Kaleidoscope Quilt

I have always been fascinated with kaleidoscopes. I have had an idea on how to make one for a long time and finally got around to it. I shared the African print fabrics I recently received from Fabric Wholesale Direct. They sent me fabric in exchange for writing a blog post showing how I used it. This print fascinated me most.

It wasn’t printed completely straight, not uncommon with any fabric, but more noticeable on larger prints. I picked a line in the design and cut eight strips of one pattern repeat each. Can you see the red line in the photo below? That shows you where I cut my strips. I used my rotary cutter and ruler and went from the edge of one rectangle to the next.

Then I layered them up on the ironing board.I didn’t straighten the strip on the bottom so that’s why it looks wider at one end in the photo.

I did my best to match up the prints on all the layers. It isn’t the end of the world if it isn’t perfect, but you want to get it as close as possible.

Then I pulled out this die for my Accuquilt studio cutter. There is also a 6 inch quarter square triangle die for the Accuquilt GO! You could also use a template or ruler to cut your shapes.

Please note: I chose a six inch QST as the shape to cut based on the the size of my strips. My strip sizes were based on the pattern repeat size. If you have a fabric with a different repeat size you may need more or less fabric to make a similar quilt.

Cutting pieces went very quickly! I cut as many as I could from my layered strips.

Now comes the fun part. Look what happens when I take four identical pieces to make an hourglass block!

How fun is that? Time to get sewing.

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About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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2 Responses to Kaleidoscope Quilt

  1. anudge says:

    Thank you! I’m going to use that technique. you’re so clever,

  2. Pingback: Finish It Up Friday~ Kaleidoscope | KatyQuilts

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