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tropit 08-16-2020 06:59 AM

Kaleidoscope Quilt - Need Tips Please
I love some of the fantastical kaleidoscope quilts that have been on the scene over the last few years and I'm thinking of making one. Has anyone made one? Got any tips? Thanks.

~ C

tallchick 08-16-2020 07:54 AM

Do you have a picture of what you have in mind or a link perhaps? I have found that there are many blocks that very similar names and a million interpretations 😀.

Iceblossom 08-16-2020 08:00 AM

There are several blocks that go by the name Kaleidoscope, can you point us to a search term or page that is what you want?

Tartan 08-16-2020 08:12 AM

Yes, you will need to say which pattern. Some people call the One Block Wonder a kaleidoscope and that is a different method from others. If you can, do a link to the pattern you are considering.

QuiltE 08-16-2020 11:36 AM

Ditto to the need for clarity, Tropit ....
.... my crystal ball refuses to bring "your" kaleido into focus! :D

tropit 08-16-2020 02:13 PM

OK, OK...Here's one that I really like: http://hgtvhome.sndimg.com/content/d....966.1288.jpeg

~ C

Iceblossom 08-16-2020 02:44 PM

Ok, I'm going to watch and not participate :) I've done several of the Ruby McKim newspaper version

I think this is more the type of thing where you take 6 panels to make a one block wonder.

QuiltE 08-16-2020 02:56 PM

Thanks for the link ... now we know what you are wanting to do!
That is a OBW = One Block Wonder.
You stack six repeats of the fabric. Then cut triangles, to make your hexie blocks.

Similarly, there is a SAW = Stack And Whack with 8 repeats.
Another is the 4PP = Four Patch Posie. Yes, with 4 repeats.
Same process for all three ... different outcomes.

One spin-off that I quite like is where you use a panel print, seven repeats.
One is left uncut ... which becomes the focal point with the hexies placed around it.

Sooooooooooo ...... the real question .....
What do you really want to know about doing a OBW?

tallchick 08-16-2020 03:03 PM

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Fabric is key! And they are addicting and a lot of fun to make!


I did a hexagon and a octagon, each has their own merits, YouTube has a lot of videos and I highly recommend Jordan Fabrics for their 2 part tutorial. Theirs is for the octagon version but he really gives great tips for the fabric and it applies to either version.

Barb in Louisiana 08-16-2020 03:09 PM

I have not made one of these quilts yet, but will one day. First is finding the perfect fabric. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...tail&FORM=VIRE

Edited to add: I love to see the original fabric as either a border or part of the backing so you know where the quilt started from.

A Pinterest site that has amazing examples of the OBW quilts https://www.pinterest.com/teribamert...-block-wonder/

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