Sunday, June 10, 2012

Kaleidoscope finally done!!! Wooohooo!!

The whole time I was quilting this (and it took me a looonnnggggg time) I kept wondering if it was going to look half way decent.   Then about 3/4 of the way, I had convinced myself it wasn't but I kept going then at about 80% done I started getting excited thinking it just might look nice.  Then I took it off the frame and I have to say I absolutely love it.  It's just magic when the quilt comes off the frame and you can see the entire thing.  I really really really (I mean REALLY) wish I would have had a solid color backing.   But live an learn.  Next time I plan to quilt something within an inch of it's existence, I'll use a solid color back :)

Details for this one - I used two battings, 70/30 Blend Quilters Dream and Plydown Quilters dream
Thread on top I used 2 strands of bottom line, one white one light to med green, I wanted it lighter so I add the second strand of white.   In the bobbin, bottom line lace white.  My machine really loves 2 strands of bottom line thread.








Now for pictures - seriously I can't believe that *I* quilted that- how the heck did that happen : )

I decided since this was my first finish of the summer that I would add this one to the Summer Sewing Contest.  Lots of beauties there so stop by and see what was made in all the different categories. Quilts are just one category, bags and accessories, home decor and clothing are the others.  Lots and lots of inspiration there.
Ellison Lane Quilts

93 comments:

  1. This is an amazing piece of work! You love the art of quilting and it shows!

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  2. I am so blown away by your quilting, seriously awesome!!

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  3. This is some really impressive quilting, I love how it gives such dimensionality to the white diamond spaces.

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  4. Oh my Sue, you are a Quilter Extrodinaire! (sp).. Don't ever feel less than the best!

    Thanks for sharing.

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  5. What an amazing piece of art!! Lovely photography!

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  6. It's so gorgeous! Really Sue I'm so impressed and your quilting is some of the best I've ever seen.

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  7. I am so in love with this quilt. The colors are perfect and your quilting is phenomenal! Love how you mirrored the kaleidoscope in the white. This is about as close to perfection as it gets.

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  8. It's gorgeous, Sue. You now need to enter it in a quilt show so they can verify what we're all saying - you are a marvelously creative and professional quilter.

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  9. That is beautif. I always have that same "it's gonna look awful" thinking on every quilt and then when I take it off the frame I'm usually saying "oh, this is my new favorite". :)

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  10. This is absolutely beautiful. I cannot even begin to imagine all the work that went into this quilting. You are truly a very skilled quilting artist.

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  11. This is so gorgeous! Congrats on an amazing finish!

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  12. What a totally glorious work of art. Truly, I can't think where I've ever seen quilting to equal this.

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  13. It is totally amazing Sue! What an awesome job of quilting you have done. I am green with envy!

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  14. what a beautiful quilt.....the quilting is amazing...

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  15. I am in such awe, Sue! You're a natural talent.

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  16. Absolutely GORGEOUS, Sue! Great job.

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  17. It's beautiful! I love all the quilting detail!

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  18. oh wow Sue! It is gorgeous! wahoo!

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  19. Oh my goodness, this is magnificent! Loved it just from the glimpse of the gorgeous fabrics and piecing, but then the quilting! Amazing! What a stunning quilt. I don't think there are enough adjectives for me to describe my admiration haha!

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  20. Be still my heart, this is beyond fabulous! You have definitely gone beyond beautiful with your quilting on this one. I can't wait to see how you top this one.

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  21. Wow, wow, wow! Hard to believe you were ever doubting this, but I've been there in the process and understand. Gorgeous!

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  22. So so beautiful! The quilting really highlights this beautiful quilt! Great job!

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  23. How many ways are there to say gorgeous?!!!!!! I love your quilting on this piece! Caught my attention....

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  24. You did an amazing job with this quilt. I love how you used the double batting. Is this quilt your own? I hope so because it's gorgeous.

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  25. Beautiful quilt , love the fabric choices , and the quilting is amazing!
    Kathie

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  26. Words are just inadequate to describe the quilting on your quilt. I will try, stunning, awesonme, a perfect complement to enhance the design. Thank you for sharing. Joanne

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  27. Doris Dove from the U'K.June 11, 2012 at 5:31 AM

    O.M.G. that's abolutely fabulous. Stunning quilt and stunning quilting. I just adore it.

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  28. Okay Sue, fess up here, that was not a domestic machine , that you quilted this on was it?? OMG!!!!It's one gorgeous quilt!!!

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  29. Beautiful quilt - Awesome quilting!

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  30. The word Awesome doesn't even come close to expressing how beautiful this quilt is. If you decide you don't like it again, just send it to me, you already have my address. Oh, and the book arrived: I am way overwhelmed with the possibilities.

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  31. This is stunning! Absolutely beautiful!

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  32. this is beautiful...the quilting is jaw dropping amazing

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  33. Congratulations on your beautiful quilt. Your machine quilting is absolutely gorgeous!! I love what you have done here.

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  34. OMG - the colors are wonderful and the quilting is to die for! Congrats!!!! What pattern did you use?

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  35. I am swooning here. This quilt is so absolutely gorgeous. Your fabric is to die for and the quilting is over the moon. What beautiful work. I had never heard of using two threads before. Maybe you could post some more about that.

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  36. Looks like a blue ribbon winner to me....really really beautiful.

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  37. Amazing quilting! I looked at every gorgeous photo as big as I could make it on my computer...fabulous!

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  38. Amazing quilting! It does look stunning on the solid color backing fabric. I turned out beautifully.

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  39. Absolutely gorgeous! Your quilting is amazing!

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  40. Very pretty , an award winner on your hands. And you did it!!!

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  41. I know how you feel. Sometimes I think I might have made a mistake in my choices but then I get so excited when it comes off. You did an awesome job.

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  42. Ellie (elliefpw@sbcglobal.net)June 11, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Absolutely amazing!

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  43. Amazing. no need to have ever doubted yourself on this one. The detailed quilting reminds me of things I would see walking through a museum. I hope it's yours to keep.

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  44. Beautiful quilting! It was a pretty quilt before quilting and now it is spectacular!

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  45. I think everyone above me has said it all. My mouth is still dropped open! This is simply amazing!!

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  46. Gorgeous, I wish I could quilt like that!!

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  47. Wow. Beautiful. Stunning. Amazing. How many superlatives can I use? You should be really, really proud of this!

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  48. The quilting is absolutely breath taking. Wonderful job.

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  49. WOW! Just WOW!!! Absolutely beautiful.

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  50. I am totally blown away by this quilting. And, you've had a long arm HOW long? This is a stunning quilt. I would never have thought of putting in two batts and doubling the thread either for that matter.

    On top of the gorgeous quilting congratulations on 61 or now 62 comments.

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  51. Spectacular, amazing, gorgeous, wonderful, incredible............
    :-)

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  52. Sue this is STUNNING!! You've really nailed it in every aspect! I like the idea of "two threads", I may have to try that out!! You said you used two layer of batting, is the 70/30 a wool or cotton blend? I'd be interested to know because the effect you've achieved has a "trapunto" effect. So glad you just stuck with the plan, and saw the finish result. It's great!

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  53. Wow!
    Really, what else is there to say :)

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  54. Holy crap! That is amazing! I am working on a Kaleidoscope quilt right now. My finished product will NOT look like this, LOL!
    loritfrench@comcast.net

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  55. Beautiful colors and the quilting is amazing!

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  56. This is one gorgeous quilt. The quilting is truly unique and so well done! Kudos to you!

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  57. This is a beautiful quilt. I love the softness of the colors. And of course the quilting is gorgeous. What an example for me.

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  58. Sue your quilting is gorgeous!!! What kind of quilting machine do you have?? I received the red fabric today, and they are GREAT!! Thanks for swapping with me. Your charms should be at your doorstep by tomorrow :-)

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  59. This is so beautiful Sue! Love all the intricate quilting that you did! Thanks for sharing.
    Quilting at the River Linky Party Tuesday

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  60. holy crap! yup, sorry, that's about all I can say!

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  61. it is a masterpiece. congratulations. hugs from italy

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  62. I have to say "WOW" it is a beautiful work of art!

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  63. Sue, this quilt is gorgeous and your quilting is AMAZING!!! Great job!
    Amanda

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  64. This is amazing! You do beautiful work.

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  65. Your quilting is awesome! Absolutely beautiful.

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  66. OMG - that quilting is just stunning! You must be so proud!

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  67. Hi Sue, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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  68. That quilt is just beautiful! That quilting - wow!

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  69. Wowza!! Incredible quilting, Sue. Just really, really awesome. It kind of reminds me of a pressed tin ceiling. Man, how intricate.

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  70. This is incredible! Your quilting is fantastic! I don't know how you could have doubted yourself on this.

    ...in awe...

    whoop whoop!

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  71. A masterfully crafted piece of quilting! You've made the current craze of tomato soup, celery, and turquoise colors work wonderfully in the design. Great job!

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  72. wow! I mean WOW! so Beautiful!

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  73. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!!!

    I don't know if I can say anything else!!! ♥♥♥

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  74. SO inspiring. I know many people will just be totally awed. YOU are truly gifted.

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  75. Amazing quilting, Sue!!! You are amazing. :-)

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  76. I'm finishing up a kaleidoscope and found your blog while looking for ideas on how to quilt it. Wow! This is so amazing! I can't wait to read and look at more! Mine is
    "controlled" scrappy; was thinking of double outlining the pinwheels to make them stand out and put some kinds fill around...I never thought of running two BL on top--I guess that's why my machine has two thread stands, duh. LOL. Thanks for that.

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