Gathering Threads

Shiny Bright and Candy Coated!

Posted by on Jun 30 2014, in Quilting

I just got my kaledoiscope quilt back from Alison at Sew What Else.

Shiny Brite quilted

You can see the progress I made here and here, as I worked on this quilt, beginning last summer, which is based on the Carrie Nelson pattern, Shiny Brite.

Shiny Brite full view

I picked it up on Thursday and thanks to a long car trip this weekend, visiting the Bruce Peninsula to see family, I was able to get the binding stitched down completely.  It was a perfect activity for the car, although being covered by a quilt on a day that hit well above 30 might have been disastrous but for well-tuned air conditioning.

Shiny Brite border

I really like it.  Alison captured the fun, child-friendly vibe of this quilt perfectly.  Each kaledoscope block is accented with a free hand swirl while the small cream corner squares have a tiny little flower in them.  It doesn’t take itself too seriously, but works to bring together the busy, scappy colours and blend them into a coherent whole.

Shiny Brite close up

The border, with its fussy cut gingerbread houses, is quilted with cross-hatching, which is a nice counterpoint to the more fluid design used in the quilt centre..

Shiny Brite quilt

This is intended for good friends of ours, who have three little girls.   I can hear their dad now.  “Just what I need in this house – more pink!”  Yup, my thoughts exactly 🙂

I finished the quilt with a bias cut binding, using one of the pink fabrics I also used for the blocks.  The pink and white Tanya Whelan print reminds me of candy canes and I thought it finished the edge perfectly.

Shiny Brite corner motif

On the back, I used an all-over pink and magenta chevron.  It’s almost as cute from the back as it is on the front, because the cream thread really pops against the bright pink.

Shiny Brite backing

In case anyone beside myself is keeping count, this is another UFO, which makes it number three for 2014 (2 quilts, one smocked outfit).



  • Great that you have three UFO’s completed so far! The pink is darling, just right for little girls. I love the striped binding, it really looks good against the blocks.

  • Claire

    I still feel like my UFO list is 12 miles long but at least I’m making incremental progress and not making it longer!