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I think the most important thing to know about how to make a quilt, is that there are as many right ways to
make a quilt as there are people who are happy with the quilt they've made.
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|Woo-Hoo, I'm all excited!
My daughter wrote and my son
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|Blocks are done and I think they're all
placed, however, I'll take another look
at it tomorrow before I sew it together!
|These are all made with
that same basic block,
some in different size strips.
The different layouts really
make it look like I've used
|A friend showed me that this block
could be made so the seams would
match, even in the Barn Raising layout
if you cut the triangles with the Easy
Angle ruler. Now, I'm excited to try this
again in fabrics where the seams
would show :)
|"Squares Upon Squares" is all
done and the binding will be in a
medium floral. Love being able
to use so many florals together :)
|I'm thinking of these three rather
subdued florals....we'll see :)
|I think the stacks made with the smaller
I'm making these to set in at six inches,
I think the stacks made with the smaller
since the scale is so small. I think
scale prints are so delicate looking.
these three types will work together
and I'll make some more of them and
then decide how to set them.
|These blocks have such a soft, aged
look that I'm going to stay with that
for the rest of the fabrics. I debated
using a higher contrast but decided
on the very low contrast.
|Cool, that's the look I wanted :)
What looks like a solid in the
sashings in this picture is
actually a very small print, which
I'll get a close-up of later.
|These blocks are finished and
I think I'm going to make a
different block for around the
edges to act as a border.
|I wanted a pieced border and since
the border pieces were the same size
as the blocks, I did the border as
blocks and can sew them on as I'm
sewing the blocks together.
|"In Times Past" is all done and
the binding will be in the light
floral used in the zig-zag border.
This is one of those light quilt
tops that looks much better in
person than in a picture!
|This close-up shows some of the
fabrics a bit better.
|If ever there was a fabric that needed
to be stacked to get some
|I like how many designs are in
each block on these :)
|Lots of variety, which is one
of the reasons I love the
octagons so much :)
|I added some stars, which are
ten inches unset and now I'll
bring the octagons, which are six
and a half inches, up to the size
of the stars. I may frame the
octagons evenly, or set them off
center in a square or rectangle.
|As I'm adding color, I'm just putting
the blocks up to see how much I want
for each color and then I'll arrange
the blocks when they're all done.
|Blocks are finished! I'll look at
these again to see if I want to
rearrange any of them, then I'll
turn every other one so the frames
are in opposing layouts and then
sew them together :)
|"Smiley Zebras" is all done
and the binding will be in the
zebra focus fabric. This
turned out to be a really fun
focus fabric to work with :)
|I might have to name this one, "Worst
Laid Plans" because I was planning on
making a strip pieced Kaleidoscope
top! I cut all of my strips too short, but,
since I had a bunch cut, I came up with
these blocks to use the cut strips. I'll
get back to the strip pieced
Kaleidoscope another time :)
|Probably time to figure out
how I want to set these :)
|I decided to add the inner row of
gray squares to match the setting
triangles. I used the green
centers, which set in at 7/8ths of
an inch, as an accent and a
compliment to all the red. I see
another of these in my future :)
|"City of Reds" is all done and the
binding will be in the solid gray.
Loved making this block and I'm
sure I'll make more of these :)
|This should be a wild one! I want to
make strip pieced Kaleidoscope blocks
with these 2.5 inch strips, mostly from
novelty fabrics. I've made two groups -
dark & medium and light & medium and
I think there is enough difference that
the block design will carry. We'll see....
|Because these fabrics are mostly large scale novelty prints, I'm
using the black and white companion prints for the 1.5 inch strip in
the middle of the strip set. I think this will carry the light and dark
design in the blocks and, since I'm keeping the black & whites
constant in all the blocks, they'll form a secondary design. When I
from the white center strip. When I sew the sections together, from
the white center strip. When I sew the sections together, these two
seams nest easily because that's a bias seam, so I don't need to
pin but can feel the seams with my fingers.
|Yep, wild! I do think the contrast is
enough that the Kaleidoscope circles
so I'm excited to see more :)
|Always nice to get enough of
these blocks made to begin to
see the circles form :)
|Blocks are all done and ready for the
corners. At first, I was going to use the
two black and white fabrics used in the
blocks for the corners. However, now
that I see the blocks, I think I need to
keep the corners as light and
non-busy as I can, so I'll probably use
white and a pastel solid.
|"Kaleidoscope Capers" is all done and
the binding will be in either the pale
blue used in half the corners or in the
white with black flowers used in the
novelty print strips, I said this would be
a wild one and it is, but I love that
about it :) The Kaleidoscope circles
always please me!
|Here's a close-up of some
of the crazy fabrics used in
Kaleidoscope Capers :)
|One of the many things I like about the
Kaleidoscope block is that you can make
it in so many ways. This is the same block
as in the last quilt top, but this time I've
emphasized the center ring. I don't think I
want to use a red ring in every block, but I
may scatter some of them. I'll see how
they look when I get a few made.
|Since I just want a scattering
of the red rings, the rest will
probably be in blue...unless, I
get tired of the blue :)
|What fun these are to make!
Some of them having the or blue
and the rest are done in the
traditional Kaleidoscope style.
Now to decide on the corners.
|"Ring Toss" is all done and the
binding will be in the red & white print
used for some of the corners. I used
"Ring Toss" is all done and the then
the blocks to enhance the red blocks
to enhance the red used used for for
some of the corners. I used some of
the corners. I used diagonal
diagonal look formed by the red look
formed by the red white white corners
on half the blocks and rings. The on
half the blocks and rings. The
remainder of the corners are in a
white with blue dots.
|I wanted to make more of the
mitred blocks I used in City of Red
This time, I'm using the two 2.5 I
wanted to make more of the inch
strips in varied greens and mitred
blocks I used in City of Red mitred
blocks I used in City of Red
because they're really fun to make.
This time, I'm using the two 2.5
inch strips in varied greens and I'll
decide on the setting when I get
more blocks made.
|Blocks are done, so on to the
setting triangles. That's a lot of
different greens! I'll arrange a few
of them, where the two companion
blocks come close to each other.
|"City of Greens" is all done and the
binding will be in the bright green
used in the setting triangles. Love
this block and feel like I'd be happy
making it forever!
|Couldn't resist these guys!
|I was just expecting some neat
geometric designs when I
stacked this fabric, so I was see
individual dogs! What fun :)
|Octagons are done and
now time to set them. I'm
thinking Log Cabins :)
|Starting to take shape :) The dogs
were so cute that I wanted to put a
panel of them in and I'm also using
some of the focus fabric scattered
in my Log Cabins. On the
octagons, I'm using dark corners
on some of them to stay with the
square on point shape. I think the
red centers on the Log Cabins will
show nicely when I get some more
|I like working in rounds
like this - keeps it from
getting boring :)
|Blocks are ready to be sewn together.
I do love this off-center Barn Raising
setting with the added octagons. My in
at one inch. I used two rounds of
darks and three rounds of lights
because I really felt that with all the
brown, black and grays, the overall
quilt top would get too dark if the Log
|"Bright Eyes & Wet Noses" is all done
and the binding will be in a brown
check fabric. Loved working with this
dog fabric and combining stacks and
scrappy Log Cabins :)
|I'm working from 3.5 inch strips that are
already cut and sorted into colors, so
these are pretty easy to make. If the I
can just randomly arrange these, so
either way I'll be happy with it. When
you're just using two fabrics in a
Kaleidoscope block and the corners
are from one of those fabrics, the
block sure looks different than when
it's strip pieced, made with stacks, or
even, just with the corners in different
fabrics from the block.
|The 3.5 inch strips are such a nice
size to use for the Kaleidoscope
block and I'm so enjoying seeing
all of these different fabrics again.
|arrange. Since there's a light and a
These have been very interesting to
dark in each block and then the blocks
need to be arranged by light and dark
backgrounds, the moving around of
the blocks is limited. Getting all six
color groups in only 64 blocks meant
that there wouldn't really be a blend
where the colors met. So, I rearranged
until it struck me as looking good and
I'll go with this. I can see the
Kaleidoscope circles a little bit and I
think they will show more once the
blocks are sewn together.
|The circles are beginning to show!
That's the part I always look for with
the Kaleidoscope blocks :)
|"Crazy for Color" is all done and the
binding will be in a medium gray
solid. I'm so pleased with the way
this turned out! Since there are 128
solid, many are almost tone on tone, I
knew I wasn't going to get much of a
blend. However, I really like the look
and am so glad that the
Kaleidoscope circles showed up!
|I'm going to work with some
homespun plaids and shirtings for
these twenty blade blocks. You can
see that it takes very little trimming to
turn the circle into an octagon on
some blocks look first. These are cut
from a five inch strip and will make a
ten inch block.
|When I've made this twenty blade
block in the past, I've used stacked
fabrics and it really looks different in
the plaids and shirtings. Love a block
that you can use in many ways!
|There are a few more blocks to
make, but I think I'm going to do
some centers and corners
before I choose the rest of the
plaids for the blocks.
|I'm doing both the centers and corners
in solid red. It's always tempting on
this kind of block to do the corners in
two different colors for every other two
different colors for every other
hourglass block when they come block
so that four corners form an together,
however, these blocks have want to
compete with that. Besides, I love red
used as the background with scrappy
homespuns and shirtings.
|Here's a close-up of one of the
centers. I use Heat & Bond Lite and
then machine blanket stitch with
|I'll rearrange a few of these and
then I can sew them together.
Really love this block :)
|"Plaids & Shirtings" is all
done and the binding will be
in the red. Love it :)
|so I'm going to stack it and use it
with some scrappy browns to
make Kaleidoscope blocks.
|I'm interested to see
how these play out.
|nice value progression :) I think I'll make the
Looks like these are going to make a very
browns going from light to dark to stay with
the look of the blocks. When choosing the
fabrics for the blocks, I just picked 64 white
to dark brown fabrics, without much regard
to how many were in each value group. As I
made the blocks, I put them up on the
design wall in a general light to dark. These
will be fun to arrange!
|On to the corners. I found four blues that I
think will be good and added two
white-to-brown- fabrics to go with each
blue. The blue on the right has a water
look to it, but I think it will be OK, because
the corners are so small once the seams
are taken. Since I had four blues, I split the
blocks into four almost even groups, going
the other half will get blue corners.
|Corners are on and I like this
arrangement, so time to sew
|"Sand & Surf" is all done and the
binding will be in a medium
brown. Whoever in quilting
history first thought of the
Kaleidoscope Block, thank you :)
|I think this fabric is just
begging to be stacked :)
|I'm using two sets of thirty degree six
stacks, cut from a five and a half inch
|At this point, I think I may set
these with no sashing, but we'll
see when I get more done.
|Blocks are done so on to
the corners. What neat
designs this fabric made :)
|"Shades of Yellow" is all done
and the binding will be in the
pale green used for half of the
corners on the blocks. This was
a really nice fabric to work with!
|I've been cutting some scraps, which
always puts me in the mood to make
Log Cabins. I'm going to try some
medium/dark scraps with the solid
green in these blocks that will set in at
five inches. I'll decide on the setting
after I have enough blocks to move
around a bit.
|Still don't know about the layout but I
like the way the scraps show up
against the solid green.
|I think this is the setting I'll go with.
I like it because, sometimes I see
the scrappy squares and
sometimes the green Zig-Zags.
|I really liked the diagonal Zig-Zag think
it would be better with higher I really
liked the diagonal Zig-Zag contrast
blocks. So, I'm going to use setting
from the last picture, however I this
simpler setting for this one and save
the diagonals for another time. Ready
to sew these together.
|"The Green Grass Grows" is all
done and the binding will be in the
green. I really love making Log
Cabin blocks with half scrappy
and half solid!
|I'm going to use some scrappy florals
on this pale pink background. Where
blocks meets the angle from the Tri
Recs piece in the center block, it
should form some nice circles. The
colors on this picture are way off -
hope the next one is better.
|The color on this picture is
pretty true to life :) I really like
the way these mixed florals
are looking with the solid pink.
|Some circles are beginning to
show :) This one is going to have
such a light, airy feeling.
|"Sweet & Scrappy Florals" is all
done and the binding will be in a
medium scale, multicolored
floral. Love the secondary
designs these two blocks make!
|This is one of my all-time favorite floral
fabrics. I've used it for at least two
other quilt tops, so I think this top will
be the end of it. I'll miss this fabric!
|I think this will be it :) These will be the
same two blocks as in the last quilt top,
a Shoo Fly and a Tri Recs star, but this
time, with stacked fabric. The pieces
that are cut off to make the HSTs work
to make the Square in a Square in the
center of each block. I think this floral
fabric has enough variety in the design
to make the blocks look quite different
from one another.
|This shows a little better how this
block is put together. After I sew the
four triangles to the black center
square, I trim it to 3.5 inches. The
HSTs are cut from a 3.5 inch strip
using the Easy Angle ruler.
|Here's the first set of blocks and now
I'm anxious to see how the alternate
blocks change the look!
|The points sections of the alternate
blocks are done. These blocks are
funny because the points match the
first group of blocks so there are four
different points in each of the
alternate blocks and I need to keep
everything in it's correct place when I
sew them together. Now to fill in the
rest of the spaces.
|This is one of the alternate blocks.
Four Tri Recs units, four 4-patches
made with two inch squares
(actually strip pieced) and a 3.5
inch square in the middle.
|"Floral Symmetry" is all done
and the binding will be in the
black. WOW, this was fun to
make with the four different
stacked sections in each block :)
|I'm going to work with the same two
blocks as in the last two quilt tops.
This time, instead of the corners
being HSTs, I'm using squares to
|I debated about the darker
green and I tried a cream in a
few four patches to see how it
would look. It convinced me that
the darker green was better.
|The partial stars will be
working in from the border.
|I decided to add more of the
little chartreuse square in a
square blocks. I think I'm
ready to fill in now and start to
sew some things together.
|Here's a close-up of "Orange
Delight" that shows the detail in the
fabric a little better.
|I wanted to make some Log Cabins
using my light scraps, so I'm combining
them with this dusty pink solid. I think I
may go with the traditional Barn
Raising setting for these.
|I keep thinking of Easter
Eggs as I look at this!
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|All ready to sew these together. I
really like the Log Cabins done with
half solid and half scrappy logs.
|The blocks are sewn together and
I decided to border this one in the
pink, with a few scrappy hearts
scattered in the border.
|"Hearts Around the Cabins" is
all done and the binding will
be in a pastel floral. Loved
working with these lights :)
|I'm still feeling like doing Log
Cabins and I'm wondering about
using neutrals and a high
contrast. We'll see.....
|A beginning. I'm really
interested to see how this one
|I was thinking that I might get bored
with this limited number of colors, but
I'm finding them very soothing to sew
and I like the way it's looking :)
|All ready to sew these together.
I really like the boldness of the
Zig-Zag against the randomness
of the Log Cabin blocks. Fun to
work with the solids!
|"Black Lightning" is all done and the
binding will be in one of the tan fabrics.
I decided to go without a border and
just stay-stitched around the edge. I
think what I like about this is the mix of
the very traditional Log Cabin blocks
with the modern design.
|Since the last two quilt tops
were neutral or pastel colors, I
really wanted some vibrant
color. These pink & orange
Court House Steps should
take care of that!
|I get such a kick out of the difference in
anticipating the effect a fabric will make,
when working with solids or working with
prints. The solids say, "Yes, I'll look
good!" or, "No, I won't look good!" The
prints say, "Yeah, well, maybe I will and
maybe I won't. You'll have to give it a
try and I may surprise you." I really
enjoy the surprises :)
|All ready to be sewn together.
I've been really slow getting
these blocks done and I'm
going to blame Netflix :)
|Vibrant is all done and the
binding will be in an orange
print. It really is Vibrant :)
|I think this fabric will make
some neat geometric designs
when stacked :)
|I decided to work with some split
stars. I think this fabric is making
some neat designs in the stars :)
|I decided to turn this on point. I really
like the Sawtooth Star either way, but I
think I lean toward on point.
Funny...this is star fabric and I'm
making Lemoyne Stars with a Sawtooth
Star in the background and it's looking
a little like a Feathered Star :)
|I had planned to put four
stacked stars, on white, in the
middle, but I decided it would be
too busy, so I went for this
instead, because I really
wanted the large white star to
show. Now, to decide on the
|"White Star" is all done and the
binding will be in the star focus fabric.
I thought of several different piecing
possibilities for the corners and then
rejected them in favor of the solid
|I have a lot of scrap triangles of
slightly different sizes, so they need
to be trimmed when made into HSTs.
I think this will be a good block to use
some because I can make the HSTs
and trim them as I go along, which
hopefully will keep me from going
insane with the trimming :) I've had
this idea in mind for a long time, so
I'm happy to be doing it! Everything
is based on a 2.5 inch HST that sets
in at two inches. It will be named "If
Fabric Grew on Trees."
|My trees are growing :) I haven't
decided how to set these yet, but I
really like making them!
|I think I have an idea of how
I want to set these and I'm
anxious to try it out :)
|The central tree is all mixed
florals. These have really
been great to make....I think I
see more trees in my future :)
|It seemed to me that there was a
little too much darkness in the
middle of the floral tree, so I
replaced one of the squares with
something brighter. I wanted to
see a picture to help me decide if I
wanted to space the side trees a
bit, like on the top, or have them
touching, like at the bottom. I think
I'm going to go ahead a space
|"If Fabric Grew on Trees" is all
done and the binding will be in the
blue dotted background fabric.
What fun this one was :) All of the
HSTs set in at two inches.
|I still have a "few"
triangles! Think I'll make
another tree :)
|I really got into the idea of the fabric trees! I
was thinking how fun it would be to go
gather the triangles when they became "full
grown" and fell from the tree. I love a good
fantasy :) This is HSTs and squares that set
in at one and three quarters inches,
because many of my scrap triangles are too
small to make a 2.5 inch HST. Now, to see if
I can actually get this sewn together.
|"Triangle Harvest Time" is all done and the
binding will be in the light blue used in the
setting triangles. That fabric is a print of
tiny blue leaves on white, so fitting :) I got a
kick out of the idea of harvesting triangles
as they ripened and fell from the fabric
tree! Each square and HST sets in at one
and three quarters inches, so there were
lots of tiny pieces!