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!
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.