Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Kaleidoscope Star Quilt

Today I am sharing a completed quilted wall hanging that I started in the 90's.  One that I actually finished this year - top piecing, quilting, and binding, all done!
Circle star foundation pieced quilt by Jeanne Selep
Foundation pieced circle quilt

Finishing a quilt is kind of a rare thing for me. 

I started the quilt top over 16 years ago, before at least two of my now high school aged children were born.  The quilt top was foundation pieced, based on a pattern from a foundation piecing workshop I took at a quilt show in Minnesota, but with a modified center.  I have no clue who the teacher was anymore.  (I took the workshop last century, ha ha...)   

foundation pieced quilt by Jeanne Selep
Detail of foundation pieced star quilt
I finished the top before the turn of the century, and it sat until last year when I quilted the top using a long arm quilting machine that I rented.  Then it sat until this year, when I actually put binding on it.  It now hangs in the family room above the PC. (Haha - I also completed that difficult step - hanging it!) 

Quilt foundation pieced by Jeanne Selep
Detail of fabrics and quilting on my foundation pieced star quilt
Although fabrics change over time, I feel the quilt doesn't look dated. (I realize that perhaps it doesn't look current, either...) But batiks are still popular, as well as star fabric, so maybe that helps. I also didn't use a "trendy" color scheme. I mixed batiks and non-batik fabric, pretty sophisticated for me.

I learned that binding a circle is a skill I don't quite have yet, so ignore the less then perfect edge shape.  

Recently I have been sharing a Kaleidoscope technique with photography that I have been playing with - with this quilt you can see I have been fascinated with Kaleidoscope like patterns for decades. 

Enjoy the upcoming Holiday season!  I hope that I can inspire you to finish an old project you may have from a long time ago...  even if the project might have to wait one year more until after the Holidays are over.  Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!

Click on the images to see them enlarged. 

I am linking up to these memes:
Nina Marie Sayre: Corona-quilt-along (Entry 25)

Connie at Freemotion: Linky Tuesday (Entry 54 of 62.)
Quilt story: Fabric Tuesday (Entry 42 of 53.) Blossomheart: Sew Cute Tue (Entry 35 of 43.) Colorful life: Really random Thur (Entry 7 of 7.)
Richard/Tanya quilts: Link a Finish Friday 145 (Entry 5 of 23.)
Mollisparkles: Sunday Stash-102 (Entry 10 of 10.)

Quilt Matters: Thank God its Finished Fri (Entry 35 of 43.)
Confessions Fabric: Whoop Whoop Fri (Entry 45 of 69.)
Stitched in Color: Celebrate Color (Entry 46.)
Sew can she: Sat Linky party (Entry)
Quilt Infatuation: Needle-and-thread Thur (Entry 55 of 71.) *

Lakeshore Drive: Bouquet of talent 117 (Entry 199 of 208.)
Stephanielynn: Sunday Showcase 268 (Entry 65 of 201.)
Uncommon designs: Monday Funday (Entry 27 of 349.)
Mod Vintage: Mod Mix Mon 175 (Entry 1 of 69.)
Boogie Board: Masterpiece Mon 204 (Entry 29 of 78.)
Silver pennies: Silver Pennies Sun 97 (Entry 71 of 75.)
Jembellish: A Round Tuit 234 (Entry 207 of 224.)    I was Featured!
* Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tues (Entry 75 of 163.)
Uncommon Slice: Tues Treasures 163 (Entry 71 of 281.)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tues 195 (Entry 91 of 243.)
Confessions plate Addict: The Scoop 147 (Entry 109 of 319.) Make it Mon (Entry 61 of 73.)
Girlish Whims: Whims Wednesday 190 (Entry 64 of 187.)
Ivy and Elephants: Whats it Wed 144 (Entry 22 of 141.)
My Salvaged Treasures: Vintage Inspiration (Entry 32 of 98.)
Snap: Show and Tell 142 (Entry 29 of 153.)
Family Home: Wow us Wed (Entry 16 of 38.)
Jan Olson: Share your Cup of Tea Thur 128 (Entry 38 of 91.)
Creative Princess: Its a Party 186 (Entry 18 of 64.)
I Gotta create: Wildly original (Entry 75 of 157.)
Charm of Home: Home Sweet Home 197 (Entry 28 of 91.)
French Country: Feather Nest Fri (Entry 53ish of 201.)
* Romantic Home: Show and Tell (Entry 84 of 244.)
Katherine: Thurs Favorite Things 167 (Entry 343 of 393.)
From my Porch: Treasure Hunt Thur 184 (Entry 119 of 149.)
Delightsome Life: Home and Garden Thurs (Entry 15 of 92.)
Someday Crafts: What Ever Goes Wed 250 (Entry 12 of 328.)
Savvy Style: Wow Us Wed 198 (Entry 99 of 303.) *
Green Willow Pond: What We Accomplished Wed 67 (Entry 42 of 65.)
Shabbynest: Frugal Fri (Entry 162.)
ihavetosay: Show-and-tell Tue (Entry 27 of 39.)