Monday, May 11, 2009
'Just old scraps' turned out pretty nice (except for my fuzzy photo). This 9-block Kaleidoscope was assembled quickly from my stash, as a class sample for a Workshop I'm presenting in September. I will emphasize light to dark value gradations. I planned to STOP at various steps along the way for demonstration purposes, but once started, I couldn't stop. Do I need another Kaleidoscope quilt? NOT! But it's turning out very pretty, and I will decide on an additional borders soon.
If you want to make a fast quilt, with your stash/leftover WOF, this is the one. I used a Marilyn Doheney Kaleidoscope 45 DEGREE RULER ruler. One WOF strata of strips @ 9 1/2 inches makes one huge 17 inch block. One of my other Kaleidoscope quilts is made of 12 (not 9) 17-inch blocks and is very generous in size. The 9-block project shows the graphic effect very nicely. There are several other good 45 degree rulers available -- be sure you understand which ruler is 45 degrees -- i.e., 8 of the wedges make a unit.
Where the wedges meet up with the next wedge, the seams of the strata do NOT meet with the next one. Voila - easy! I suppose one could match them, if one used the same size strip each time, but the beauty of this VERSION is NO MATCHING.
You really can use a variety of fabrics - every time I make this block it looks good! Most of these are florals, with a lot of white or blue, or green in them and the melon color as an accent - very feminine.