Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Kaleidoscope quilt {the vintage version}

After all that indecision for those corner triangles on my scrappy Kaleidoscope quilt, when I finally made up my mind, I didn't have quite enough fabric in my stash, gr-r-r-r-r. Usually running out of fabric simply opens another creative door, but once I'd decided to use just the one fabric throughout, I had my heart set on using that plaid.

While I waited for more fabric to arrive, I made the binding-  ah yes, it's definitely going to be the yummy cranberry red!

Then the long awaited parcel arrived today from Material Obsession.

And so, with Sol3 Mio on full volume here in the sewing room - and no dinner organised 4 tonight -
I started getting the rest of it all together.

This is a simple Kaleidoscope block, and the ruler makes it really easy! What I find constantly fascinating is how heaps of interesting things start to happen as more fabrics are added! This design is created with two blocks, both have the same pieces but the value placement alternates. I find it's most obvious if you look at the darks... they create either an X or a + in the center, can you see them?  

And then ... while I ended up choosing the plaid, what happens if you start playing with those corner triangles even more? Pop over to Ann's here to see - she's using different fabrics for her corner triangles & creating little tulips, and she hasn't worried about the 2dary circle effect so much.  Maureen over here is also busy with her version of these blocks, she is playing with 4 strips for each of her wedges. Hm-m-m-m- I can see my blocks are quite 'controlled' by comparison! Might just have to let loose a bit and make a 2nd one now   J

All ready now for basting, quilting & binding.
Linking up this week with 'Scraptastic Tuesday' here
and with NTT over here at My Quilt Infatuation

a bit more #41
I've also been busy baking
using up all those yummy Black Doris plums that are around at present,
the ones with the tarty red flesh
I used Annabel Langbein's vanilla plum cake, it makes enough for one cake now... 

... and one for the freezer too!


  1. I love your shifting kaleidoscope quilt--I agree staying with that same plaid was perfect....What ruler do you use? hugs, Julierose

  2. Congratulations! Your quilt top looks warm and pretty. The plaids added the perfect vintage touch.

  3. Oh, this is just lovely. Now I miss those secondary circles! And Maureen's stripes are fun, too. I see several more versions in my future :-)

  4. The plaid was definitely worth waiting for! It unifies the quilt so beautifully.:)

  5. Nothing worse than running out of a fabric and having to wait!! I like the calmness of your lovely "vintage" kaleidoscope, maybe my next kaleidoscope will be a two strip and the one after that - who knows!! I do like the scrappy look from Ann - there's another idea!

  6. I love the plaid, too. And I can see doing a whole series of kaleidoscope quilts - frankly, it's going to be hard to stop making them, I think! (I have a pile of brown/brownish strips by my machine waiting to be turned into kaleidoscope blocks, even though I don't really need any more brown ones...)

  7. Love this top with the plaid.

  8. It is great finding a pattern that has so many variations though you might just have try them all out!Thanks for linking up to #scraptastictuesday

  9. The plaid was definitely the right choice. Love your cranberry binding - such a rich colour - it will really make a striking frame for your lovely quilt.

  10. Hi Linda!
    Thanx for your words for my medallion quilt :o). Your Kaleidoscope is amazing!!! I had to pin it on my kaleidoscope pinterest board.
    greetings from Germany.

  11. Such beautiful colors you have used. I just love this!

  12. Such beautiful colors you have used. I just love this!


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