Tula Pink Kaleidoscope Quilt

Wednesday, June 15, 2022


Happy Wednesday! I can't believe I'm finally sharing this quilt! I actually finished this late last year, but only took photos of it last month. Then I dragged my feet pulling it all together, for who knows what reason. Regardless, today is the day to finally put this quilt to bed!


I pulled fabrics for this quilt in 2012, so it has taken nearly 10 years to get this quilt from idea to finish. I chat more about why I think that happened in this post if you're curious: Work in Progress: Kaleidoscope Quilt. The short version is that from the cutting to the piecing, this just isn't my favorite type of work. That's okay though, we don't have to love the process for everything we make!


This quilt is a mix of two collections by Tula Pink*: Neptune and Prince Charming. I paired it with Quilter's Linen* by Robert Kaufman. I think the color is Parchment, but I am not 100% sure.


All the pieces for this quilt were cut with the Marti Mitchell Kaleido Ruler*.

Here it is, in all it's glory! This quilt has 90 blocks that finish at 7.5" square. The finished quilt is approximately 67.5"x75".


Last month I took this quilt home with me and photographed it on my parent's barn! It's such a reliable photo spot. For so long I would duct tape my quilts to the side of our brick apartment building. It's funto look back and see all the backdrops I've used over the years.


I sent the quilt top to Melissa Kelley of Sew Shabby Quilting for longarm quilting. The quilting design I chose is called Loops and Swirls. Since the fabrics and piecing are both so busy, a simpler pattern felt like the right choice! Can't go wrong with loops in my book.


I bound the quilt in a green solid. I don't know why I love green fabrics for binding so much, but I don't fight it anymore. I had a hard time deciding on a backing for this quilt. Originally I had some Prince Charming yardage for the backing but I sold it a few years ago. I knew I didn't want to spend much, and I was able to find this print from Cameo* by Amy Butler for a bargain locally. It's not the best match for the quilt top, but that's okay. I think it works well enough.


This quilt languished as a work-in-progress for such a long time, it's honestly hard for me to believe it's really finished! I wish I could say I love the finished quilt, but it's not really my favorite. I'm not that into the fabrics anymore and I would definitely lay things out different if I were to make it again. All that said though, I'm happy that it is finished! I might revisit the Kaleidoscope design one day, but probably on a much smaller scale. We'll see. Never say never!


Pattern: No pattern
Fabrics: Neptune and Prince Charming by Tula Pink*, Quilter's Linen* by Robert Kaufman, Cameo* by Amy Butler, Pure Solids* by Art Gallery Fabrics.
Notions: Marti Mitchell Kaleido Ruler*

Happy Quilting!

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8 comments :

  1. I completely understand your feelings about this quilt, but I have to say, It is still an amazing quilt. I am so impressed that you kept after it and finally finished. Congratulations Jeni.

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  2. Jeni, maybe I’m stuck in 2012, but I LOVE this quilt! Gorgeous colors, fun pattern, love the texture in the neutral parts… delicious. —carissa (from Madison modern quilt guild 👋)

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  3. I also love this quilt, a lot because I love(d) Neptune and still covet the tiniest leftovers from a charm pack! If you ever decide to sell it, there are at least two of us who would be interested in buying it!

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  4. It’s beautiful and I can only imagine how good it feels to have it finally done!

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  5. Love this quilt!!! The kaleidoscope pattern is always a winner I think and so pleased you didn't give up on it over the years.

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  6. Funny how something that leaves us "meh" can be so thrilling to others. This quilt is lovely and distinctive and would be perfect for someone out there.

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  7. This stunning. I love everything about it.

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  8. I've never made a quilt with this pattern but I always love the ones I see. GREAT job!!

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