Sunday, December 17, 2023

Kaleidoscope, dark corners and something NEW


If you add DARK corners to the outside Kaleidoscope block, the entire "look" of a regular Kaleidoscope is altered.

I added the fused triangles to the one piece border when it seemed the border needed something extra.  Fused triangles are difficult to piece onto other triangles.  Live and Learn.

Backing fabric was perfect.  I'm going back for another 6 yards for another project.  

My "old" Janome 6500 just could no longer be fixed for free-motion quilting, altho is does regular sewing perfectly.  After trying out a number of other machines, until I was just plain discouraged and/or confused, my dealer suggested the Janome 6700P, which is pretty close to the 6500, but with a  nice     W   I   D   E   10 -inch bed.  

Yeaaaaa -- Perfectly wonderful, out of the gate!  I'm happy.  This block is from a book - yes, I actually used a pattern - Rock that Quilt Block by Linda Hahn & Deborah Stanley.  This star is one of many crown/star arrangements from almost the same design, yet colored in many ways to suggest different designs.   I wanted a block that filled up the 12 in. space, and I also came up with 20 different star designs.  They blend because of general shape and/or fabrics.   Corners were pp'ed and made that secondary design when the sashing was inserted between blocks.   

Where have I been?  right here, teaching, sewing and quilting, a little mentoring, running a household, keeping up the yard, etc.,  moving furniture, just like the rest of you.  It's been 4 long years since DH passed - still very difficult to be without him.