Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Will You Join Me For A Quilt-Along?


Hi, all!

Well, it is almost that time of year again - time for the Twelve Days of Christmas in July blog hop and quilt-along!  We've got some great bloggers all lined up to share some fabulous ideas with you, and I'm working out the final details on this year's quilt-along quilt!  


Because this year's quilt is a bit different - you can create a design of your own and have a totally unique quilt - I'll be sharing a coloring chart for you to fill in, and show some examples to get you started!


First of all, here's the coloring chart:


Copy this picture and print out several pages to play with. There are many ways to do this - on my Mac, I can right-click on the image, select "Save Image As" and tuck it away in a file on my computer.  I can also do a screen capture by clicking Command-Shift-4, then drawing a box around the picture.  The file will appear as "Screenshot ***" with a date and time in the Desktop file.  I'm sorry I can't tell you how to do it on a PC, but I'm sure it's something similar. Once you have a file, open it up and print it out. You'll want to try various layouts, so print lots!  Colored pencils or even crayons or fine-tipped markers are helpful here.

And now, here's some inspiration!  These are four designs I came up with when I was planning this quilt-along...





As you can see, I used the same five colors in each (white, pink, red, lime green, and aqua), but the placement of the colors in each creates very different designs!  Sorry for all the markings and dots in the triangles - counting is a lot easier if you don't count the same triangles more than once!

And here's some inspiration I found on Pinterest by searching "kaleidoscope quilt"...





I'm working out fabric requirements for two different sizes, but I would recommend that you get a 45 degree triangle template.  I have two - one is 6.5" tall:


 and the other is 8.5" tall.  


The 6.5" size will work well for the wall hanging version, and I recommend the 8.5" size if you choose to make the larger version.  If you have a triangle template, be sure it measures 45 degrees, or it will not work for this quilt.  NOTE:  I highly recommend getting a template with the blunt tip - it is much easier to use in the final stage of making the triangle units.  

You can order either of these templates from Amazon (there are links above) and get free shipping with Prime.

I hope you'll consider joining in - this is a fun quilt to make and so much easier than it looks!  I've come across a great trick that makes it go together like a charm.  Next week I'll be showing you  how to make a sample block so you can work out the kinks and see how easy it is, AND give you charts so you can figure out your fabric requirements.

Hugs!

Sarah

19 comments:

  1. Oh! That is going to be AMAZING, Sarah!! Amazing, but pushing the limits of my comfort zone. I've never done a Kaleidoscope before.

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  2. I have been wanting to make this quilt since I saw it last year. I went crazy when I saw it would be a QAL. Happy Dancing! What size will the larger quilt be? I need to make a twin for Granddaughter and hoping I can use that pattern (even if square).

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  3. ooh you really are a temptress...LOL!

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  4. You are so tempting me...but too much on my plate. I will watch and hope some squirrel time opens up!

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  5. Stunning.
    A Dear Jane triangle ruler or dresden ruler work for make this template?

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  6. I would LOVE to participate in this one, I even have the templates, but I really can’t just now sadly. I WILL be following closely though so I can make one at a later date. This will be so FUN!

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  7. Wow, what a great design, so different with the different colorations!

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  8. Yay! I already have the Eleanor Burns Kaleidoscope ruler so I have nor excuse not to play, right?
    Pat

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  9. I would love to join in but have to many irons in the fire now and DH is having another surgery mid July so will have even more going on.

    Happy Stitching! Anna

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  10. Such a great design that you've come up with so many options for! I'm going to be watching for your tips but poor me...I'm blessed to be taking 2(!) Bonnie Hunter quilt classes this week which means I'm starting 2 huge quilts. I think my sewing schedule is full to overflowing for some time to come. HA! I'm a little in shock that it's already going to be July though ;-0 How did that happen?!

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  11. WOW!! It looks amazing. Thank you Sarah for showing alternate color arrangements. After seeing how wonderful they look, "Resistance is futile."

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  12. I would love to be part of the game! I have always wanted to make a Kaleidoscope quilt!

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  13. Awesome design. I'll try to join in but July is going to be busy.

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  14. I think a quilt in modern Christmas colors is what I am going to play with for this design! Thanks!

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  15. Oh my stars!! You are so amazing with all that you do! and hosting this too! wow!

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  16. Oh my gosh, that blue one! Insert swooning and heart emojis here!

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  17. Ohhh que maravilla de proyecto, me encantará unirme, es realmente maravilloso. Gracias por compartirlo

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  18. I'd love to join this quilt-along - I'll send you my email directly - looking forward to hearing from you soon . . .

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  19. Wow, really very pretty, but way over my head. I printed out the sample pages to color in. That I might be able to do LOL!

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