Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Small Wonders Kaleidoscope

Today, I'd like to share my Springs Creative Kaleidoscope quilt with you. While I'm at it, how about a free coloring book outline and paper piecing units to make a custom kaleidoscope quilt of your own?
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Let's talk inspiration. I really liked the look of Kati of From the Blue Chair's Grandma's Surprise mini, @ellibeaven's Cotton+Steel Mini Quilt Swap winner (made from Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane's Southern Star pattern), and a mini quilt by Debbi Groskopf that I saw in the market booth for Patty Sloniger's Into the Deep fabric line. The impetus for these works was often cited as Joyce Dean Gieszler's Then and Now Quilts referenced in her blog post and Dawn White of First Light Designs' post.

Using the 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.
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I began constructing paper-pieced units. Oh so many paper pieced units!
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These eventually came together to form blocks.
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 In turn, these began to form a top.
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I pinned, and I pebbled. And pebbled and pebbled...
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Then, I practiced.
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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.
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Next, I quilted the life into it.
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To quote Oscar Wilde, "Nothing succeeds like excess."
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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.)
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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.
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