Friday 19 February 2016

A Kaleidoscope for Siblings Together - updated !

Last Year Emma (aka Brian is the Messiah) was kind enough to donate a large pile of fabric for me to make quilts for Siblings Together.  I noticed that we had reached our target before I got around to making them, so thought I should make them for 2016!

One is already complete, made from 2wenty Thr3e Fabric by Eric and Julie Comstock for Moda.  The pattern I used is here on the Moda website - it's free!  

So recently I have been working on another version in Rob Bancroft microMod fabrics from Emma!  

This time I have been focusing on the circles you can make by fabric placement - I couldn't manage this without my design wall - and even with it I still managed to swap some bits around!  Oops!

Both quilts are made with this block, which you can find papers for here if you prefer foundation piecing.   I followed the Moda tutorial and used a Simpli-EZ 45° Triangle Ruler

This is what a page of these looks like! 

And this is what the second Kaleidoscope quilt I'm making for Siblings Together looks like....

I am always fascinated that fabric choices and placement can make such a difference - it is part of what keeps me making quilts!  

What about you?

Edited to add the final finish:

I quilted those tortuous loopy things in the circles - my brain finds it really tricky to start the loops going in the right direction but once I've worked it out each time it is easy

Then I quilted a simple squared off zigzag in those in between pieces

The backing was also sent by Emma - a gorgeous newsprint text fabric!

And I made a scrappy binding from the leftovers !

And so here is the ta da moment:

Linking this finished quilt for Siblings Together to the Link Up as part of the tally towards our 100 quilt target.

Siblings Together Quilt Linky Party

I will also be linking this quilt to the Finish-A-Long 2016 at the quarter end

Finish A Long 2016

This quilt is on my FAL2016 list here


  1. I love that pattern! The first quilt is lovely, but the color contrasts in the last one makes it really special! ---"Love"

  2. What fabulous quilts. They look really complicated. Great designs and colours.

  3. Love the pattern & the quilts you made with.

  4. I love that second kaleidoscope! I've already got two kaleidoscopes going, now I want to make one like yours, too. It's such a fun pattern!

  5. I love these quilts, thankyou for sharing the link as it's a pattern I've wanted to try for ages.

  6. Smashing kaleidoscopes - you're right about the different effects and it is a fascinating pattern. I am making one at the moment and have another planned in more traditional fabrics and style.

  7. What a difference in movement! Beautiful

  8. Two lovely quilts and so different from each other. Well done on these lovely finishes!

  9. Beautiful finish, love the colors and the pattern. It looks great in the second version too.

  10. Two great examples of a wonderfully versatile pattern!

  11. I had to go back and check when you said they were made from the same pattern. You are right both beautiful but both completely different. Oh for a large blank wall for a design wall. I shall have to evict one of the children.

  12. You are such a Siblings rock star. I love watching the amazing variety of quilts that you're producing for them. It's totally inspirational. Thank you for participating in the FAL, on behalf of the 2016 global FAL hosts.


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