Next it was time to put the boarders on. I started with the burgundy. I put the 2 shorter strips on first. I sewed one on the top and one on the bottom, pressing the seams as I went. Then the remaining two strips I sewed on either side. Again pressing, I found it best to press each seam as they are sewed.
The larger 3 1/2 boarder strips goes on the same way, shorter ones on the top and bottom and the longer ones on either side. Don't forget to press. But, since I am not making this for anyone in particular, I have decided to modify my boarders. I did them this way:
First I measured two opposite sides of the quilt (since it is a square quilt they were the same). I then cut my 4 3 1/2" boarders to that length. I then cut 4 - 3 1/2 inch squares of the plain tan I used in making the Kaleidoscope blocks, and set them aside. Next, I cut 4 small Kaleidoscope pieces out of the Dark Brown fabric (that I used the same fabric as in the Kaleidoscope block). I then pressed under 2 sides of the Kaleidoscope as shown here:
I then pinned each piece to a 3 1/2" square keeping the point in the corner, 1/4" out from the edge. This is my seam allowance. I cut off the access, making sure that I kept the 3 1/2" square, and hand appliquéd each one at this time.
I sewed 2 of the 3 1/2" boarder strips onto my quilt top. One on the bottom and one on the top., Next, I sewed 1 of the 3 1/2" squares to either side of both of my remaining 3 1/2" boarder strips. Next, I sewed one of these strips to either side of the quilt top, matching the seams.
This is a picture of my quilt top as it is now, ready to quilt.
Here is a close up picture of one of the corners, completed:
Backing...I took 4 1/2 yards of plain light tan fabric and cut it in half. Pressed both half's and then sewn them together using 1/2 inch seam allowance. Then I pressed the seam open. I now have an 81 inch square for the backing of this quilt. It is ready to be put on my frame and quilted.
Unfortunately, I still did not get my long arm machine. It is on order, but, you know how that is. So I will set it aside with the Perennial top that I had made before this and quilt them both at a later date.
For those who are quilting along with me, layer and quilt as desired then bind as you feel comfortable doing. I hope you had as much fun as I did making the Kaleidoscope. When I get my machine and get it quilted (hopefully soon) I will post a picture for all to see.
I would love to see and hear your stories on quilts that you have made.