Monday, March 19, 2012


I had to prove that I'm working hard even though I'm not counting any fabric as "used".

My oriental kaleidoscope top is finally finished!
Here is one section of the top pieced.  The narrow stripe fabric had to be added to each segment, pressed and trimmed before piecing the blocks.
There is a half block of green as the first border.

 I added another stripe border the same width as in the quilt center.  Then followed it with another plain green border.
I decided to make asymmetrical borders, so the right border has a wide strip of the original fabric.  I try to include a piece of the original so viewers can enjoy the kaleidoscope puzzles in each block.

For the three remaining borders, I made blocks with an on-point kaleidoscope 4-patch in the center, alternating between a dark and a light blue background.  I spaced these squares with more pieces of the original fabric.
Added another strip border.
Then continuing with the asymmetrical theme, I added a dark blue border on the top and left side, and a light blue to the bottom and right side.  I mitered all the corners.

After quilting,  I'll add more stripe fabric as the binding.

Another quilt that is ready to baste is my Christmas hexagon project.
I found the bright green Christmas print in a shop in Virginia, on the way south in the fall.  I machine appliqued the top to the borders, using invisible (monofilament) thread and a tiny zig-zag stitch.
Since I still had leftover squares,  I sat watching TV and pressed them into prairie points.  These have been machine basted to each edge and will be turned to face the outside after quilting.  The center of the quilt has 2343 hexagons and 264 squares to form the prairie points.

Check out what others are creating at Judy's blog.


  1. I love, love the oriental kaleidoscope top! I've really been smitten by the kaleidoscope bug! Certainly this is inspiring me to try my hand at it! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Those kaleidoscopes are beautiful! Like your hexies, too.

  3. Wowza!! Your kaleidoscope quilt is AMAZING. I'm getting ready to do one up, but it will be a more subtle effect with delft blue print rather than a really high-contrast piece like your fabric here. That really yielded some spectacular differences, didn't it? :)

  4. A beautiful top, Susan - just marvelous.

  5. Those kaleidoscope blocks are fabulous! Each one is prettier than the next. Great quilt!

  6. Beautiful projects...and so much work in both of them!

  7. What a delightful surprise I had this morning when I looked at my comments for yesterday's post! Love your quilts you showed today. The hexagon top is amazing. I clicked through your yearly quilts and really enjoyed them. I think I will try to add that element to my blog. Of course, it's going to take me a while, since I'll have to go back 22 years to record them all. Don't know if that is going to happen! I'm joining your followers so I can keep up with your wonderful work. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I'm not sure how I will set my
    ABC blocks, but your quilt gave me some ideas. Be back soon!


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