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Thread: How Tough is a Kaleidoscope?

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    How Tough is a Kaleidoscope?

    I see them at shows and online, and they are gorgeous! BUT...are they as complicated as they look? Could I do this?
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    How long have you been making quilts? If it's not your first quilt, I think anyone can do it with good instructions.
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    There are several patterns called Kaleidoscope. Which one are you thinking of doing?

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    I made one many years ago from a book by Bethany Reynolds (Magic Stack n Whack Quilts.) The pattern is called "January Thaw." Its nice pattern because it uses a regular ruler (12-1/2 square.) I recommend the book to understand the process and to help pick out the fabric.
    It is very exciting to see the blocks evolve. You will be so surprised at what you get. If you like to read and follow directions you shouldn't have any problems. I have made a lap sized and a miniature and I have been contemplating making another.
    I'll tell you a secret. When I made the first one I didn't have the recommended amount of fabric but I was anxious to try the quilt. I cut VERY carefully and the quilt came out fine. In fact I entered the quilt in a local fair and won Best of Show!
    So I highly recommend making a Kaleidoscope Quilt! Let me know if you have any questions!!!
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    Here is a Ricky Tims kaleidoscope I made. I used lots of crystals
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    beautiful. So did you find it difficult to do?
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    I did the One Block Wonder and it wasn't too hard. The worst part was getting the fabric stacked PERFECTLY so all the cuts are the same.

    The good thing is you make it in strips, so no trying to get through the center with a bunch of seams coming together.

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    There are several books out that are helpful. Try and find a class for your 1st one. They are not hard, but you do need to be exact with cutting. I'm sure you can do it. Please post your pics. I've done several also. You may want to start with a 4 patch posie or the Fan quilt. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    There are several patterns called Kaleidoscope. Which one are you thinking of doing?
    Exactly what I was thinking. Many patterns called kaleidoscope... I think OBW is fairly easy, and Ricky Tims' Kool Kaleidoscope pattern is also easy and fun to do. Most of the S&W are also easy, as long as there aren't more than 6-8 layers. However, I did one type of kaleidoscope soon after I started quilting. It was not easy for me at that time, because of the all the small bits that I had to add on to the corners. I think I could manage it more easily now, but not then. Here it is before quilting on the design wall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snipforfun View Post
    Here is a Ricky Tims kaleidoscope I made. I used lots of crystals
    The quilting on your quilt is spectacular! And the colors - oh my! Really great.

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    Here's one I am working on. This is a Stack-N-Whack from one of Bethany Reynold's books. I took a Saturday class thru my quilt guild. Once you get the fabric lined up and cut, it is pretty simple. The best advice I can give you if you are making one like this is to press your seams open! There are 8 pieces coming together in the center and opening up those seams makes for a very nice, flat center.
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    I have a kaleidoscope on my list, but think I'll paper piece it. I even printed all the foundations. Much simpler than piecing all the triangles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    Exactly what I was thinking. Many patterns called kaleidoscope... I think OBW is fairly easy, and Ricky Tims' Kool Kaleidoscope pattern is also easy and fun to do. Most of the S&W are also easy, as long as there aren't more than 6-8 layers. However, I did one type of kaleidoscope soon after I started quilting. It was not easy for me at that time, because of the all the small bits that I had to add on to the corners. I think I could manage it more easily now, but not then. Here it is before quilting on the design wall.
    In my mind this is a true kaleidoscope pattern....true it is the old version...SnW and OBW are totally different as far as cutting out the pattern pieces and constructing the block...don't know about Ricky rim way. Don't like him.....anyway....way back I did one like pic on this post. Maybe it was an EB pattern, don't remember now, but easy peasy...and a good way to use smaller pieces of fab for a scrappy, but gives the illusion of a kaleidoscope.

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    I made this One Block Wonder after I had been quilting only a year or two. Someone's comment about stacking very carefully is important. I put a straight pin through all six layers very carefully on a very small identical part of the fabric design as I go along. Cut width of fabric strips the desired size for triangles, then the 6 triangles. It really is such fun to arrange the triangles and always have the surprise of, "Oh! Look how this one turned out!!" The other important part that someone else mentioned was the importance of choosing fabric. I've thought that Hawaiian prints would be could choices. . lots of contrast and colors. The one you see in these pictures are Asian, which I also love. There are no Y seams. . two half-hexagons that you sew with straight seams. Lots of fun!!
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    oh my, that's a beauty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    There are several patterns called Kaleidoscope. Which one are you thinking of doing?
    I had not thought of that. The one by Ruthrings is what I was looking at earlier. It just floors me the way they look when it all comes together.
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    I have both Bethany Reynold's Stack and Whack book and Ricky Tims Kaleidoscope book. They're on my to-do list later this year. Glad to hear they won't be too stressful hopefully! I love how all the quilts pictured here have come out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    In my mind this is a true kaleidoscope pattern....true it is the old version...SnW and OBW are totally different as far as cutting out the pattern pieces and constructing the block...don't know about Ricky rim way. Don't like him.....anyway....way back I did one like pic on this post. Maybe it was an EB pattern, don't remember now, but easy peasy...and a good way to use smaller pieces of fab for a scrappy, but gives the illusion of a kaleidoscope.
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    Thats a pretty strong thing to say about someone you have probably never met nor how to spell his name. We all have designs we dont care for but would never say we dont like the designer.

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    i am in the process of making one for my son's wedding quilt. I'm using Marta Mitchells' kaleidoscope template and a regular Omni ruler
    I love the ease of putting the piece together, it is the old fashioned type however.

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    And then there is Paula Nadelstern's Kaleidoscopes
    http://paulanadelstern.com/quilt-gallery/index.html

    I don't know if it is still true but I read in one of her early books she does all her piecing at the kitchen table on a featherweight.

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    I made one using the Go Winding Ways die. It looked great. I don't have a picture or the quilt as it was a donation quilt. The die cut makes sewing the pieces together fast and accurate. And no tedious cutting of those fabric pieces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I did one type of kaleidoscope soon after I started quilting. It was not easy for me at that time, because of the all the small bits that I had to add on to the corners. Here it is before quilting on the design wall.
    What is the name of this pattern? I love it.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1uySnPrPRw this is how to make some with no templates. interesting. part 1 and there is a part 2 , plus many more to view if interested.

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    Kaleioscopes are not difficult, I made my first without a book and made my own template, it needed a little tweaking that I noticed but not other's. Try it, and do a little research you tube etc.
    Create something beautiful from scraps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snipforfun View Post
    Sy
    Thats a pretty strong thing to say about someone you have probably never met nor how to spell his name. We all have designs we dont care for but would never say we dont like the designer.

    Well, first the misspelling of the name was a typo......something we have all done on this board at one time or another....and second...perhaps I have met him....I am allowed to have an opinion on his or anyone's designs whether in this field or another, as we all are, and I hope I or anyone else, can voice opinions here.

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