Kaleidoscope Quilts

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Kaleidoscope Quilts
Fri, 03-26-2010 - 3:15pm

Kaleidoscope quilts are those where the blocks are fussy cut in such a way that the resulting pattern looks like what you might see through a kaleidoscope. Stack-and-Whack is one such technique:
http://www.bethanyreynolds.com/what'ssnw.html

where each block has a different appearance even though the same fabric is used.

but there are many other approaches and practitioners:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKjGXUogNco

http://sheilareinke.wordpress.com/2008/04/22/kaleidoscope-quilt-blocks/

and a number of blocks called kaleidoscope blocks which do not impart the kaleidoscope look. here are three such patterns:

http://www.how-to-quilt.com/patterns/KaleidoscopePattern.pdf
http://www.how-to-quilt.com/patterns/Kaleidoscope4Pattern.pdf
http://www.how-to-quilt.com/patterns/Kaleidoscope5Pattern.pdf

Key in making one of these spectacular quilts a la Stack-and-Whack or Paula Nadelstern is fabric selection. Not all fabrics make nice kaleidoscope blocks!

How to buy symmetrical fabric to make kaleidoscope quilts:
http://vickiwelsh.typepad.com/field_trips_in_fiber/2010/03/buying-symmetrical-fabric.html



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