Saturday, February 16, 2008

Kaleidoscope 2

I made a Ricky Tims Kool Kaleidoscope quilt last year in a class, then decided to make another one this week, only smaller (15" pattern instead of 18"). This quilt is made from striped fabric called strata, that you make yourself. You make pairs, put them right sides together, and cut six pieces from each pair. This creates mirror images. Unpredictable but great fun!

This time I made my strata the same length the larger size required, but not quite as wide. It turned out that the first pattern piece for the 15" size was small enough that I could get two sets of six out of one set of strata.

I turned the pattern around for the second set and cut out six more mirror images. This picture is of both sets put on the design wall. The pattern piece is stuck up there too.

Once I cut out the other pattern pieces, they will be sewn together, but the picture is of the middle section of my kaleidoscope quilt, or in this case kaleidoscope quilts. Both are from the same strata but what a difference in the way they look just from rotating the pattern piece 180 degrees!

Actually, if I can do this with all the pieces, I will make two quilt tops and sandwich them back to back. That way I can turn the quilt around for variety, or even hang it like a flag so both sides can be seen, depending on the vantage point.

1 comment:

Exuberant Color said...

I hadn't seen that pattern of Ricky's before. I looked back at #1 and it is spectacular.