Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Chicopee Kaleidoscope Quilt--Finished!

I love this quilt! It is honestly one of my favorites I've created (which is saying a lot--I have many favorites). A few years ago I saw Angela's kaleidoscope quilt on her blog, Fussy Cut. It became one of those "must make" quilts for me. About a year later I started making this guy with Chicopee.


I have been working on this quilt for more than a year. As I mentioned in a previous post, I planned to take a while on this quilt. It was convenient and simple, random piecing. I would take it to sewing days with friends and my guild because it required no planning. It was my traveling project--easy to transport and easy to piece while chatting with friends. I love the idea of a project like this and am beginning to cut my next traveling project which I'll share next week.

I knew how I wanted to quilt the linen, but I struggled with how to quilt the prints. Thanks to Instagram, I had several suggestions within just a few hours. I went with arcs between points on the triangles. Despite the fact that my quilting is no where near perfect, I'm very glad I went with custom designs rather than my standard all-over loopy pattern. The texture of the quilting really adds to the quilt. I almost don't want to wash this quilt because I know so much of the quilting will disappear with the crinkly-ness that results.

The back is simply pieced with my leftovers.



Quilt stats:
Size: 56" x 72"
Fabrics: Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt and Essex Linen in Natural
Block: 8" Kaleidoscope cut using the Kaleidoscope Triangle Ruler by Marti Michell

Thanks for stopping by!

54 comments:

  1. This is so gorgeous! Love how you quilted it and that backing is wonderful too. Really really great!

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  2. This quilt is very very lovely, and your thoughtful use of quilting really enhances the piecing. The quilting also looks fantastic on the back - what a great secondary pattern!

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  3. You've inspired me to try different kinds of free motion in different sections of a quilt now, I usually stick to an all-over pattern. It looks so great, and I love the back. I'm usually stumped with what to do there since I often balk at buying all one fabric for backing, it seems so spendy (Silly, I know) and don't usually like very improv looking pieced ones. Yours is orderly and doable, and of course matches so well!

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  4. This quilt is just amazing, beautiful, awesome! Love the fabrics, especially the pairing of chicopee and linen!! The quilting works wonderfully with the fabrics and design. Totally want one of my own now!

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  5. It's gorgeous, Kati! Love the quilting.

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  6. Beautiful!! Love the fabrics...colors...and the quilting!!

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  7. Love it, and the quilting looks great! I've been 'confused' too why the wrinkly look is so desired--I love a clean look--and I think I'd prewash my fabrics before just to avoid the wrinkly look. Would that be considered taboo? ;)

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  8. yum!! This quilt is fabuolous. Chicopee is such a busy collection of prints that it can be a little oerwhelming, but the grey is really lovely with it. Your quilting is perfect. As you said, some of that will disappear when you wash it, but you'll still see it on the back. I have to admit, that's my favourite thing - when on the front, the quilting disapears and you just see the lovely fabrics, but on the back you see a whole new quilt, simply throguh the quilting.
    Fabulous finish, Kati!
    E xx

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  9. Love it!!!! The quilting looks great, front and back!

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  10. Amazing! I think this quilt might have just moved onto my "must make" list.

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  11. It's beautiful! The quilting is fabulous - I love it from the back as much as the front.

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  12. I love this Katy. Just stunning

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  13. It turned out great, well worth spending the time on :o)

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  14. wow, what a stunning quilt Katy. And your quilting is amazing, perfect for this quilt. Bravo!!!

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  15. Beautiful work - and such a great pattern for showing off those fabrics.

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  16. You did a lovely job with the whole quilt from start to finish. Well done!

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  17. I like that sometimes we see circles and sometimes curving and extending lines. Took me a while to see how that happened.

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  18. Your quilt and quilting is beautiful! Love it :)

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  19. awesome quilting on there Kati! wonderful quilt!

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  20. Wow!!! Love it! A kaleidoscope quilt is next on my to do list!

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  21. Wow... It's a fantastic quilt and very inspirational.

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  22. Great quilt and love the quilting too. Beautiful! Jane

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  23. stunning! love chicopee with linen.

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  24. This is such a lovely kaleidoscope. I love the colours all together like this and the quilting is wonderful.

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  25. The quilting is just stunning. Great job Kati!!

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  26. This is just gorgeous! I'm a huge Chicopee fan, and your quilt shows it off so beautifully. Nicely done.

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  27. It looks wonderful! The back is great too.

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  28. Beautiful! I love the linen with the Chicopee:)

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  29. Beautiful work! I love everything about this quilt. Congratulations on a fabulous finish!

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  30. Totally gorgeous, and perfect quilting x

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  31. So gorgeous!! Love the back too.

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  32. Wow! That is absolutely gorgeous.

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  33. I ADORE your quilt! Everything about it fabric choices, design, and quilting is amazing! You've inspired me to get out my WIP Chicopee quilt. Thanks for sharing!!

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  34. oh I really like this one alot!!

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  35. This is stunning! This pattern is on my to-do list and I love your fabric choices, it's just so cozy looking!

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  36. Wonderful! Can't stop looking at it. I have a Hope Valley stack here waiting for becoming a caleidoscope quilt. Someday...

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  37. This is just wonderful, Kati! I love the quilt and the quilting was a great choice. Fabulous!

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  38. Just popped over from the KCMQG site. Your quilt is gorgeous!

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  39. Hello! Your quilt is such a great example of using value in quilts. Could I have your permission to use it as an example for an upcoming presentation I am putting together for Portland Modern Quilt Guild? All the Best!

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  40. I continue to return to your Chicopee Kaleidoscope as motivation to start mine. I am going to use the Smart-Plate Kaleidoscope ruler which works with 4 HSTs as the Kaleidoscope. Your Chicopee Kaleidoscope is fab. Thank you so much for sharing it.

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  41. Hi Katie, This is a gorgeous quilt and has inspired me to make one of my own. I'm curious how much fabric of each print you needed. Did you start out with more than a fat quarter of each print? Thanks so much for your input!

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  42. I too am reading the comments to see if I could find how much fabric your quilt used! Thanks for any input!

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