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Trying Something New.

Posted on | April 20, 2012 | 17 Comments

I have not yet made a kaleidoscope quilt, so decided it was time to have a try at this technique. I have decided to start with a very simple introduction and then move on to the more involved version.

This particular technique simply uses 4 identical squares.

The squares are arranged so that each has the same corner facing the centre, then sewn into a 4 patch.

It is very interesting playing with the squares to find the most suitable placement.

I was inspired by this pattern. I couldn’t believe that all the blocks were cut from the one fabric. Amazing.

Here is just a small sample of the ones I have done so far.

Now that I have a better understanding of how the fabric works to make the blocks, I am on the lookout for more fabrics to use in this way.




17 Responses to Trying Something New.

  • Pauline says:

    I have that pattern and the fabric in my stash somewhere…in fact I have a few of her patterns, and I do believe she is from Michigan….I think I was at a truck show years ago.

  • joan says:

    Hey I have that pattern in my stash somewhere. I should pull it out and look at it. If I remember right, I even bought some pretty hideous fabric to play with. Hummm, where might that be????

  • Rebecka says:

    That is going to be a fun quilt! I like the results of your squares just from four matching squares. Thanks for sharing.

  • Bev says:

    Hello Karen,

    Good luck with finding the appropriate fabric. That is part of the fun isn’t it. I have seen this done before and the results are quite stunning. Happy days.

  • Rachaeldaisy says:

    That looks like fun!! I really like the fabric you’ve chosen, it’s so pretty! I’m looking forward to seeing your progress.

  • Pokey says:

    I have that pattern, I figured I’d be more apt to try a 4 patch than a 6 or 8 pieced one. I sure like how yours is turning out ~

  • Astrid says:

    This technique is new to me. Amazing what can be made out of four simple squares, but I guess you have to have the right fabric to play with it. Can’t wait to see progress! :)

  • Frances says:

    I have wanted to try one of these. Your fabric is perfect for the technique!!!

  • Anita Hayes says:

    Hi Karen,
    It will be interesting to see the finished quilt! Love the pattern on the material. Enjoy! Cheers, Anita.

  • shez says:

    wow Karen that is amazing and very interesting,well done.xx

  • Now THAT is clever!! And, actually, so blindingly simple when you think about it, as all the best ideas are! Am fascinated by pattern and think this idea is wonderful. XCathy

  • Fiona says:

    That is such pretty fabric for doing that with…. they look like quite little squares to use so many in that pattern?

  • How cool! That is really neat how one fabric can be made to look so totally different according to how it is cut. Thanks for sharing your play time.

  • Denise in PA says:

    I’ve never made one of these either, Karen. Smart move, starting slowly!

  • Tabatha says:

    That is so cool, I love it, thanks for sharing!

  • Sunnybec says:

    never seen this technique before, will be watching your progress. Hugs

  • Mary Ellen Taylor says:

    How did you go about cutting the squares–they look beautiful and I would like to try that technique–thanks–Have always wanted to go to Australia and I envy you–it must be a wonderful country from the pictures I’ve seen


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