Thursday, June 01, 2017

Kaleidoscope - Losing Control?

Whew - this is a HUGE project for a DSM, MQ'ed, in free form designs.  I am putting on the last 2 borders using Quilt as you Go, technique (thank you Georgia Bonesteel), to reduce the bulk  - this  quilt is abut 88" x 107".

As I was working, I had the feeling it was "getting away from me".  I don't know what that means, perhaps self doubt?  The border quilting keeps it all straight and true, flat, but I think the center quilting might need more.  Kinda late now for more quilting in the blocks, but I've been considering MQ'ing invisible thread between the blocks.   Oh dear, more work?  Suggestions anyone?  Perhaps blocking will reduce the poofiness I'm not really loving in those blocks.  I like the quilting swirl designs I showed recently on the plexiglas.  You can't see any poofiness in these photos. 

Has anyone else experienced a quilt project "getting away from you" or the feeling that you are "losing control"? 

The dark border on 2 sides is DONE.  2 more sides to go, then DONE.  I LOVE the dog/shark teeth!  They turned out well and were not difficult at all.  


7 comments:

Janet O. said...

This is such a beautiful, calming color palette.
I haven't quilted anything that large before, so I haven't had an "out of control" experience yet--yet! My current project is king size.
I hope you can find an answer to the poofiness that will satisfy you.

Sally Langston Warren said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I like your quilting design that you came up with. It covers all parts of each block nicely! I can't really see the poofiness that you are talking about. I zoomed in on my screen. I think I might see a hint of it but just because I am specifically looking very hard for it!! I think if you feel it needs more quilting, it would be "easiest" (but I know it's not easy, just easier than other options) to add a some echo quilting to what you already have. Just maybe an additional curvy line between the pretty swirls? Does that make sense? You design is so pretty, I wouldn't want to change it, but you could add a little more and that may help you be happier.

Jocelyn said...

It's beautiful!

Lindah said...

Whoa! Fantastic! You are a whiz with colors. And everything else quilty.
I cannot see it well enough to see any of the poofiness, nor to make any suggestions. It just looks beautiful to me.

Vic in NH said...

Great work! I love those sawtooth borders and the clever way that you chose to turn the corner on them!

Purple Pam said...

Another beautiful kaleidoscope quilt. I like your color choices, and the way your borders are working out. Great job!

Candace said...

I have been working on putting together a Kaleidoscope quilt from blocks I made a few years ago in Angela's Rainbow Scrap Challenge, and since the original idea came from seeing yours, I thought I'd take another look. You have some beauties, I went all the way back to Monday, June 16, 2008 in your posts on them, and they are awesome, workshops, too. I think you must be the Kaleidoscope queen. Mine isn't basted or quilted yet, and that's another area where you excel. You have beautiful quilting, and mine will be my standard meandering. Just thought I'd let you know that you inspired me.