Kaleidoscope

I know I’m like the boy who cried wolf here…but this is hands down my favorite quilt to date.  This quilt is very “me”.  I was a little sick of doing quilts with squares squares and more squares, so this was a nice way to change it up.  The quilt blocks are made using pattern pieces, but the blocks go to together surprisingly easy and it’s a nice way to dip your toes into template patterns if you haven’t yet. 
The circles are appliqued on…I used invisible thread, which is a lot like sewing with fishing line if you’ve never used it.  The pattern includes a crib size also…I’ll show you that one after I get better pics.  I quilted it with brown thread to match the background triangles and avoided quilting the circles….it gives them kind of a 3D effect in real life. 
The pattern for this is in my Pattern Shop. 

56 Responses to Kaleidoscope

  1. Terriaw January 12, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    I love this quilt! I would love to make it. I love that brown you used so thanks for pointing out which brown it is. I also love the quilting, and the way those circle pop off the quilt. What a cool project! It really deserves to be your fav!

  2. Libby January 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    So awesome! You are very talented :) Not sure I'd have the patience to pull this off.

  3. Tiffany January 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    Love it! The circles are a great touch!

  4. Jess January 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    I so love this. Great work!

  5. Heather January 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    It is a gorgeous quilt! Once I get the hang of quilting, I'm going to attempt it!

  6. Kris January 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    Love it. Reminds me a lot of a Heather Mulder Peterson quilt! The fabrics, I mean. But they aren't…just reminds me of her stuff. So cute!!

  7. inday_adin January 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    It is beautiful! I wish I know anything about quilting. :) Love it!

    Adin B

  8. randi January 12, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    i just love it! very nice work!

    randi @ i have to say

  9. Kate January 12, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Another beautiful quilt! Did you use your Accuquilt cutter for this?

  10. jodi@Pleasant-Home January 12, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    I have to agree! It's fabulous! And something totally different! Love it!

  11. Polka Dot Palm Tree January 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    I love your color choices. This is a beautiful quilt!

  12. Karenkay January 12, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    Its a beautiful quilt, I love the colors!

  13. Krista Hansen January 12, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    So amazing!! Can't wait to see the crib one.

  14. Amy January 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    Oh so striking! I just love it! Great job.

  15. Spendlove January 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    I love all your patterns, but this one is hands down my favorite! Love everything about it!

  16. Greenville Coupon Clippers January 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    Ditto, Love all your patterns. Have not done applique, but I am willing to try because I love the pattern and the color choices!

  17. fiberdoodles January 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    I absolutely love it!

  18. Colleen January 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Love the quilt!

  19. Tasha January 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    I seriously just love it too. I think I need to buy the pattern. It makes me a little nervous, but you have to start somewhere learning things right. Thanks for the email and encouragement!

  20. Rachel January 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    Wow! That is stunning! I love it.

  21. free indeed January 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    THat is a wonderful quilt! You are quite accomplished I see with quilting. I'm too timid to attempt that! I would like to though someday….

  22. Keriann January 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    Oh my gosh you've done it again! I'm totally in love with this! I've never been a big fan of the kaleidoscope patterns but the way you used that rich brown has changed my mind!

  23. Lisa January 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    Sooooo pretty! I am impressed that you remember all the lines you used.

  24. Jennifer M January 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    That's a beauty! Can you come to NC to teach me to quilt? And bring all of your fabrics, too?

  25. Crystal Hendrix January 12, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    Very pretty!

  26. Melissa January 12, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    Wow!!! I Love it, it is so vibrant and beautiful! Great work.

  27. Lindsay Conner January 12, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    Beautiful quilt! Love the solid brown backing.

  28. momto2wasd January 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    It's great!!

  29. The Rx quilter January 13, 2011 at 12:57 am #

    So beautiful…you are so talented! Lisa in Texas

  30. Christine M January 13, 2011 at 1:11 am #

    Your quilt looks fantastic. I love that you used chocolate brown!

  31. Paige January 13, 2011 at 2:22 am #

    I love this quilt. Maybe I'll work up the courage to try something that's not squares and rectangles!

  32. Q @ JAQS January 13, 2011 at 2:54 am #

    Absolutely stunning :). I could look at this quilt for hours! Great job.

  33. Jeanne January 13, 2011 at 3:25 am #

    The way you mixed up prints from different collections keeps the quilt unpredictable and fresh. Love it!

  34. Kara Haushalter January 13, 2011 at 4:05 am #

    Perfect for using up random pieces that we all have!!! Very pretty! Although I am usually only attracted to sqaures, etc (that's why I love your blog) I love this quilt too!

  35. Sewhappy January 13, 2011 at 4:43 am #

    One of my favourites too. Have to get around to making one though. Looks fantastic, colours are great, well done for listing so many fabrics.

  36. holly p January 13, 2011 at 4:55 am #

    Love this quilt!! I also love the name…it definitely reminds me of looking through a kaleidoscope!

  37. amy smart January 13, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    I love it! The brown solid makes all those colors pop.

  38. Emily Elizabeth January 13, 2011 at 5:05 am #

    i love love love this. Seriously – such a great design! Any tips or things to know before using invisible thread?

  39. Intricate Beads by Heather January 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    I have not been interested in quilting until I seen this. It is absolutely gorgeous and the fact that there are no defined squares makes it even more beautiful!! Great job.

  40. Karen P. January 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    I am in awe, once again. I wish I could find the time to make as many beautiful quilts as you do. And with little people! Amazed.

  41. Shirley January 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    I love this quilt! I could stare at it for hours!

  42. Chris of Frecklemama.com January 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    So much delicious color! Fabulous movement. My eyes just want to keep roving around enjoying it. What a treat! WELL DONE. Also, thanks for the detail about quilting thread color and approach.

  43. Sandy January 13, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    That is a great quilt…don't know if I could do it at this stage of my quilting! You are so sweet to list all of those fabrics….thanks for sharing.

  44. Elsa January 13, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    love this quilt, the colors, everything about it! thanks so much for sharing it!

  45. Rhonda January 13, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    Wow…that striped fabric gives the quilt movement….I love looking at it. Great job!

  46. Megan January 13, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    Gorgeous Quilt!

  47. Julie Peterson January 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    When we were in Cancun a vendor said, "Lady,
    are you trying to Key..ill me?" I'm thinking the same thing about both of these new patterns and the beautiful little stacks okay…big stacks of fabric SITTING next to my sewing machine!!!

  48. Jennifer January 14, 2011 at 12:54 am #

    I love this too! I especially like the brown background and don't usually like dark backgrounds. I am going to have to buy it and give it a try!

  49. Dianne January 14, 2011 at 1:22 am #

    Lovely quilt and I am so impressed with your piecing and perfect circles. Templates…ugh! Did you use an acrylic template or one you made from cardboard/plastic?

  50. Cara January 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    Oh my gosh! This quilt is fabulous – I love the chocolate brown.

  51. Lara January 18, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    i LOVE this quilt…TOTALLY my style too.
    Hugs to you and yours. Hope you are doing well.
    I'll have to try my hand at this one once school slows down a bit. I just finished piecing an Ohio star quilt before my semester begins.
    L

  52. Jennie January 19, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    Okay, I just bought mine, along with two adorable fat quarter bundles. My only question is: with the template, do you cut with your rotary cutter? Any tips on that? Terrifies me, to tell the truth.

  53. mybirthdaywish January 21, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    I absolutely love this pattern! This is definitely going on my list of quilts to make!

  54. Kristine April 22, 2011 at 12:28 am #

    That is beautiful. Simply beautiful.

  55. Emily May 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    This quilt is so cool. It sounds like it is your own pattern. Do you have it for sale?

  56. umakemewonder June 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    The quilt is fabulous. I would also be interested in the pattern….Emily posed the question perfectly: "do you have it for sale?"…

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