt was a real labour of love, 64 foundation pieced blocks was no small task. It was totally worth it though, this is one of my all time favourites. I love all the secondary patterns that this block gives and the colours just make me feel happy. There are so many of my beloved/ hoarded fabrics in here, which I’m sure contributes to its favourite status.
After all the machine work of foundation piecing it was a pleasure to take my time over the hand quilting. I’m a huge fan of chunky hand quilting with Perle thread. I don’t have the patience for tiny. neat hand stitches but neat chunky stitches are right up my street. The texture that this type of quilting provides is fantastic, really snuggly, which is just what you need for a lap quilt!
I used three neutral shades of Perle thread in the low volume areas of the quilt and a dusky pink Perle thread to echo quilt the pink kites.
I contained the kaleidoscopic blocks with a scrappy low volume border and finished off with a black and white pezzy binding. I can’t resist showing you the professional photo on the cover of the magazine; I will never tire of seeing my creation right there on the cover.