Friday, September 15, 2017

Kaleidoscope flimsy


Before I hopped on an airplane to California, I was able to get all my kaleidoscope blocks pieced together. I do love how all those triangles somehow magically become interlocking circles!

During the flimsy piecing, I found I was constantly having to choose between flat seams and pointy points. I mostly chose flat seams and think that was the right way to go. Even with some of the points being wonky and cut off, the kaleidoscope effect works just fine. If you're close enough to admire the points, the circles disappear anyway. And there are some fine points in there, too, if you know just where to look, ha!

I tried to get a bit of a colorwash effect, although the values of the fabrics are pretty similar. So it's really just a pink to blue/warm to cool wash. That counts, right? Is temperaturewash a thing? This one will need some borders to fatten it up a bit. Maybe a soft, solid-reading baby blue. I'm looking forward to working more on this one when I return to the boat in a week or so.


In other news, perhaps you remember this block called "Grandad's Shirts" for one of Kat's block drives. The gorgeous, finished Covered in Love quilts are now posted on Kat's site. If you want to peek at them, check out Kat's latest post.

12 comments:

Kat said...

Your color wash looks fantastic! Thanks for the shout-out :-) safe travels

Paige said...

Beautiful job, Louise! I've often wondered about piecing a kaleidoscope...on a scale of 1 to 10 how difficult would you consider it to piece?

Jeri Dansky said...

What a gorgeous quilt!

Janice Holton said...

Ooo! Love that, Louise. Very striking! How long did it take you to make it and how big is it? Or is it hard to tell if you kind of made blocks for it here and there? :)

KaHolly said...

Very, VERY nice! Heading over to Kat's, now!

PaulaB quilts said...

the quilt looks lovely, especially the circle effect. You are right, it does look like a watercolor.

Angie in SoCal said...

Love that Kaleidescope. Thanks for reminding me about CWL.

Fiona said...

I love your kaliedoscope quilt - I have always been hesitant to try one because of having colours looking good.... yours is stunning..
Hugz

Mystic Quilter said...

Oh nice kaleidoscope - a favourite pattern of mine.

Needled Mom said...

Love the kaleidoscope quilt and the quilts on Kat's blog look wonderful - nice and masculine.

Vicki in MN said...

Your kaleidoscope is gorgeous! I think you did right by choosing flatter seams over pointy points-you'll be happier when you go to quilt it.

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

Oh it looks wonderful, I love the way you graduated the colour, it's perfect.