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    Last Saturday Dawn and I took a kaleidoscope quilt class together. I have 15 of my 30 blocks finished and since it may be a while until I get to the other 15, I wanted to share this part with you.

    It is absolutely fascinating to me that you can make so many different blocks out of the same fabric!! (I have a small mind--it does not take a lot to fascinate me :lol: )

    I placed my blocks on black fabric for a better contrast. The pink on the left is a fabric I am thinking about incorporating into the border. The floral on the far left is the fabric that all of these blocks are made from!
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    Gorgeous!!!!

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    I've always loved kaleidoscopes, so the quilts really intreague me. Your work is beautiful!

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    I want to have one like that!! Isn't it amazing that so many different looks can be acheived with just one fabric. Keep up the good work.

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    That is absolutely stunning! I love the colors and am amazed that all of the designs came from one floral print! :)

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    It's so pretty! I can't wait to try one, I've got the 1 fabric and the template. Don't know what I'm waiting for LOL.... I may get inspired by looking at yours :lol:

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    Great job!

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    marcia, that's awesome!!! i've never done one although I bought a quilt kit for one about 3 years ago :oops: :oops: :wink: !!

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    Wow -- that's beautiful!! Can't wait to see it finished!

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    WOW... they loooookkkkkk FABULOUS!!!! You have done a GREAT job... I agree with your choices for possible borders!

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    Ok, I am in love with kaleidoscope quilts. I really need to try one someday. Yours are awesome.

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    Does anyone know if there is a free pattern online?

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    That is stunning ! Great job :lol: Was it very hard ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by glennis
    Does anyone know if there is a free pattern online?
    It is not a pattern, per se. It is a technique. You have to have 8 repeats of your fabric, cut and stack them perfectly on top of one another, use a triangle ruler to cut the wedges and then you sew them together.

    I bought the book Kaleidoscope ABCs by Marti Michell, http://www.frommarti.com/KABCs.html But, I also took a class. I could have NEVER read the book and figured it out!!! The class was really fun because you got to see everyone else's blocks from their fabrics. So many fabrics.....so many possibilities.

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    Thanks everyone!! I would encourage anyone who wants to make one to give it a try. It is SOOO much fun to get out the mirrors and start moving them around on the fabric to see what your blocks may look like. I am hooked now!!

    We need to encourage Dawn to post a picture of her blocks too!!

    COME ON DAWN---SHOW US YOUR BLOCKS :D

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    That is beautiful!!!!

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    Wow, they are soooooo beautiful. I would like to try it.

    Can I ask you some beginner-questions??
    How big is the block and how big is one triangle template?
    I think you are going to applique each block, and then how do you stablize the applique? Are you quiting onto the appliques?

    I think it would be cute to go with some oriental prints I have.

    Panda

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    Awesome

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    BEAUTIFUL!!

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    Marcia, I think the choice of fabric is fantastic for this effect, is a stunner, or will be when you finish it up, please don't take too long I can't wait to see more, can I come and play at your house tomorrow???? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Very nice!! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by youme
    Wow, they are soooooo beautiful. I would like to try it.

    Can I ask you some beginner-questions??
    How big is the block and how big is one triangle template?
    I think you are going to applique each block, and then how do you stablize the applique? Are you quiting onto the appliques?

    I think it would be cute to go with some oriental prints I have.

    Panda
    Panda--I am happy to answer questions for you. There is a special ruler that you can buy that makes this block a lot easier to make. It is a kaleidoscope ruler and it looks like this http://www.frommarti.com/mm5/merchan...ategory_Code=R

    The blocks can be from 6 to 16" across, depending on how wide you decide to make them and how many you want to get out of your fabric. The triangles are cut at a 45 degree angle. There are 8 of them in each block.

    The blocks will not be appliqued onto the black fabric. I will use another side of the ruler to cut triangles to sew in the corners to square up the blocks. I hope this answers your questions.

    Your oriental prints would be a lovely fabric choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izy
    Marcia, I think the choice of fabric is fantastic for this effect, is a stunner, or will be when you finish it up, please don't take too long I can't wait to see more, can I come and play at your house tomorrow???? :lol: :lol: :lol:
    Izy--I would LOVE to have you come play tomorrow. I will leave a trail of fabric scraps from the Atlanta airport so you can find my house. :lol: :lol:

    I even have a nice selection of teas so we can have a tea party in the afternoon.

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    That is GORGEOUS Marcia!!!!! I guess I have a small mind too because I am fascinated by it too!!!! :D Cant wait to see more of this one!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennis
    Does anyone know if there is a free pattern online?

    I put my version on my free teaching site http://www.bitsnpiecesworkshop.com
    I like to make mine in a dresden plate shape but if you want to do the triangle just cut off the rounded end of the template. There is a template you can copy. It's all free.

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