Norm was right about the binding; it totally works.
I am happy to report that the kaleidoscope quilt is done. I gave up waiting for the sun to come out from under the clouds and went ahead with taking photos of it on the deck this morning. I freezed my freezing fingers off doing it, but that's what big mugs of tea are for, thawing frozen, freezed-off, freezing fingers.
Silly f-words aside, here it is. Although it's not the '70s rock inspired piece I intended it to be, I do love the finished quilt!
There will be a version 2.0 kaleidoscope quilt that hopefully will achieve the vibe I had planned for this quilt. In the meantime, I'm reserving the secret name for the second iteration. (It's based on a song with lyrics weird and iconic enough to inspire, and a glammy, now deceased, front man. That's all the hints I'm giving on that.)
Norm calls this "the candy quilt." That's not the alternate name I had in mind, but I can see his point of view. (There's a part of me that wants to do up the CC label in rainbow-colored embroidery thread with daisies for the asterisks. Actually, I think a little hand work practice might be nice...)
More photos of the back:
The finale of foldedness:
Thanks to Elizabeth D. of Don't Call Me Betsy for the kaleidoscope quilt-along that provided the motivation and method for making this quilt come together! See the Flickr group pool for more eye candy and inspiration.