Update: I won the Mary Fons Quilt Contest, and I owe it to everyone who voted for my quilt.
It looks like this:
Can I butter you up with a free coloring book outline and paper piecing units to make a custom kaleidoscope quilt of your own?
Can't blame a girl for trying, right? Before I get on to the details, how about I double down on the bribery? If you like my quilt on the Springs Creative Facebook page, I'll enter you in a drawing for the Small Wonders swag pictured below. Just let me know you did in the comments on this post. (Mr. Random will pick on April 11.) Mr. Random picked #15 Havplenty.
Let's talk inspiration. I really liked the look of a mini quilt by Debbi Groskopf that I saw in the market booth for Patty Sloniger's Into the Deep fabric line and Kati of From the Blue Chair's Grandma's Surprise mini. Using these inspiration pieces as a starting point, I created a 60" square quilt design composed entirely of 12" kaleidoscope blocks with EQ7. The fabrics I chose from the Small Wonders collection by Mary Fons include Mustard South America Ditsy, Cream Netherlands Ditsy, France Leaf, and France Mustard Ditsy. I incorporated a solid black to emphasize the prints and provide negative space for elaborate free-motion.
I began constructing paper-pieced units. Oh so many paper pieced units!
These eventually came together to form blocks.
I pinned, and I pebbled. And pebbled and pebbled...
Then, I practiced.
After which, I decided it was time to get down to business. The fill in the black background was inspired by Jess at Elven Garden Quilt's floating motifs over a straight-line background in her Binalong quilt.
Next, I quilted the life into it.
To quote Oscar Wilde, "Nothing succeeds like excess."
I used matching thread to add texture without distracting from the fabrics and overall design -- 50 weight Aurifil #2692, #2135, and #2311 to be exact. For those who want to spoil themselves a bit, there' a thread set to go with the Small Wonders collection. (Yes, I'm an enabler.)
When all was said and done, I took my creation on a field trip. This is what grass looks like in New Mexico. Just kidding. Kind of.
Thank for visiting me, and if you'd find it in your heart to vote for me, I'd appreciate it, dear cyber friend.
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