Sunday, March 24, 2013

It Never Fails

I told my daughter that I wanted to make a wall hanging for her. I asked what her preferences are. She said NOT traditional. She sent me lots of color swatches in a long email message. Hot colors, lots of reds and blacks and dark saturated colors. I have agonized for months about what I could make for her that she would like. So this is what I came up with.


It's definitely not traditional. I've never worked with batiks before. I actually don't have more than 2 or 3 in my stash. I always thought they were so stiff and would be hard to get a needle through. Wanda was kind enough to send me some samples to try. I used them in this quilt. I have a quilting friend Joan who has a huge stash of every type of fabric. She gave me a stack of scraps from her batiks. I even went out & bought a kaleidoscope ruler so I could more easily cut the little triangles for these 4" blocks.

I left it on my design wall for a couple of days to decide about a border and how I would eventually quilt it. This morning, sipping my coffee I spotted a boo boo. It never fails to happen. Do you see it?



Now normally, I would just say the heck with it and leave it as is but.......since this is a small quilt the mistake can't hide as easily as it would in a large quilt. I did a little frogging and fixed it.

                               
                                                                  Ahhh, that's better.


Now I still have to decide on a border. Or maybe I should make the black framing strip wider. I'm not sure. Any suggestions?

My leader ender project this week was 2 little pink doll quilts for 2 little girls who need new blankets for their dollies.


I am a complete failure at doing leader/enders. The always turn into primary projects. I've picked a new one.......multi-colored 3" 9 patches. I need about 500 or so for the quilt I'm planning.

27 comments:

Gayle said...

Hi Julie - LOVE the kalidioscope quilt - and those are LITTLE blocks! Lucky you found the mistake BEFORE quilting it - with my luck I'd find it AFTER the fact! LOL! I've actually been buying some batiks to add to my stash cuz I love the way Edyta Sita mixes them with her CW reproduction prints and thought I'd like to try itmyself. Sweet little dolly quilts - I can't wait till I have a little granddaughter to do this for.

Pokey said...

Well, it took me some studying, I honestly could not find anything wrong! But yes, I've done the same thing, because once you see it in your own work, you cannot see anything else about the quilt you like UNTIL IT IS FIXED. Your dd will LoVe it for sure.
I'm sorry to hear you cannot manage leaders and enders, I'm in the same club...What is wrong with us? lol
:-}pokey

Exuberant Color said...

I have never made a Kaleidoscope block that small. What patience you have!! I hope you like batiks now after experimenting with them. I like how easy they press.

I'm not a good leader/ender person either. I can't get in my head that something is a secondary project.

belarmina said...
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belarmina said...

precioso tu caleidoscopio!!! no puedo ayudarte, tengo el mio con las mismas dudas ¿que pongo en el borde?
saludos

~Joan said...

An outer border idea. If you have pieces of the fabrics from which you pieced the blocks, you could piece them end to end and add one side of the border clockwise as you go around. It's hard to tell the size of the blocks and border, but let's say your blocks are 4" sq. and the dark border is 1" wide. Make the outer border 4" wide. When you get to the end of the border, cut it off and start using the same color on the next side clockwise so that the color is on the corner. This will look nice as long as your values are pretty similar.

This is lovely, BTW.

Doniene said...

Julie, Awesome job on the "non-traditional"!!! It is beautiful!! I'm sure your daughter will love it!!
Now, I LOVE those little doll quilts!! They are adorable!!

Blessings

AnnieO said...

It took a bit of time, but I did spot the turned block. This is a gorgeous stained glass quilt! Your daughter is a lucky girl. Love the little doll's quilts. Leader-enders always take over at my house too :)

Purple Pam said...

Your daughter's quilt is wonderful. I like all the colors. Good choice of the pattern.

I am a leader/ender failure too. I do not have the patience needed to be successful with the leader/ender method.

Your doll quilts are darling.

Janet O. said...

What a beautiful little quilt. So stunning! Surely DD is pleased with your efforts--if not, I have a place for it. : )
And great dolly quilts. So sweet.

LuAnn said...

I love the final quilt just as it is. The black border just makes it pop. Love the doll quilts, too.

McIrish Annie said...

This lookd great and I would not have seen the "mistake" unless you pointed it out. I can't believe you have not used batiks before. a true traditional quilter?

Kindred Quilts said...

You made a real beauty for your daughter. I think the Kaleidoscope Block works perfectly with batiks! Lovely little doll quilts, too!

Libby said...

I'll believe you there is a problem. I could stare at it until my eyes watered and wouldn't find it *s* Your daughter is sure to LOVE it!

Crispy said...

Wow I really had to search to find the error. Personally, I would just widen the dark strip. The quilt is so busy it doesn't need anything else IMHO,

Crispy

Crispy said...

Julie, try responding to this comment. Let me know if it bounces back. HATE new blogger LOL.

Crispy

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh pretty - and I didn't even look for the mistake - I liked it just the way it was.

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