A Lovely August Finish!

I enjoy finishing a project every month for A Lovely Year of Finishes. If you haven't joined in, why not start now? All you do is set ONE goal for the month (big or small), link to the goal setting party with a post about it, do the work, and then link up again at the end of the month to show it off!

Here is where I set my August goal, and below is my August finish!

This project was started way back in March as part of a Guild sponsored workshop. 
Actually, I chose fabric and prepared strip sets even earlier in the year.

As you can imagine, finally finishing feels FAN-tastic!

Thirty-six and a half inches, square

I have fallen in and out of love with it a few times as I worked.

Luckily, I'm in love again!

My husband built a frame so I can mount the quilt before our Guild's annual exhibit in November. The frame will give it extra presence when it's hung.

In the meantime it is laying flat on my sewing room floor. In the way. Guess I'd better paint the frame soon and get on with it.

To see other kaleidoscopes started in our Guild workshop, click here. Hopefully a few more will be ready in time for our show!

In other news, as threatened promised, I bit the bullet and cut strips off my newly minted hand dyes and started working on therapy strips a la Rayna Gillman. I've sewn exactly three strips together, and now I'm stuck. Hmph.

Feels like I need a plan. BUT, I'd like to keep with the spirit of the project and at least attempt to work without one.


This is going to take some time.

Needing a break (Ha...I know! Three strips, and I needed a break!), I slipped out to the Gnome House and finished a customer quilt this afternoon. It was soothing to do a simple pantograph on a simple quilt.

Guess I'm back in the swing of quilting after a summer of travel, surgery, family, gardening, and cooking. Yesterday I even deciphered a pattern and made a sample block for a workshop I'll be teaching in October. (Still more prep to do, but at least I know the pattern works!)

Linking up with:
A Lovely Year of Finishes, at Sew BitterSweet Designs
Let's Bee Social, at Sew Fresh Quilts 
I Quilt Thursdays, at Pretty Bobbins
Needle and Thread Thursday, at My Quilt Infatuation
Free Motion Mavericks, at Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing 
Whoop Whoop Friday, at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Fabric Frenzy Friday, at Fort Worth Fabric Studio 
Finish it up Friday, at Crazy Mom Quilts
Show off Saturday, at Sew Can She

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Thanks for looking around!


  1. Stunning and I love the quilting. Well done on the finish xx

  2. Beautiful Kaleidoscope quilt and very intricate quilting! I absolutely love it. Also, I'm terrible with projects unless I have a plan (and I can't wrap my head around scrappys even though I really like the finished look). Good luck!

  3. The texture is absolutely amazing!

  4. This looks stunning! Congrats on the finish. Every time I saw it earlier I thought it was a lot bigger. Knowing the size makes it even more impressive.

  5. Wau, your quilting on this one is like fireworks popping and cracking :)

  6. Congrats on your finish! The effect of many layers is great and your quilting is stunning!

  7. ohh my that quilt is awesome, I love everything about it!!!

  8. Wow! The quilting is remarkable!

  9. Carole, your kaleidoscope quilt just knocked my socks off! Wow it is magnificent!
    It is interesting also that you wrote that you fell in and out of love with it as you worked on it and that luckily you ended it in love. I do that with projects too. But definitely - this is one to stay in love with!

  10. Love your quilt! I also fall in and out of love with projects at different stages. Most usually I end up loving them - that's a good thing! :) your quilting is fantastic!

  11. The quilting is the icing on the kaleidoscope quilt, Carole. It is simply incredible! Hope you find your inspiration for those strips. Those are some lovely colours!

  12. Fantastic quilting on the Kaleidoscope Carole! Not sure if mine will be ready in time... Life gets in the way... Love how your hubby participates in your artistic passion! Take Care!

  13. Major "Wow" on that quilting. I will link to this so I can come back and enjoy it often.

  14. Fun quilt to work on and it turned out great! I like ALYOF for exactly the same reason - it gets me motivated to get some of my own work done! Sounds like you're back in the swing of things :)

  15. Your quilting design is gorgeous! It looks quite time consuming to do, but what an effect!

  16. That is a neat quilt! Reminds me of looking through a kaleidoscope.

  17. The quilt looks wonderful !! A really great work.
    Many greetings from Germany sends you Andrea

  18. Congratulations on your finish! It looks wonderful, and I would love to see it in the frame your husband made!

  19. Your Kaleidoscope quilt is absolutely unbelievable!!!!

  20. Hello Carole,

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    The kaleidoscope quilt is wonderful, and the quilting fantastic.

    Love, Muv

  21. That quilt is stunning!

    I've been flitting around projects too much to concentrate on ALYoF for the last few months, but hoping to finish up something for this month at least!


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