I underestimated, again

Yes, yet again, I have grossly underestimated how long it would take me to hand quilt something.  When Deb issued a friendly challenge to pick a project to finish by the end of November, I picked my kaleidoscope quilt.  I thought it was close enough to a finish to be possible.  As you can see from my progress chart, I’m not going to make it!


I have been working on it diligently since I took Deb up on the challenge, much more so than before, so there is actual progress now even if it doesn’t look like much.  I’m just slow, and the quilting lines are less than 1 1/2” apart.  But, since I am working on the quilt regularly thanks to the challenge, I will say the challenge is serving its purpose even if I don’t quite meet it.


My new goal is to be able to wrap it and put it under the Christmas tree.  So, time to get off the computer and go settle in my quilting chair.


  1. I have no doubt you will get it finished, wrapped, and under the tree! It is going to be gorgeous! Hang in there! ---"Love"

  2. It is a beautiful quilt. You have been motivated to get so much done so far, even if you don't meet this deadline, having it under the tree looks like a real possibility if you continue working on it. Sometimes goals need a little adjustment! I'm glad you have accomplished so much.

  3. That is a beauty!
    I'll be cheering for you. I don't ever put a deadline on a hand quilted project--I am just too darn slow. It is done when it is done. : )

  4. I definitely think a challenge is helpful, but sometimes it just isn't possible. At least you have made a lot of progress and have the push needed to finish it soon.

  5. Hand quilting does take a long time. But I know your son will treasure this quilt. Good job on the progress.

  6. I'm not going to meet my challenge either - but am hoping for the end of the year. It is finally cold enough to have that quilt on me at night - I just need to not be so exhausted so I can quilt! Maybe I need to start my hour first thing in the morning of quilting? Now that's a thought.....

  7. Such a positive attitude! It's beautiful and will make a lovely gift!

  8. You can do it!! It's filled in so much since you first shared your colouring diagram. :-) You'll be pleased to know I pulled out my handquilted runner I designed and finally finished quilting this past June (15 years!!) and I am SO pleased to see it!

  9. It looks like you will meet your new goal...small bites at a time... it will be very satisfying to have it finished :-)

  10. How beautiful! Just found your blog and this quilt - I love your design and colors, and admire all your work. - Ellen


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