Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Random Notions – The Kaleidoscope Quilt

For the past couple of days I’ve been working with the kaleidoscope blocks I had made out of the Springs Creative fabric I won.  To start putting the blocks together, I just started going through the fabrics I have to see what I thought might look nice.  I found these two that I kind of liked with what was already going on, but I wondered if it was really going to work-
I loved the brown vines because it matches the brown and green in the kaleidoscope blocks exactly, and when I realized it had little red flowers in it, I pulled out this red.  Funny thing about the red- I have had it for a long time, but it wasn’t until I started working on it with my glasses on that I realized it had the little lines running through it! 

I had less than ¾ yard of the brown vines, and about 2 yards of the red.  I figured I would have to be a bit miserly with the brown, so I made 2” sashing between the blocks with it and made cornerstones out of the red to put all the blocks together-
By the time I had just a couple of rows together, I was loving the combination.  Here it is with all the sashing-
This is so different from everything I have done so far- it’s got a more traditional look than I usually go for, which I didn’t think was my style, but I am really liking it.  At this point, I knew I wanted a little more of that blue on there, but I didn’t have very much- just barely 10” selvage to selvage, but I sat down and figured out what size border I could do with it and came up with a ¾” finished size-
All that’s left is a wider border, which, since I have so much red, will be red.  I am going to try to figure out how to put a little of the original green and brown fabric of the kaleidoscopes into the corners, but all I have left are some small wedge shaped pieces, so that should be interesting.

Oh – and I had one extra kaleidoscope block left that I can make a pillow out of - good thing I was miserly with all the other fabrics so I can still do that! 

Alexis has told me she really likes this quilt top so she thinks I should give it to her since I have never made a quilt for her. <bad momma!>  I’m thinking about it... we’ll just have to wait and see.

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