Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Kaleidescope Quilt

I've been admiring this cluck.cluck.sew pattern for aaaaages now. I bought it straight after it came out in January, thinking I would never have the courage to use templates to cut all the kites and triangle shapes. But quilting along with Lilly's Quilts QAL kind of gave me the push I needed to break into a world of templates, and non-square pieces. 

(The fact that my actual QAL quilt is languishing unfinished and looking fairly ugly, on a shelf is neither here nor there...)

I think I kind of built up the whole template thing in my head, because you know, it took me all of a weekend to finish this not-so-little quilt. Again, I really didn't do a lot else, but still. A weekends sewing and my beautiful stack of Denyse Schmidt's Picnic and Fairgrounds is now an even more beautiful quilt.


NB: I think there's something wrong with my camera. Either that or there's a ghost in every one of the pictures I took yesterday. Can you see it? There's a sort of white hazey smudge around 10 o'clock (if they were a clock face) in all the pictures... Spooks? Or just a dirty lense?




I love the picnic-y feel of this quilt. I love its striking shapes. I love that you eye doesn't know where to settle, the circles? The crosses? The white octagons? Its just ingenious really! 




And yes, those skies? Very very gloomy. I literally just finished sewing the binding on, hopped in the car, and drove round to mama's house to take some pics before the heavens opened. Good timing actually... a minute later and we would have got soaked!


The red feedsack print on the circle in the block above is probably my favourite of the whole line. Oh and continuing my tendency to recycle VERY old fabric, the navy blue polka dot circle next door is part of my aunts nurses uniform. From about '87. Wicked awesome.   


I knew when I started this quilt that I wanted to use red gingham on the back. I was briefly out for a bit when I saw it rolled out on the cutting table... reminded me of a cheap Italian restaurant. But I was back in again when I started basting. Oh, and it isn't really as wrinkly as it seems in the picture. It just needs a wash and tumble to soften up and then, job done! 




Quilt Stats
Size: approx  63" x 73" 
Fabric: Denyse Schmidt - Picnic and Fairgrounds for the front and binding,
unspecified red gingham check for the back.
Pattern: Kaleidescope by Cluck.Cluck.Sew.
Quilting: Large loopy stippling, by me. 


I've decided to link this quilt up to the bloggers quilt festival. I was torn, for a while, between this and another as-yet-unrevealed quilt. Unrevealed because it was for my bestest friend's bday. And I know she reads my blog. Hi Tash! 


But yes, I chose this one in the end because it really sums up all that I've learn't since the last quilt festival back in November. I think it shows the progress I've made since my last entry; I've got more of my own style now, I know what I like, I'm pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone just.a.little.bit here and there. And actually, I think it's pretty good :-)

19 comments:

  1. This is fabulous! I admired this pattern too when it came out. Especially love that you have recycled fabrics in them - tells a story don't you think! Can't see any ghost - sorry! Jxo

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  2. Wow - that is gorgeous, well done you!! Maybe it is being appreciated by the 'orb' of a quilter of days gone by!! (Too much Most Haunted, sorry!).

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  3. It looks fabulous, well done! Its a lovely pattern/fabric combo :-)

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  4. Laura Jane, I just love that quilt! I wish I could do quilts, but I don't think it's in me. Hope you visit my blog, I just put up some really fun photos. Hugs, Teresa

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  5. Love your vintagey looking kaleidoscope quilt - I'm making one too but different pattern as my blocks are hexagons...

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  6. oh my goodness it's gorgeous! And I can't stand it, I want to quilt some more SOON@ must... buy... fabric!

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  7. Ahhh, it's amazing. I'm so scared to try something like this but I love the results!

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  8. It's really pretty and only took you a weekend! Wow! :)

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  9. What a GREAT quilt! Love that you used your aunts old uniform! What a great way to re-use!!

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  10. that is a beautiful quilt you made - I love it for the sweet fabrics and that allover pattern. Picnic gingham is the best (I'm slightly obsessed with gingham). I have yet to use templates - but I've only made three quilts, so I've got time :)

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  11. This is fabulous, congratulations:)

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  12. It's fabulous, I love that you have included recycled fabrics. Love the back too. I can't believe you did it in a weekend, well done!

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  13. Such a fun quilt! This makes me want to try that pattern too.

    (I'm guessing dirty lens...I get little ghosts in my photos after my dirty 3-year-old has been playing with my camera.)

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  14. Great quilt. Love the fabric selection including the backing.

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  15. This is such a great choice of pattern for these fabrics!
    Great work!

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  16. I love your quilt, and the back is perfect!

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  17. It's a beautiful quilt Laura. Makes me think I should be more ambitious in my ideas!

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  18. Beautiful quilt!! Such a great pattern for these lovely fabrics.

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