Kool Kaleidoscope Quilt by Caribousmom

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Kool kaleidoscope
Status:
Complete
Started:
2012-04-07T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2013-04-06T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:
None

Description

I am really excited about this project. I am using Ricky Tims' technique of strip piecing to make this one.

One of the these photos is the center of the quilt. The primary photo shows the completed quilt top. I used black and gray as inner borders to make the kaleidoscope "pop" off the page...then used left over strata to do a narrow outer border. This one measures 57" square and is ready for a back and quilting!

March 17, 2013: I've got this all pinned and started quilting it. I quilted around the "star" in the center, and then began doing converging straight lines from the outside into the center. It is going pretty quick because I'm using a walking foot. Hope to have this one done in the next week! I'm about 1/4 of the way done with the quilting which I just started today :)

April 7, 2013: DONE! This quilt is 55" X 54" and uses mostly Kaffe Fassett and other bright fabrics from my stash. I chose the dark borders to add depth to the quilt. Blogged about here.

Pictures

Loves

nathessey
Huntersmom
Whatthebobbin
Clairealex
Grendelskin
Ajdub
Mimuscraft
Scientificquilter
Saruqa
Sewwellmaide
Speattle
Stitch
True
Emedoodle

Comments

True

OMG!!! Amazing...

Caribousmom

Thanks, True! This is way easier than it looks...the book is fantastic - it takes you step by step and you use strip sets, so it is simple. I'm having fun today :)

True

I love the look of strip piecing but it is often too busy for me...and yours is not you have managed to have loads of color and pattern without it being unbalanced. I have stashed book so I can remember it.

Caribousmom

Thanks, True - I've now added to it, so you may change your mind LOL!

The upper left quadrant is all sewn...the other quadrants have yet to be sewn, but you can get an idea of what it will look like eventually.

True

Still love it!! Your fabric and color choices really work well together.

Caribousmom

Aw, thanks!

True

This one gets better and better...love it even more now:-). Your choice of borders is perfect

Caribousmom

Thank you Carolmarie and True!

I'm glad you like the borders, True - I wrestled over the choices for that, but this morning I woke up and knew what I wanted to do :)

True

Don't you love when that happens...it just comes to you and then works! Do you just have a lot of material on hand in your stash or plan and buy for each quilt or a mixture of these two?

Caribousmom

True: I have an obscene stash (I am totally addicted to fabric and my hubby made me a sewing room this past year with tons of storage, so I am intent on filling it up!). For this one, I just went through my 1/2 yard cuts of fabric that did not belong to collections and started pulling fabrics I thought went well together. In the book, Tims explains how to select fabrics (choosing lights and darks, contrasting, stripes, and solids or fabrics that read as solids)...so I followed his instructions.

I like to keep a quilt in progress on my design wall where I have to look at it every day and it helps me to sort through how I want things to come together. So much fun!

Caribousmom

I should say - I like to work from my stash...but I have also been known to shop for fabric for a particular project!

Emedoodle

This is fabulous!! Nice work!

Caribousmom

Thank you so much, Emedoodle!

Dtscrapper

This is the most amazing quilt ever! I especially love the bright colors and the way you added the borders!

Caribousmom

Thank you, Paula kissing_heart

This was SO fun to do ... you know, I think you should also make one pushing the enabler button now!!

Speattle

I can't believe no one has "loved" this yet! I am going to click that button right now!

True

OMG you are correct and I do love it...

Caribousmom

Speattle - thank you...you're making me blush!! blush

Sewwellmaide

This is fantastic. so much work and the colours are just popping. congrats. blue_heart Karen

Caribousmom

Thank you, Karen!!!

Lara-giles

wow! I have never been a fan of kaleidoscope quilts until I saw this! this I have to try. is it from a book? or online tutorial?

Caribousmom

Thank you so much, Lara-giles ! This technique is from Kool Kaleidoscope Quilts by Ricky Tims...and believe it or not, it is actually pretty simple to do. His instructions were super easy to follow :)

True

Love that you are working on this one and love how you have decided to quilt it...will add to what is already a fabulous quilt!

Caribousmom

True thanks! I knew I needed to straight line this one because I need to let my thumb heal (and straight line quilting does not bother my thumb at all!).

Whatthebobbin

Wow! Love this.

Caribousmom

Whatthebobbin Thank you!

Whatthebobbin

Caribousmom Just ordered the book...Instigator!

Caribousmom

Whatthebobbin LOL - have fun. It is rather addictive once you get started! Glad to enable you :)

twistedandloose

That is just amazing. I love your colors!

Caribousmom

Seshlaman thank you so much!

True

Oh love seeing this one done...it is amazing!!

Caribousmom

True thank you, my friend :)

Bluebirdsews

This is just gorgeous! What a technique!

Whatthebobbin

This turned out fantastic! I haven't started mine yet....jealous.

Caribousmom

Whatthebobbin thanks! Once you start, you won't want to stop making the top :) Very addictive!

Caribousmom

Bluebirdsews Thanks! It is a really cool technique - it is impossible to tell what it will look like until you have done all the parts - which is part of what makes it fun to piece :)

Charwirfs

Simply Devine. Those outside borders, so simple, really frame the medallion center. Looks like a tough pattern even though you say it is not too difficult. Still, getting all those pieces to fall into place so well takes some doing! Nice!

Quilt455

Wendy, this is so amazing. At first, I thouht someone else had done the same pattern since the colors look different in the picture than in person. Yes, I got to see and feel it. I know that you are all jealous. hehehe This is one the most fantastic quilts I have seen. Got job, my friend.

Caribousmom

Charwirfs Thank you so much! The strip piecing method makes this pattern very do-able (I was pretty amazed that things actually lined up!!)
Quilt455 Thanks!! heart

Dtscrapper

Wendy this is GREAT! The black and grey borders really set off the bright quilting. I love the effect of looking "into" the center of the quilt- awesome job!

Caribousmom

Dtscrapper Hey - good to see you here!!!! Thanks! I really like how this one worked out :)

Skynme

WOW! What an Amazing quilt! I love the bright beautiful colors. Definately reminds me of looking into one of those little paper kaleidoscopes as a kid...loved those things...still do in fact. Great Job on another beautiful project that you have created.

Caribousmom

Skynme thank you so much!!!

Mouseinmypocket

The colors in this one are gorgeous. Looks like a lot of Y-seams. Maybe I should try out that technique.

Caribousmom

Mouseinmypocket Thanks! Actually NO Y-seams. The technique is to stitch together strip sets, then cut out specific shapes (he shows you how to construct a pattern using freezer paper) and stitch those together...it comes together very easily (surprised me!)

Skynme

Adding you to my list of go-to people lol. I just bought this book plus you recommended my fabric for my pretty in patchwork quilt. Gold star for you!

Caribousmom

Skynme aw you're so nice!

Robotmomsews

Holy Cow!!! This is AMAZING!!! I love the fabrics you chose from your stash - together they look almost 3D! This is stunning. Great job!!

Caribousmom

Robotmomsews Wow - thank you so much for your enthusiasm!!!

Clairealex

Great quilt! Our guild had Ricky Tims for a workshop several years ago and he demonstrated the kaleidoscope along with other good projects. I agree, it is much easier than it looks. But one exception. When I got the the final seam joining the two halves, I couldn't get my points to match up. Since the color was the same, I didn't worry too much. I'll probably do another some day. I think I saved the "out takes" from the strata and hope to do something creative with them (since I didn't think of the border idea...that was a good one).

Caribousmom

Clairealex My points weren't perfect either - but close enough once it was quilted and washed ;) I'd love to meet him in person - lucky you!

Mary

So beautiful...an amazing design...the colors are wonderful...

Caribousmom

Mary thank you so much!

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